Victorious vintage in Portsmouth

This summer is looking like it is going to be JAM PACKED with great events. The jubilee and the olympics certainly seem to be having the right effect!

There is one event that I would like to share though that looks like it is going to be great fun over the jubilee weekend The event in question is the FREE Victorious Vintage in Portsmouth.

I’ll start off by saying I LOVE Portsmouth. If you haven’t been before it really is a must visit place stuffed full of so much history, great shop and a general vibrant scene (as someone who lived on the outskirts of Southampton for over a year I really shouldn’t be saying this!)

So, what better excuse to visit the city than for the amazing Victorious Vintage event?

There will ace free live music throughout both days and lovely vintage stalls at which to spend your hard earned pennies!

If you want more info about the event you can find it here

Adding yet more Horrockses to the collection!

Many people know that I have a huge obsession with the brand Horrockses and in the past month or so I have added another 5 to the ever expanding collection. I’m getting to the point now that I think I need to get them all together look at the them and work out what I actually have. Unfortunately the collection is spread between 4 different houses (uni house, mums house, dads house and grandparents house) so I’m never quite sure how many I own but I know it is somewhere between 40 and 50!
Anyway I’ll give you a little run down of my latest 5.

This  lovely number has been considerably altered, I’m pretty short and this is far too short for a mid 50s Horrockses, but I find this is quite nice because the alterations mean I can wear it without fear of damage and it  is another different print “collected”. It was also the cheapest Horrockses I’ve ever bought- £12 including postage!
The next one shows the benefits of understanding your labels. This is so very typical of the style Horrockses was famed for and whilst it actually doesn’t contain a Horrockses label it has its original made in England label, a defining factor in working out wether a possible Horrockses is one or not. The label for this would have almost certainly been in a matching bolero.
This one is a bit different as It is actually a Horrockses childrens dress (one of three I own) but being petite it does actually fit me! Horrockses in their existence produced two childrens/ younger ranges. Horrockses pirouette and Horrockses younger yet. This is a younger set example and I believe this is quite late on in Horrockses heyday dating between 1958-1964.
I’ve found price wise that the Horrockses label (white box black writing) that is in this is often dismissed, but I still feel that these dresses are highly collectible and it is only when you get to the labels which have the royal warrant that the dresses really start to loose their appeal.
Next off this stunning dress which really is the definition of Horrockses quality. This is made from the real sumptuous cotton you can expect from Horrockses and has a heavy handle and almost satiny finish. I love the contrast belt feature on this dress, I have another similar one that I blogged about here. This dress has an interesting back vent. It would actually accommodate a rather large bust but being small I think I will be wearing it open instead.
And finally this little number, which I absolutely adore. Again this dress does have heavy alterations (meaning I’m not so worried about altering it further) which decreases its value, but it is still a beauty to look at! What I will say about this dress is the measurements of this. Anyone who follows me on twitter might have seen my anger at a dress that was 4in out with its waist measurement…this is it! Supposedly it has a 24in waist. It is in fact almost 28in. Grrrr alterations here i come!
Hope you enjoyed seeing my latest additions to the collection!

See me in vintage ballgowns in this months Homes and Antiques magazine!

Well, this is rather an exciting post if there ever was one!

Today the latest issue of Homes and antiques magazine has come out, and guess what? I am in it!!!

I can’t begin to explain how insanely excited I am about this feature.
Homes and antiques is one of my all time favourite magazines (as a fashion student I should really being saying something like Vogue, but no!) So i was incredibly excited when I got asked to come and model for the magazine.
I am in the feature about vintage ballgowns written by the wonderful Katherine Higgins.

The dress above was a rather special dress as it was once MARGARET LOCKWOOD’S BALLGOWN!!! Yep, that’s right i was allowed to wear Margaret Lockwood’s Victor Stiebel for Jacqmar dress recently sold at Kerry Taylor auctions.

 Three of the dresses seen belong to me. This being the two
Horrockses dresses seen above and also the gold ballgown (below) made from late 19th century fabric but turned into this dress in the 1950s. 

The white dress is currently available from Velvet atelier

and this dress can be hired from Haselmere wardrobe

And if you are wondering about my rather glamorous look my hair and make up was done by the wonderful Natasha from pretty me vintage. Thanks for making me feel like a film star for the day!

I highly recommend a peruse of the latest issue great features as ever, well done H&A!!!

Styling: Kiera Buckley-Jones

Photography: Joanna Henderson