About

Hello and welcome to my world!

Circa Vintage is the story of a collection that grew to become a retail shop, then an online shop and is now shrinking back into where it began: as a passion for collecting fashion.

I’m currently archiving my collection of Australian fashion, researching and writing and releasing pieces that no longer fit into the collection policy back into the wild via the webshop. There are still thousands of pieces to process, and I love sending them off to new and happy homes. The ones I’m keeping are available for cultural institutions to lend and other purposes: get in touch if you’d like to know more.

In some ways I miss having a brick and mortar vintage shop. Here’s an old pic of me with model Becky Lou, in a late ’30s dress that’s featured in my book “Style is Eternal”.

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I’m based in Melbourne, Australia and have been collecting since 1980.

The shop opened in Fitzroy’s Gertrude Street in 2004 and eight years later, relocated to the city, with a salon on the first floor of the beautiful Art Deco building ‘Mitchell House’. I’m glad that you can still bhttps://shop.circavintageclothing.com.au/irca Vintage item from the webshop now.

I love fashion, and I’ve been collecting and restoring since 1980. I’m a qualified costume designer and have worked in hair, make up, wardrobe and art direction in film and theatre, as well as many years in the fashion, telco and IT industries. Currently I’m a student, completing my Master’s degree in Cultural Heritage.

My first book “Love Vintage” was published by Carter’s in 2009 and won a bronze medal in the International Independent Publisher’s Awards. It’s now sold out but try your local library as they may have a copy, or second hand bookshops. My latest book “Style is Eternal” is now available, through Melbourne University Publishing and shows you how to make the most of your wardrobe, by personalising your style and dressing to please yourself.

I love to talk about my passion and you can book me for talks, workshops and other things: see here for a list of some of the ways I can be of service.

Hope you enjoy my site!
Nicole

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Becky Lou in ’60s diamante evening gown.

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