Festival of Vintage: Epsom…what a day!

Yesterday I had a totally fabulous day as I was exhibiting some of my vintage dress at the Festival of Vintage in Epsom. You can see my stand here…
I had around 30 dresses with me for the festival, I had so many lovely comments about my dresses!The response to the dresses was fantastic

This was my dress for the day (apologies for the state of my face…5 mins of make up and a tad too much to drink the night before didn’t leave me looking at my best!) One of my favey fave Horrockses, recently repaired by the wonderful splendid stitches. The dress has its matching bolero, but it doesn’t fit as well as the dress does.

There were so many fabulously dressed people at FOV, the fashion show therefore was an absolute highlight (myself and Naomi Thompson judged it!).

This was Shauna who had to be one of the best dressed people I saw yesterday. Her original 40s dress was a-mazing.

And this is the lovely Holly Foster who won best dressed. Her dress is by California cottons and her shoes and bag are both original 50s. She looked so stylish!!!
FOV was a great place for seeing friends old and new, and reminding me yet again of the power of twitter as this is where i first “met” many of the people I saw today!
Lets hope Keeley has some more events coming down South. The discover vintage fairs were always one of my highlights when I was at uni in Leeds so it was great to go to one of Keeleys fair again (although in a different guise). She always carefully picks the traders, meaning the quality of vintage in offer is always high. I could have spent so much money yesterday, but for once I was good ; ) There are lots of traders who I will be looking up in more detail soon for sure.

Birthday presents GALORE!!!

On Wednesday it was my birthday (22!) and I just had to share some of my looovvveeely presents I received (mostly vintage/ history related!).

First off I got a stack of excellent books that I desperately wanted (reviews coming on all four shortly). After having a quick flick through them I am particularly excited about getting stuck into the book about Alistair Morton and the Edinburgh Weavers. There are some fantastic images of original artwork for Horrockses prints in the book.
I also received some lovely gifts from my Ma (always an ace present buyer).

One of my absolute highlights was this gorgeous skirt (look at the pockets!!!) The skirt is French made from Boussac cotton. I found this interesting as Boussac were the firm that originally bankrolled Christian Dior in 1947.

I also got this delightful swimsuit (sun??? please!) This is so typical of 50s swimsuits In its design! I particularly love the huge bloomers that come with it.

Another highlight was this 1930s suit (very interesting in its fabric and design).  I’m only wearing two parts of it in this picture as the top has approximately 15 hooks and eyes, and I didn’t have the energy to do them all up to take a quick photo! i actually think without the top it looks more 50s! This and the swimsuit seen previously both came from May’s Antiques in Lewes, which is one of my favourite shops for vintage finds.

I also got this selection of amazing prints, Mum stated “for your house”… Might be a while off yet ; ). Three of the prints feature Ossie Clark designs and date from 1969, the other is a Horrockses print (shockingly one I had never seen before from 1954).

On top of those lovely prints I got this amazing German sheet music from my dear friend Naomi. This is getting framed and going on my wall ASAP. Unfortunately my German isn’t top notch, i think it means something along the lines of “Marie, you are the loveliest lady, what do you cost for me?” (Ok, my German is really poor…because that doesn’t make sense, but it is something along those lines ; ) )

My aunt also took me to see Abigails Party at the Wyndham on Tuesday as a pre-birthday treat. I highly recommend going to see it. Jill Halfpenny in particular is hilarious in it.

I just had to share the dress I was wearing yesterday too. This original 50s stunner came from a box of clothes purchased last year for £30. Most of the items in this box needed a lot of care and attention to get them back to their best, this dress included which was dirty and crumpled. Looks pretty good now? Wouldn’t you say?
So all in all a lovely birthday (topped off with a night out with some of my best pals in Wimbledon). Roll on 22, lets see what you have to offer!