There’s just something so irresistible and timeless about the elegance and glamour of the 40s, 50s, and 60s that transcends generations and fashion fads, and surely our mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers would feel quite chuffed knowing their clothes are so coveted in the 21st century.
And thanks to being so desirable, tradable and rare, the last decade has seen a sizable community springing up around the sale of vintage clothes, resulting in shows like the Love Vintage Fair– much to the delight of insatiable vintage shoppers.
After all, unlike shopping for new clothing, it’s not just about finding a garment and asking the shop assistant for your size – vintage shopping is about the thrill of the hunt, rummaging through endless racks to find that one item that takes your breath away, and actually fits.
Be-still our beating hearts as we enter the Love Vintage Show , to find the creme of the most prolific vendors of clothing, textiles, jewellery, home-wares, furniture and collectibles from around the country under one roof.
Cute headbands and facinators at Dandy Long Legs www.dandylonglegs.com proved to be a hit with my rockabilly loving friend and I couldn't go past Willow Vintage’s 70s hippy-era tassels.
Eye-popping dresses in sumptuous lace and tulle complete with teeny-tiny waists were showcased at Coutura Vintage, some fanciful high quality day-dresses from Recycology demanded we part with our cash, and some serious retina-dazzling bling from Vintage Junkyard with their beaded shirts and dresses that drew us like moths to a flame.
The colorful assortment of belts dangling, dresses, shoes, sunglasses, purses and jewelry was head-spinning but there were plenty of other treasures to catch our fancy, including kitchy home wares from Vintage and Retro Homewares, as well as dainty tea cups and candelabra.
Mistress Chrissy from Lindy Charm School expertly styled my hair into a Victory Rolls’ in a swift ten minutes (gasp! No rollers or heat necessary!). And while I failed miserably trying to do the style myself at home, her newly released DVD is available for purchase to show us novices the tricks of the trade.
The growing community of vintage-loving men weren’t forgotten - more stores than ever catering to the disconcerting gentlemen – with scores of hats, pants and shirts on jammed racks.
For a generation and society that has long prized modernity and fashion fads, it’s so heartening to see the hordes supporting small business and keeping the graceful fashion of yesteryear alive.
Gloved fingers crossed the Love Vintage Show will continue to grant us aficionados a slice of a bygone era for a few years yet!
Don’t Miss the love vintage show in Brisbane on April 5 – 7. For more information, head to lovevintage.com.au