V&Oak Post: The Porcelain Perk of Afternoon Tea

As bespoke, decorative plates continue to crop up on the vintage scene, Charlotte Rowland looks at the evolution of these collected ceramics to uncover what they embody and represent.

With exclusive designs and prints as well as a level of everyday practicality that makes buying them all the more excusable, vintage plates have rapidly taken over more than their fair share of the modern market. Not only is this curatorship worth it for artistic purposes, with many plates boasting flamboyant florals and patterned façades, but stocking up on these delicate and ornate plates, as well as satisfying aesthetically, is a way of historically tracing the development of the plate as object or art.

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When trade routes opened to China in the fourteenth century, porcelain objects, like dinner plates, became must-haves for European nobility. With this introduction, the plate quickly became associated with traits of dignity and aristocracy, with their use, expanding gradually to become the prime sign of an opulent Marie-Antoinette-style tea party from the Victorian era onwards, chiefly being to serve, host and impress respected guests. A cabinet stock in a courtly home was taken as a sign of finery, opulence and prosperity, and as an indicator that the titleholders were of a respectable and venerable class.

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Plates like the above, for instance, dated c1890, would have been much admired and esteemed for their hand painted glaze of pansies, lilies of the valley and ferns. In keeping with the multi-functional use of the plate we have today, however, the perforated edge here, foremost a decorative emblem, could also be threaded through its gaps, which would personalise the plate and ready it for hanging. Lace plates were also a prized style of the nineteenth century, with punctuated edges, this time much like a paper doily, allowing for the same decorative license.

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Plates, however, were also accepted as works of art. The practice of collecting ‘souvenir’ plates was popularised in the nineteenth century by Patrick Palmer-Thomas, a Dutch-English nobleman, whose public plate exhibitions vouched for plate collecting as a fashionable and inexpensive hobby.

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Credited to the Danish company Bing and Grondahl in 1895, the first limited edition collector’s plate ‘Behind the Frozen Window’, seen above, sold at an unpredicted rate. Styles like the one below, taken from the Royal Albert collection, for instance, could be picked up easily, while similar designs can be purchased from online stockists today for an average of £15.

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Serving an opulence of scones, tarts and fancies atop mismatched plates and table-wear would, to a Victorian tea-goer, have seemed out of place and uncourtly. Now, however, not only is it fashionable to stock, collect and trade vintage plates, but mixing prints, colour and periods is seen as a quirky, creative touch.

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 Pretty, lavish tints, as seen in the c.1948 Royal Crown Derby plate above, became, for their elegance, the Victorian vogue , with the style of this design  in-particular,  known as a ‘ribbon-edge’ plate, being specifically in demand.

With such a history behind them, vintage plates stand today as more than just visual aesthetics. Our recently developed obsession with vintage plates can, in part, be put down to the attraction of style, with much of the porcelain circulars being delicately and exquisitely decorated with hand-painted floral designs, yet with their development of function, and how they came to mark out divisions between social class and status, plates today should be considered as historical artefacts as well as works of art.

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Sold singularly or en masse, vintage plates are not only appearing on the shelves of copious second-hand shops, but are also slowly and gradually filling the shelves, walls and tables of our homes, too.

Plate 8Available in art nouveau, art deco, post-war, retro and, typical of the Victorian era, floriated, garden-inspired styles, plates like these are easy to obtain, with popular sites Not On The High Street, Cakes Stand Heaven, Etsy and eBay all stocking a unique supply. Prices vary, depending on the date, marque and china, yet a good browse at the market will easily reveal a plate to your tastes.

And not forgetting you can pick up gorgeous vintage plate (or two) and an eclectic range of homewares at a Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair near you – click here for the calendar!

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Whether you purchase a refined six-set to fund a welcome Afternoon Tea, or prefer to use your plates more artistically, there’s no doubt that vintage plates, adaptable and sundry in their uses, are functional and creatively compliant, reminding us all the while of their pertinent back-story which we as modern-day plate collectors can and should unfetter.

Take a look at V&OAK Magazine for more vintage products and collectables.

See you next week!

Charlotte Rowland at V&OAK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

V&Oak Post: The History of the Cloche

Beyond the decade of their initial hype, when the sheer freshness of a new commodity is enough to generate curiosity, hats, it seems to me, have a hard time surviving.

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Take the thin-ribbed cloche, modelled here by ‘20s American actress Constance Bennett in all its eye-hiding, shapely glory. Named after the French for ‘bell’, the dome-like arch quickly became a desired form. Looks like this, pioneering the cloche’s sculpted, bell-shaped fit, were widely imitated during the Jazz Age, prompting a new calibre of sophistication.

A dominant trend in ‘20s film, fiction, and fashion, the trim, comely cloche is one of the key hats we as modern-day failed hat-wearers have let slip.

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When Swedish film actress Greta Garbo, a top Hollywood star of the decade, played the part of emotionally wounded woman in her first ‘30s talkie ‘Anna Christie’, sales of the cloche rose prolifically, spurred all the more by the film’s deep sentimental intrigue which Garbo’s lead role, enhanced by the facial concealment of the cloche, performed.

In its prime, the concept of the cloche had huge appeal to couture houses like Lanvin and Molyneaux, who opened ateliers to join milliners in manufacturing hats that precisely matched their clothing designs.

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Invented by Caroline Reboux, whose delicate, novel designs are modelled below, the cloche was deemed a fashion-forerunner of the ‘20s ever since Reboux’s first unstructured felt hat launched the decade into a cloche-craze.

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Reputably, Reboux was self-invented. As French word has it, she was the fourth child of an impoverished noblewoman and a man of letters, who was orphaned and came to Paris to live. Yet for all its factual questionability, this spirited background demonstrates and epitomises Reboux’s innovative eye, which allowed her to upheave and recreate headgear fashion.

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As the style flourished, the notable formality and structure of the cloche were picked up on by Vogue, Surrealist artists, for whom the movement was just beginning, and contemporaneous Art Deco styles alike.

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In time, too, the hats even came to shape hairstyles. The Eton crop, worn short and slick here by dancer and actress Louise Brooks, became popular because it was ideal to showcase the cloche’s desirable shape.

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The method of cloche-making, too, added to the ingenuity of this thriving new design. Typically, Reboux would create the hat by placing a length of felt on a customer’s head and then cutting and folding it to shape. Frequently in early years hats were left minimal, with any embellishments restricted to flattened ribbons, pleats or loops.

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Later, a cloche might be made from sisal or straw, with any number of beads, ribbons, or lace filaments adorning the sculpted lower rim. Up-to-date modes, such as the large-brimmed straws known as Gainsborough hats, began to feature on streets and screens alike, like the mode flaunted by model and vaudeville Leila Hyams, photographed by George Hurrell below.

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Additionally, different styles of ribbons were often affixed to the hats to indicate different messages about the wearer. Whereas an arrow-like ribbon would indicate a girl was single but had already given her heart to someone, a flamboyant bow suggested the girl was single and could be approached, while a firm knot signalled marriage.

The fact the cloche enjoyed a second vogue in the ‘60s, spurred by the infiltration of psychedelic colour and print, and is cropping up more and more in modern lines, with Dior creating a collection of cloche-inspired hats in 2008, Angelina Jolie picking up the trend in ‘The Changeling’ the same year and Peppy Miller, lead actress of the 2011 silent French film ‘The Artist’, likewise following suit, proves the cloche is not all gone.

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It was Coco Chanel, seen wearing a straw cloche in 1929, who said “once an invention has been revealed, it is destined for anonymity”.

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Although artistic earnestness never goes amiss, it strikes me that, sometimes, we should be asking for the opposite. I, for one, would relish the chance to don a sky-blue, low-brimmed cloche just to post that much overdue parcel and pick up that much needed carton of milk without feeling I had forayed my way into a delusional, fictional world, transforming myself into a Havisham-esque eccentric who should be confined to her senseless but definitely not hatless self. When I go, or, more frequently, stray, into a stumbled-upon vintage store and see a hat for sale, my mind flashes back to days when such pieces were a part of classic, ordinary outerwear, fitting seamlessly into the flapper-girl lifestyle of late afternoon teas and dusky evening verandas.

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It’s not that hats escape the catwalk, or fall out of vogue, as such. It’s much less than that. The fact hats rarely seem to last, at least with as much profundity, ten or so years after their hyped emergence, is, quite simply, because they no longer feel appropriate to what women do or want.

 

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Hats off, I say, to the hat-wearers amongst us ensuring the values of classic, archived glamour are subtly but surely preserved.

For more fashion and ‘20s looks, check out V&OAK Magazine.

See you next week!

Charlotte Rowland at V&OAK

V&Oak Post: Vintage Make Up

In a society dominated by the entertainment industry, celebrities have us in the palm of their hand. They could dictate the most ridiculous trends and we would still follow them blindly.

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I will raise my hand – I’m guilty of this. There are a few VIPs I am absolutely in love with and I look up to them for inspiration. But even they must have found their inspiration somewhere. Today I am going to talk you through the signature looks of a few celebrities who know their vintage style.

First up, the 1940s. We cannot mention vintage make-up without thinking of American burlesque dancer, model, actress and vintage goddess Dita Von Teese.

 

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Dita’s make-up rarely changes: her winning look is bright red lipstick and black winged eyeliner paired with luscious fake lashes, all on porcelain skin. Finish with a bit of blush or contouring and strongly defined brows and you’ve got the Dita look.

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Dita gets her inspiration from 1940s burlesque dancers such as Bettie Page, with her jet black hair, and Betty Grable, with the tight curls. Both rocked the iconic red lip.

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pic 4bNext up is Lana Del Rey. The American indie singer stays true to the black winged eyeliner, but she softens it slightly with a brown smokey eye or a defined crease to add more depth to the eye.

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The lipstick is also more subtle; Lana chooses a nude lip and finishes her look with big ’60s-’70s hair.

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 Lana is said to have taken inspiration for her artist name from American 1940s actress Lana Turner, but we see more of a resemblance with French iconic actress and model Brigitte Bardot. Her kitten eyeliner, nude lip and big tousled hair made her a sex symbol in 1960s France.

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An artist who likes to jump between both looks is British singer Adele.

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Adele has confessed to loving vintage clothes and to working with her stylist to create one-of-a-kind dresses for big events. She often completes her outfits and make-up with voluminous hair.

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 Her simple red lip and defined eyes remind us of Marilyn Monroe.

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Lastly, someone who certainly knows how to have fun with her style and will go with whatever look crosses her mind is English pop singer Paloma Faith. The eyeliner and strong brows are ever present, but the lip and hair change as she pleases.

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 We learnt to expect anything from Paloma: her hair always reinvents retro styles verging on eccentric fun looks. Her style goes all the way from the 1940s with the bold red lip to the 1980s with the big hair and bright lip. Her Jessica Rabbit-like red wavy hair is often compared to actress Veronica Lake

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Paloma has said she likes to have fun with her fashion choices: she knows she’s going to make mistakes and she’s ready to forgive herself and have more fun, and we adore that about her.

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For more vintage beauty inspiration, check out V&OAK Magazine.

See you next week!

Giulia Nespolo at V&OAK 

New Season – New Specs!

Are you a wearer of specs?

Are you looking for a pair of vintage inspired or true vintage glasses? 

Your search is over! Our wonderful trader I Need Spex have just branched out and are now offering Vintage and Vintage inspired specs and reglazing as part of their service.

Our Brand and Event Manager Emily got her fabulous Vintage glasses (an eBay find) reglazed by I Need Spex recently and can’t stop bragging about the quality, speed and care they took making them the perfect fit…

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 Vintage glasses are delicate things so many opticians refuse to reglaze them for you (what’s a girl or guy to do?) Don’t fret, I Need Spex can do it for you – HOORAH!

You pop them in the post and they get delivered straight back to you – how easy is that?

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Here’s Emily in her specs…SPECtacular don’t you think? (Sorry we couldn’t resist)

Reglazing starts at £15 – an affordable option (and you know how much we like the word affordable at Judy HQ)!

Check out I Need Spex reglazing options here.

With summer just around the corner we may just have to order ourselves some Vintage (or Vintage inspired) sunglasses too – start at £25 (including prescription lenses) we might have to get a couple of pairs…just because!

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What about these amazing 60′s beauties?

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Or how about these statement specs?

Take a look at I Need Spex Vintage/Retro range here.

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Let’s not forget our wonderful trader Auntie Aviator the winner of the ‘People’s Choice Award’ for best stall at Spitalfields! If you want to get yourself some new specs and live in London, Auntie Aviator will be at our Bethnal Green event on April 6th.

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Our lovely followers over on Twitter have also recommended a few other websites to snap up a pair of Vintage and Vintage inspired specs:

http://www.retropeepers.com/

http://www.madamsvintage.com/

http://www.pretavoir.co.uk/

Have you got a pair of amazing vintage glasses? Tag us on Instagram @judysvintagefair or Twitter @judyvintagefair and show them off!

V&OAK Post: Issue 2 Preview

Hello there from V&OAK HQ, where I am clutching a big mug of coffee and proofing the next Spring/Summer ’14 issue of the magazine, and it’s looking like a blinder. 

Here are just some of the pages you can expect from the 196-page jam-pack edition.

Build Me Up Buttercup

Gorgeous fashion shoots, using vintage clothing, inspired by the past, yet totally wearable today.

French Connection

We profile the exotic lives of our style icons, including the beautiful and eccentric 1930s megastar, Claudette Clobert.

Hollywood's Princess

Can’t wait for Nicole Kidman’s portrayal of Grace Kelley this summer? We delve into the remarkable story of this graceful leading lady.

Just the Ticket

If you’re planning your big day, don’t miss our stunning vintage wedding dress photo shoot.

Ten Rules of Vintage Shopping

Don’t leave home without our ultimate guide to vintage shopping.

The Business of Vintage

Whether you’re thinking of starting a vintage business, or are well on your way, we have some essential tips for taking your venture to the next level.

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All this and much, much more is included in the next issue of V&OAK. We have a very exciting cover star to announce very soon. She’s a gorgeous lady with a penchant for vintage. Can you guess who it is?

Pre-order your copy of V&OAK Issue 2 for just £6 here.

Or why not subscribe for just £16 and get both Issue 1 and Issue 2 delivered direct to your door. Simply fill in the form on our website.

See you next week!

Anastasia Grabova from V&OAK 

Staying Organised this Spring!

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Spring has sprung and it’s time to get organised at Judy HQ. With lots of lovely events on the horizon for our fabulous traders and customers – to-do lists and lots of tea are filling up our busy days!

With this is mind, the lovely folks over at Urban Cottage Industries have sent us some organisation must-haves to keep us on the go and on top organisation form.

Personalised ‘Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair’ Moleskines

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We can’t resist anything in our company colours at Judy HQ – let alone those with our name on them as well! Urban Cottage Industries can de-boss any message onto a Moleskine of your choice using vintage printing machinery! (What a perfect present they would make)

Pssst…follow them on Twitter for their weekly 50% off Happy Hour

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Staying charged with Urban Extras

Keeping up to date with all our lovely customers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram is one of our favourite jobs. As there are so many of you (and we love you all) we must make sure we’re always fully charged!

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Check out these amazing coloured cables to keep you charged in style! (And look at that, they’ve got them in our company colours)

Where there is tea – there is hope

Tea is liquid energy in our books and our favourite tea this month is Pukka Vanilla Chai! Great if you’ve got a super sweet tooth and need something to warm you up and get you raring to go for the day.

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So where will we be this Spring?

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Sat 22nd March – Leeds

Sun 23rd March – York

Sat 29th March – Cumbria

 

Sun 6th April – Bethnal Green

Sun 27th April – Manchester

 

Sat 3rd May – Bristol ***NEW VENUE***

Sat 3rd May – Newcastle

Sat 10th May – Lincoln

Sun 11th May – Reading

Sat 17th May - Ipswich

Sat 17th May – Glasgow

Sun 18th May – Edinburgh ***NEW VENUE***

Sat 24th May – Birmingham

Sat 31st May – Bath 

Spruce up your Spring wardrobes the affordable vintage way and join at an event near you!

Retro Regards,

Judy HQ xx

V&OAK Post: What to Wear this Weekend

A very happy hello to you from V&OAK HQ, where we are putting together our Spring/Summer magazine. It’s a funny business, running a bi-annual magazine. In the summer we’re thinking about Christmas jumpers and duffel coats, and in the winter we’re researching glamorous swimwear and floral frocks.

At last, the good weather has come early and finally, looking up festival wear and holiday garb doesn’t feel so off-kilter after all. So, to celebrate the start of the sunny season and the imminent launch of the Spring/Summer edition of V&OAK, I have compiled for you three gorgeous outfits for beautiful Spring weekend.

Friday Night Date

Outfit 1

Custom-made 1950s style shift dress, £POA, Julie Lou

Handmade sodalite ring, £28.37, Anemone Jewelry

Gold leather bow shoes, £30, Ooh Betty

Saturday Charity or Vintage Shopping

Outfit 2

1980s dress with little hearts, £22, Rokit 

Anne Klein clip-on earrings, £12, Rokit

Pink floral headband, £24, Paradise Shore

Vintage leather loafers, £50, SMJH

Sunday Picnic

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Upcycled denim shorts, £24, Rokit

1970s Aztec print top, £18, Love Vintage Shop

1970s floppy hat, £21.01, Charli Alana Vintage

Which outfit is your favourite?

Next week I’m off to focus on completing Issue 2 of V&OAK, so see you in a couple of weeks.

In the meantime, you can pre-order your copy of the 200-page jam-packed vintage magazine here!

Thanks for reading, and see you in a couple of weeks!

Anastasia Grabova from V&OAK 

Returning to Edinburgh this March – Vintage Nation

We are delighted to be returning to Edinburgh Corn Exchange on March 16th with Vintage Nation! After the huge success of our October event, with over 2500 customers through the doors, we couldn’t resist hosting it again.

We’re going ALL OUT to bring you an even BIGGER event than last year, combining vintage fashion, furniture, food, music and beauty!

***The Affordable Vintage Marketplace***

Bringing much-needed retro retail therapy, prepare for the mother of all vintage markets [and then some!] 100 affordable stalls from all over the UK, with pieces from the 1900s and on are all up for grabs, with fashion, accessories, menswear and jewellery included.

For those of you wanting an interior fix, expect furniture and homewares galore! From the kitsch to the collectible, no box is left unticked!

***The Stage***

This year we’ve got even MORE live acts! With a fabulous mixture of vintage acts throughout the day to keep you entertained in between tea drinking, cake scoffing and vintage shopping!

Not forgetting our resident Gramophone DJ – LORD HOLYRUDE will be mixing up some of his best vintage tunes to dance [and shop too!]

THE SHIVERIN’ SHEIKS

Bombastic 50′s pop, Country Gospel, Dancefloor Rock n’ Roll and Doo Wop from these wandering princes of the desert.

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THE KENNEDY CUPCAKES

Performing show-stoppin’ routines to hits of the Golden Era & dressing in the finery of the times, these delectable darlings of the stage will be sure to add that all important touch of sparkle to Vintage Nation.

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THE BLITZ SISTERS

Think The Andrews Sisters, Gracie Fields, Vera Lynn, George Formby, Edith Piaf and Frank Sinatra! This 1940s singing duo are set to create some serious nostalgia at this year’s event!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Blitz-Sisters/

@theblitzsisters

***Food***

For all twee-loving tea drinkers, our pop-up tea rooms will be open from midday, serving tea in china cups, sandwiches, scones and cakes [and this year it's even BIGGER]!

If that wasn’t enough, we’ve lined up some fabulous food traders if tea and cake doesn’t tickle your flavour fancy.

***Beauty***

Be ye Twiggy or Brigitte, have we got a treat for you! The pop-up beauty lounge looks set to be a hive of activity, with victory rolls and lippie from a fiver! Browse I-pads and vintage mags as you let the magic happen – old-world glam in an instant!

Join our Facebook event page here.

Tickets on sale here > https://ece.ticketabc.com/events/vintage-nation-2/
Full price entry – £5
Under 12s go free

We hope you can make it!

Retro Regards,

Judy HQ xx

V&OAK Post: Oscar Winning Vintage Films

It’s that time of year again, when most of Hollywood is preening itself for one of the most important film awards in the industry. The 86th Academy Awards is being hosted by Ellen DeGeneres this Sunday, 2nd March, and already the international press is awash with predictions on everything form who is going to win, and what they will wear, to whether Jennifer Lawrence will trip over and fall or do something equally goofy (the general consensuses is, of course she will and viewers will love her all the more for it).
In preparation for this most glitzy of events, I thought I’d take a look back at the illustrious history of the Oscars, picking out some of the best movies to have won the covetable award, and finding out where you can buy a vintage movie poster in homage.

Cabaret (1972)

Original film poster, £250, At the Movies

Bob Fosse’s portrayal of a decadent cabaret club in 1931 Germany won him a whopping eight Academy Awards. Starring Liza Minnelli as Sally Bowles, a bohemian singer and performer, this musical shows the seedy underbelly of Berlin during the last days of the Weimar Republic. With Germany suffering the effects of the Great Depression, the power of the Hitler and the Nazis rapidly increases, affecting the lives of all strata of society. Featuring catchy show tunes and lively dancing, this film is both thought-provoking and hugely entertaining.

My Fair Lady (1964)

Stretched canvas print, £49.99, Art.co.uk

Audrey Hepburn, the epitome of charm and grace, plays Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower girl who is transformed to pass as a duchess in Edwardian high society. This 1960s musical film adaption of George Bernard Shaw’s stage play Pygmalion, also won eight Academy Award including the prestigious Academy Award for Best Picture. A remake is reportedly in the pipeline, with Carey Mulligan rumoured to play the role of Eliza Doolittle. It’s going to be tough act to follow for Mulligan, but we will wait with eager anticipation.

Gone with the Wind (1939)

This epic Civil War romance brought us a such quotable gems as “frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn,” and this brilliant spiel by the dashing Rhett Butler (Clarke Gable); “No, I don’t think I will kiss you, although you need kissing, badly. That’s what’s wrong with you. You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.”

Unashamedly sentimental and dramatic, the film relays the up-down relationship between manipulative Scarlett O’Hara (Vivienne Leigh) and fiery Rhett Butler. Even now, 75 years since its release it remains a breathtaking piece of cinema – and is still the highest grossing film in film history when sales are adjusted for inflation.

Reprint poster, £9.50, Movieposter.com

Casablanca (1943)

Reprint, £6.39, MoviePoster.com

By the time of the 16th Academy Awards in 1944, the Second World War had been raging globally for four and a half years, and had become a fact of every- day life. The Oscar ceremony that year was held for the first time in a public venue, and free passes were handed out to men and women in uniform.

It is unsurprising then that six out of the ten movies nominated for Best Picture were about war. Most of these six were dramas, a couple are humorous, but Casablanca, a romance, won the golden statue. Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, the film is about sacrifice, virtue and love. Like Gone With the Wind, this classic tale remains iconic to this day, thanks in part to the many memorable lines spoken by Bogart. Who can forget; “Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine,” and “we’ll always have Paris.”

What is your favourite film? I would love to know in the comments below.

I’m off next week for a quick break before we put V&OAK Magazine to print. Remember, if you’d like to pre-order your copy of the glossiest vintage magazine on the market, you can do so right here.

Thanks for reading, and see you in a couple of weeks!

Anastasia Grabova from V&OAK (www.vandoak.com)

 

VandOak Post: London Fashion Week – Trend Spotting

Hello lovely readers.

I am writing this from De Vere Venues New Place Hotel in Shirrell Heath, Hampshire. Howard, who some of you will know as our ads and distribution maestro (if interested please email howard@vandoak.com for a media pack!) is also my fiancé and a bit of a business pro. I have tagged along to his business trip to enjoy the stunning surroundings, Grade I listed manor house, and to complete the very exciting second issue of V&OAK (available to pre-order here: http://voakmagazine.bigcartel.com/product/v-oak-issue-2-ss14). I will be revealing a preview of V&OAK Issue 2 here on Judy’s Blog and over on VandOAK.com in the next few weeks so please keep checking back.

Meanwhile in London fashion’s greatest descended on London this past weekend for the bi-annual showcase of new collections created by British designers. For this week’s guest blog, I have chosen some of the key trends to emerge from the five-day event along with vintage examples to match.

Matchy Matchy

Temperley London show at London Fashion Week AW14

(Picture: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

Source: Metro

 Love the matchy matchy trouser suits? Craving a matching croptop and shorts for this year’s escape to tropical climes? Well, you’re in luck, as last year’s matching trend is here to stay well into Autumn/Winter 2014.

Burberry, Temperley London and Peter Pilotto all layered up their outfits with matching prints. The High Street is bound to take a leaf out of their perfectly matched books and copy the idea with all sorts of combinations.

The great thing is that matching outfits have been in fashion for donkey’s years. It’s only relatively recently that stylish folk have chosen to clash, clash, clash in the name of eclectic eccentricity.

So, take a look back at the 1960s and beyond for one-of a-kind matching outfits that won’t be seen on anyone else, like this super cute 1950s dress, with a coordinated soft knit sweater to complete the look. Ideal for a balmy summer wedding.

Small 1950s Vintage Dress with Sweater, £47.94, Wanderlust Mobile Shop

Furry Coats

Matthew Williamson at London Fashion Week AW14. [Picture: Getty]

Source: Express.co.uk

I think I can safely say that we all already know that furry coats are going to be big. They have graced the most stylish of vintage fashion rails at Judy’s Vintage Fairs. A furry coat envelops its wearer in that slightly grungy, very rock’n’roll vibe, channelling equal parts Kate Moss and Dita von Teese with an added dash of Marilyn Monroe for extra glamour.

However, this winter be kind to your furry friends and opt for man-made textures; the cuddly feel of a teddy bear coat, the shaggy strands of faux fur, or a soft shearling will keep you warm when waiting in line for the club and have you looking like a rock star.

I am opting for this cosy-looking 1980s ‘blonde’ faux fur coat. Just fabulous.

Caption – Vintage 1980s faux fur coat, £99.95, Alice Vintage Store
 

Paint it Black

Christopher Kane at London Fashion Week

Source:  Marie Claire

With all this talk of prints and scream-it-loud fashion it is easy to forget that Fashion Week offers up a whole diverse platter of veritable treats.

If you don’t fancy matching it up in prints galore, fear not because “black,” say the fashion press, “is back.” Personally, I never stopped wearing the most versatile of colours because I just love it. The LBD, the skinny black jeans, leather black boots – they never, ever fail me.

Black doesn’t have to mean gothic, or Halloween, or boring. It can be elegant, chic, and best of all, it is completely timeless. Take your favourite decade, find an LBD made in that era and voila, you have your favourite party dress in shape that suits you best, ready for whenever the other options let you down. This semi-sheer LBD plays its part perfectly.

 

1990s semi-sheer dress, £30, Wildpalms

Remember, don’t be a slave to fashion. Simply pick the trends you like the most, and try them out for size. As Lauren Hutton said, “Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.”

Thanks for reading, and see you next week!

Anastasia Grabova from V&OAK (www.vandoak.com)