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

York Festival of vintage


On Saturday I had a completely wonderful day in one of my favourite cities in the country, York. My reason for travelling up to York was for the Festival of Vintage a brilliant event organized by Keeley Harris the lady behind the Discover Vintage fairs and the Vintage Emporium shop in York.
What can I say? Not only did the event have some completely amazing stalls offering something for everyone (in particular lots of wonderful mid century dresses) but there was also a collectors corner, music, cars, hair and make up, talks and fashion shows.
My outfit for the day was a lovely two pieces 1950s Liberty of London airforce blue grosgrain suit and 1940s Lotus suede platform shoes.

Here are just a few of the purchases I made. 

An amazing Jonathan Logan Suit. I think I might need to alter the skirt a bit as the line isn’t quite slim enough for me and do something about the fading on the arm, but love it nonetheless. (apologies for the weird angle of the picture my cupboard door decided that was the prefect moment to spring open)

A lovely little Lucite purse and rhinestone beaded bag

 A fab lucite “confetti” bangle

(These four bits were all from one of my favouirte sellers who I seem to buy from every time she is at the big vintage fair at Leeds town hall)

A totally fab 50s Blanes Dress which is a perfect fit and still has its original integral net underskirt
And here is me with the lovely Becca @bookishbecca on twitter whom I had never met before Saturday and the Lovely Naomi of Vintage secret who was talking at the event (and rather an excellent job of it she did too!)
There will also be another festival of vintage happening in September at Epsom Racecourse in Surrey, details here!

A New (to me) 50s vintage novelty print skirt

Sorry I have been so ridiculously quiet of late! Unfortunately this is likely to continue for the next two weeks until my final degree coursework is handed in.

So, for now I’m just going to keep sharing some pieces purchased lately : )
Today is this rather spiffing 1950s skirt which is in absolutely perfect condition (the cotton is so crisp i wouldn’t be surprised if it had never been worn)

I am an absolute sucker for novelty prints. Give me something a little bit different or random and I am a happy bunny. This gorgeous skirt is not exception printed all over with champagne bottles and grapes. It really is a perfect skirt for someone like me who certainly enjoys a tipple!

This skirt comes from the retailer Richard shops, although it has no makers label. Richard shops designed their own brand garments as well as selling pieces by other companies. Richard shops was a well known department store with the brand first started way back in 1927 by Jack Lyons. The company finally ceased trading in 1999 after being bought out by Arcadia and most stores changed to those within the Arcadia group.

Richard shops Preston c.1962

I also have a Horrockses dress with a Richard shops retailer label in it (the same label as this) which demonstrates they were one of the many department stores that stocked Horrockses dresses in the 50s.

I’m actually pretty interested by Richard shops as it’s only since buying vintage that I’ve come across the department store despite the fact it was still operating in my lifetime. Was it mostly a Northern operation? And what sort of price level were they at? (I’m guessing due to their buy out by Allders at one point it was somewhat similar to them). Anyway I’d love to know more if anyone has any info!