Greetings vintage fans!
On Saturday just gone, we kicked-off what might have been one of our favourite vintage challenges yet – The Retro Detectives – over at Newcastle’s Affordable Vintage Fair. Recruiting bloggers and making them face a detective test so rigorous Miss Marple would look like an amateur [only joking!] we’re going to hand you over to Eve from ‘Behind the Seams,’ on the hunt for everything 1950s…
“In 1957 when Harold Macmillan said ‘we’ve never had it so good’ I can only presume he was referring to the fashion. This was the dawn of consumerism, years of the perfect housewife and glorifying freedom after wartime austerity. The end of fabric rationing and developing of new synthetic materials, meant à la mode clothing was brighter, neater and more accessible than ever before. Being born in 1992 this feeling of great change was one I could only dream of so I was happy to spend my Saturday dipping into a decade gone by.
With all this excitement in mind a group of friends and I went along to ‘Newcastle’s Affordable Vintage Fair’ at Northumbria University’s Students Union. So enthused by ’50s fashion was I that I took my role as ‘Retro Detective’ very seriously and scoped out the stands for full circle dresses, floral prints, straight skirts, neat jumpers, silk scarves and delicate blouses.”
“Even half an hour before opening time there was a flurry of people outside and a snaking queue inside as everyone waited to get their hands on some vintage delights. With over 25 stalls on offer, there was something for all, with clothing stretching from the 1920s right up to the late ’80s [as well as some brand new items made using restored materials.] With the screen idols of Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor in mind, I roped my friends into being models for the day, dressing them in the best picks found.”
“All the items worn here are from ‘Dog and Bone Vintage’ and ‘Ragpuss Vintage Textiles’ to whom I must thank Maureen Morano for her wonderful eye for sourcing, and helping to gather these pieces together. It was a real challenge to find fitting ’50s pieces as we concluded women must have been much smaller then, and wondered if we should all go back to a diet of rationing! My favourite item has to be the floral dress worn by Ness – it so perfectly encapsulates the time and, with the addition of a cute hair scarf, she embodies the perfect housewife. I also love Becky’s dirndl skirt with delicate lace trim and the straight plaid skirt which Robyn wears, the colours all so wonderfully bright.
In addition to the pieces the girls modeled, here a few of my other favourites from the fair:”
“The duck-egg blue and silver thread jumper is something I was immediately drawn to – teamed with a straight skirt and string of pearls it really would be perfect. There were ample gorgeous full-skirted floral dresses which one could wear in the evening (with a layered underskirt) or without. If I was fortunate enough to actually fit into this red and navy skirt, I definitely would have snapped it up (with its almost nautical feel and precise tailoring, it truly was wonderful!) For people unsure of whether to immerse themselves fully into vintage, there were plenty of accessories to delight in, including costume jewellery, hampers of scarfs and hoards of little handbags which had a nod to the era.”
“With all the running around, grabbing items, gleeful photo taking and battling with blistered heels (my own fault!) it was lovely to sit down and grab a bite to eat at the pop up café by Food Nation and Ruby’s Tea Party. We had the afternoon tea, and later cupcakes and lemonade – truly divine!”
“I absolutely loved my day of being a Retro Detective and hunting for the best of the 50s. I would really urge you to keep tracks on the ‘Judys Affordable Vintage’ website and shimmy on down when one comes close to you. I’ve been to many vintage fairs over the years but this has to be the best, featuring reasonable prices, friendly staff and fabulous fashion to boot!
NB. Big thank-you’s go to Judy Berger and Kieran Leckey for inviting me along as well as to Katie Lowe, Rosie Stephen , Ness Staite, Sophie Bell, Becky Kenning and Robyn Dickson for being my models for the day (:”
And there we have it folks – a winning report from a day up North! Stay tuned tomorrow for more Retro Detectivery and for all wanting to get involved, simply comment below!
Judy HQ x