Posted by Nicole in 1920s, Calendar, Exhibitions 1 Comment

Recently I had the very great pleasure of viewing the new exhibition of costumes and props from the wonderful ABC TV series “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries”. If you have the chance, I recommend that you do so too. From the official website:

This brand new exhibition, set in the home of Aunt Prudence in the TV series, features never before seen series three costumes and props. See up close the outfits worn by Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis) and her cohorts – including Detective Inspector Jack Robinson (Nathan Page) and Aunt Prudence (Miriam Margolyes). Walk through the different sets and touch and feel the sumptuous fabrics. Try on replica costumes and interact with props and furniture from the show as you step deeper into Phryne’s world. Solve a crime by looking out for clues from Detective Inspector Jack Robinson. As you go upstairs, become part of the crew and go behind the scenes to discover the inspiration for the costumes and understand how they were made. You will even get the chance to design your own dress.

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Here are the details:


What: Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition
When: daily until September 30, 2015. Open 10.30am – 4.30pm (Last admission is at 4pm)
Where: Rippon Lea House & Gardens, 192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick
Cost: Adult $20, Concession $18, Child $10. Family prices are also available and National Trust members receive discounts too.

More information: at the official site including some great events and an online shop including Phryne’s red lipstick! Once again, Marion Boyce, the ABC and the National Trust have treated us to an excellent event. Thank you!



Here are some more pics –

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Posted by Nicole in Calendar, Vintage Fairs

From the in-box…the annual Ballarat vintage clothing fair

What: Vintage-A-Fair, a vintage, retro and designer clothing fair.
When: Saturday 15th August, open 10am to 3.30pm
Where: Brown Hill Hall Humffray St. North, Ballarat
Cost: $2 entry supporting CAFS and the RSPCA
More information: Contact Lynne or Dinah on 0409335072 0408 072 995 or check out the Facebook page.


Posted by Nicole in Calendar, Talk

Hi all,

Very excited to report that finally, after years of requests, I’ll be presenting a talk on fashion in my home town Perth*.

The talk has been organised by the Art Deco and Modernism Society of WA, and I’ll be talking about both of my books – the award-winning “Love Vintage” and the recent release “Style is Eternal“, as well as answering all your questions about fashion, Art Deco and otherwise. I suspect Miss Fisher may get a look in.

Here are the details:
What: Talk on fashion by Nicole Jenkins
When: 4-6 pm, Saturday 27th June 2015
Where: Grove Library, 1 Leake St Peppermint Grove (Perth)
Cost: free
Tea and coffee will be served

My talk is preceded by a “Make Do and Mend” session so if you have any sewing projects, it could be a good opportunity to come early and join the group. I love community events at libraries. Tempted to bring a project and join them.

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Here’s a pic from my Readings Hawthorn book launch, taken by Sally McKinnon. There will be copies of my book “Style is Eternal” available for sale and I love signing them for you. Note that hair may or may not be pink at the event.

See you soon Perth!

* I moved lots when a child so get two hometowns: Sydney is the city of my birth and will always hold a special place in my heart.

Posted by Nicole in Calendar, Talk

I have a fun talk coming up soon! It’s all about making the most of your wardrobe on a budget.

From the website:

Nicole Jenkins is the author of Style is Eternal and Love Vintage and will give you tips on expressing your personal creativity by updating your wardrobe without buying anything new! Garments you already have or secondhand clothes are the most environmentally sustainable of all. They can also be restored or altered to suit you. Nicole will help you identify different fabrics and make easy repairs for a fabulous wardrobe.

Here are the details:

What: Reuse, Recycle and Update your wardrobe: a talk by Nicole Jenkins
When: 10.30am, Thursday June 18 2015
Where: Eltham Library, Panther Place, Eltham 3095
Bookings essential: call (03) 9439 9266
More information at the websitesee here.

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Posted by Nicole in Book, Calendar, Talk 1 Comment

Hi all,

Next week I’m heading to Albury for a talk on my new book “Style is Eternal” at the wonderful Library Museum. Here’s the blurb from the site:

Award-winning author Nicole Jenkins shares her old-school fashion tips to take your modern wardrobe from faddish to eternally stylish, without breaking the bank. Included will be a demonstration on creative ways to wear scarves.

Here are the details:
What: Talk on fashions by Nicole Jenkins
When: 2-3pm, Saturday 23rd May 2015
Where: Albury Library, Corner of Kiewa and Swift Streets, Albury NSW
Cost: gold coin donation
Bookings essential: call 02 6023 8333
More information at the website – see here.

Stay afterwards to tea and coffee and to hear the original music of Katie Whyte. For more author discussions, pop upstairs before and after my talk. The Sydney Writer’s Festival: Live and Local program will be live streaming all day.

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There’s also an exhibition of Australian couture with original pieces...”created by significant Australian designers Beril Jents and Germaine Rocher, as well as European designers Hardy Aimes and Jean Patou. In a time before the internet or Australian fashion weeks, the glamorous high-society of Paris, the fashion capital of the world, was still a lifetime away from the wide open spaces of regional Australia.”

Might have to take some pics of the exhibition for those of us who won’t make it – Hope to see you there!

Posted by Nicole in 1900s, 1920s, Calendar 2 Comments

Hi all!

This Saturday, join me at Wangaratta (one of my favourite towns) for a talk on fashions from 1910 to 1929.

This is the first time I’ve presented this event, and I’ve acquired several lovely authentic pieces for the event. There’s a lot of change in fashion and technology during these two decades so it should prove to be very interesting, with themes including WW1 and the Wall St crash.

What: Talk on fashions of 1910s and 1920s.
When: 1-2pm, Saturday 9th May 2015
Where: Wangaratta library, 21 Docker St Wangaratta
Cost: gold coin donation
Bookings essential: call (03) 5721 2366

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Posted by Nicole in 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, Australian Fashion, Calendar, fashion parade


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 somewhere else (more on that soon).

The Ballarat Heritage Weekend is pretty special and always an annual highlight. I encourage you to go if you can. There’s a lot on but vintage fashion lovers will especially want to see Charlotte Smith’s wartime fashion parade, the Lucas fashion exhibition and the Apron festival. Check the site for full details.

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What: Ballarat Heritage Weekend
When: 10am – 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 9th-10th May 2015
Where: assorted locations in Ballarat.
More information: see the website.

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Posted by Nicole in Calendar

From the in box:

“On Sunday 29th March the vintage, rockabilly, pin-up and swing communities of Brisbane and beyond are coming together to put on THE WORLD’S GREATEST VINTAGE FUNDRAISING FETE to show Chrissy Keepence just how much support she has in the communities that she touches and to raise funds to help her along the way in her recovery process.

A day of live music, dance, pin-up styling, classic cars, photo-shoots, vintage and collectable sales and fun and games will be available for everyone to share for just a gold coin donation.

Miss Kate’s Kisses and Chrissy ​will be manning The Lindy Charm School​ Pop Up Salon and offering $5 perfect Pout Lips, Winged Eyeliner and some quick up sweeps or fluff rolls to create a quick “Do” for you… Chrissy’s Mum will also be out of hospital and coming along for the ride to sell some of her hats so we’d love to see you there….Chrissy’s Gorgeous Husband Swing A Billy Ray Keepence​ will be there also playing some tunes and dancing to the Sugar Shakers​ along with the rest of you I’m sure.. Going to be a great day and I am humbled by this community of wonderful people, when there is so many in need of their love, they are giving it to us on this day and I feel blessed.”

The Sugar Shakers
Empire Swing
Red Boots Photography
Atomic Martini Vintage
The Lindy Charm School for Girls

When: 9:00am – 5:00pm, Sunday 29 March 2015
Where: carpark – Woolloongabba Antique Centre, 22 Nile St, Woolloongabba, Brisbane Qld
Cost: gold coin donation for entry

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Posted by Nicole in Calendar, Sale, Shop talk

Hi all,

We’re bulging at the seams at Circa, so we’re going to have a little half price sale in the shop so you can pick up a bargain. Here are the details:

What: Half price sale. All ladieswear will be 50% off.
When: Thursdays and Fridays (10am-5.30pm) and Saturdays (11am to 3pm) March 26th to April 24th 2015
Where: Circa Vintage, First Floor, 358 Lonsdale St Melbourne

New stock will be put out each day, so pop back again.
Does not include menswear, jewellery, books or webshop.
No laybys or returns on sale stock and no appointments available during this time.

Thank you!

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1920s quilted jacket.

Posted by Nicole in Calendar, Style icon, Talk 2 Comments

Hi all,

For the past few months I’ve been collaborating with Lorelei Vashti, the super talented author of “Dress, Memory” on an event for the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival Cultural Program and at last I can tell you all about it.

What: In Conversation: Fashion, Culture and Memory – Lorelei Vashti and Nicole Jenkins
When: 2pm Saturday 7 March 2015
Where: The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St Melbourne
Cost: $20 incl booking fee and GST
Tickets available from Circa Vintage.

Here’s our blurb:

Join Lorelei Vashti (author of Dress, Memory) and Nicole Jenkins (author of Style is Eternal) for a vibrant conversation about women’s relationship to clothing.

We’ll uncover history’s most iconic ‘dress memories’, and delve into our cultural fascination with stories and fashion, both personal and historical.

Bursting with colourful images and lively conversation, this discussion will explore the many layers of history, culture and memory hiding within even the most utilitarian wardrobe.

We’ll have a slideshow and be discussing famous dresses in modern memory, like the beautiful green silk gown worn by Keira Knightly in “Atonement” and Marilyn Monroe’s “Subway” dress from “The Seven Year Itch” and what they tell us about the time they were set and how they resonate on your modern wardrobe.

It should be interesting and a lot of fun!

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