Sunday, 7 September 2008

In with the old...

Frock me Vintage Fashion Fair set up its stalls and tea room in Chelsea Town hall today, a gorgeous venue for a lot of really gorgeous stuff. Unfortunately, shopping at these fairs is mostly a spectator sport for me, as I am neither a size 0 nor brandishing wads of cash. Lace, sequins, silk and satin dresses dating from the turn of the century to more recent vintage 'style' pieces line the walls of the town hall,along with accessories like hats, fans, shoes, gloves and suitcases. If you're the creative type, then this is the ideal place to get vintage buttons, sequins, lace, ribbons and decorative pieces to embroider onto your clothes. Buttons and stuff were almost all I could afford, as the truly lovely vintage pieces were all pretty pricey. There were exceptions though-I came across a great vintage style Marc Jacobs slip dress for £40. And if you're going to a fancy dress party, its a great place to get the hat or fan that will make your outfit, even if you don't have the tiny post-war figure or the big, pre credit crunch budget to buy your dress there. As long as you're not worried about the size of your waist, pop into the tea room for tea, scones and deliciously iced cupcakes. Next London date for the fair is October 26th, check out their site here:
 The London photo fair also hit town today, a really great little get together of vintage photo dealers for a wide range of budgets- selling everything from old postcards to one off prints. This is basically like visiting a gallery exhibition of historic images, but here you're allowed to touch and even take home what you see. The next show is in November, register on the website and they'll send you an arty postcard to remind you its coming up:

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