About Circa

Becky Lou in diamantes
Model Becky Lou in ’60s diamante evening gown.

Welcome to my vintage shop Circa Vintage – here you will find almost two hundred years of Australian fashion. We’re based in Melbourne and the webshop features the largest online range of ladieswear in the country, with over a thousand unique vintage styles. We have menswear too, and we’re in the process of making it available online but currently it’s best to come and try it on.

The shop opened in Fitzroy’s Gertrude Street in 2004 and relocated to the city in 2008, with a salon on the first floor of the beautiful Art Deco building “Mitchell House”.

Becky Lou in floral
You can see me here in the background – I’m the one with the pink bob. Becky Lou’s wearing a late ’30s floral cotton voile tea gown.

I love fashion, collecting and restoring vintage since 1980. I’m a trained 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 industry. Before I set up my shop I also worked in the telecommunications/IT industry so you could say I believe in mixing the best of the old and new worlds!

My first book “Love Vintage” was published by Carter’s in 2009 and won a bronze medal in the International Independent Publisher’s Awards. Unfortunately it’s now sold out and out of print but try your local library as they may have a copy.

My second book “Style is Eternal” will be published by Melbourne University Publishing in late 2014 and show you how to make the most of your wardrobe, mixing different eras and looks.

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. Recent events can be found here. I can also appraise and value your collection, and repair and restore garments using historical techniques, preserving your investment and the integrity of the piece.

Most vintage garments and accessories at Circa have been cleaned and restored to their original glory so they are ready to wear. Some older garments are not cleaned if they’re too old or fragile nature, as they are more suitable for collecting than wearing.

Hope to see you soon!

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