From 1930s

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[Exhibition] Orry-Kelly: Dressing Hollywood

I’ve been looking forward to seeing this one for a while, a new exhibition to accompany the film “Women He’s Undressed”.   Winner of three OscarsĀ® (for Some Like it Hot, An American in Paris and Les Girls) and designer of costumes for a staggering 295 films (including Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon), Orry-Kelly is…

Lucy Secor

I’ve wanted to write about Lucy Secor for ages because every garment I’ve seen from this Melbourne label has been exceptionally well made. It’s nice to see that I’m not the only one who thinks they’re special – items can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Victoria and the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. This lovely gown has just arrived in the shop – providing the perfect excuse for a little investigating. 1940s evening gown with beaded bodice and draped skirt. Now available online and in the Melbourne salon. Lucy Secor was a fashion label that opened…

Peter Russell Couture

Today we have a beautiful new gown in the shop. It’s a wonderfully made and shaped gown that is very comfortable and flattering – like the best of ’30s evening wear. It has a nice, swishy skirt for dancing the night away with your personal Fred Astaire. The bodice is quite artful: wide straps (with bra keepers to keep your lingerie out of sight) descend into a sweetheart neckline, and rows of darts to shape the bustline from the sides. The back features an original ’30s celluloid Lightening zipper. These are hard to find, as most ’30s dresses used other…

Every day glamour

I have a thing for dressing gowns: they’re comfortable, relaxed and glamorous, protecting your modesty whilst enhancing your style. On Sundays I’ll wear one around the house during breakfast and assorted tasks, delaying the inevitable “dressing for the day”. They’re good for answering the door, collecting the mail and saying “hello” to your neighbours. I’ve even worn them to shops, cafes and nightclubs (over silk pyjamas or a slinky ’30s nightgown, please). Women used to have many dressing gowns in their wardrobe, along with their practical cousins: the brunch coat and the house coat, but nowadays these lovely garments have…

The Grand Tour 2015

So, yes, holiday! Tim and I have just returned from five weeks in Europe where we visited many cultural sites in Italy, France and the UK. A highlight of course was the opportunity to see some wonderful fashion exhibitions and I thought you might like to hear about them too – because even if you’re not able to visit them in person, they all have books and merchandise you can order online and they’ll send them to you. Ah, the wonders of the modern world. Plus there are many images online too, if you’d like to see more. First up…

[Ballarat] Heritage Weekend

Hello! I’ve just returned from a glorious five week holiday in Europe – here some instagrammed highlights including (shock horror) a change of haircolour. Yes, that’s right, no longer pink. I’m going to have to update my user pic – it’s also grown a lot longer, almost down to my shoulders so I can start styling ’40s dos again. Hurrah! I’ve missed my curls. There’s a lot going on at the moment so brace yourself for a few quick blog posts about upcoming events – here’s the first one, on this weekend! Wish I could make it but I’ll be…

[Talk] 1930s fashions and Strictly Vintage market

Hi all, I hope you have the next “Strictly Vintage” market in your diaries – it’s a bargain $5 entry for some of the best vintage traders around, in the beautiful Deco surrounds of the Northcote Town Hall – plus I’m presenting a free talk on 1930s ladies fashions! What: The Strictly Vintage market When: Sunday 30th November, 10am to 5pm (12pm for the talk on 1930s ladies fashions) Where: Northcote Town Hall, top of Ruckers Hill, High St, Northcote. Tram out the front, Merri and Westgarth train stations nearby. Cost: $5 More information at the Strictly Vintage Facebook page.…

[Talk] Art Deco Fashion Afternoon: Vintage Glamour Edward Steichen and Art Deco Fashion

If you haven’t yet seen the fabulous NGV exhibition on Deco fashion and Edward Steichen photographs, allow me to offer you an additional enticement – I’m presenting a talk on Deco fashion at the NGV: Join us for an afternoon in the exhibition as we take a closer look at fashionable aspects of the ’20s and ’30s, including hats, shoes and jewellery. Hosted by Paola di Trocchio, exhibition co-curator and Assistant Curator, International Fashion & Textiles. Speakers include Theo Hasset, bespoke shoemaker; Richard Nylon, Milliner; Nicole Jenkins, fashion historian, retailer & author; Anne Schofield, jewellery specialist and collector. What: Art…

Merry Christmas all – and Circa’s holiday hours

Lovely people, Thank you to everyone for your support this year – readers and customers, vintage lovers all. It’s been an action packed year and as it draws to a close I’ll be listing my 2,000th item of unique vintage or antique fashion to the webshop. Next year promises much joy: my first book “Love Vintage” is now sold out, and so out of print – but you can still borrow copies from libraries around Australia (much to my great delight). The good news is that I’m currently working on a second book, more on fashion but with a basis…