24
Mar
2015
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.”

Featuring:
The Sugar Shakers
Empire Swing
Red Boots Photography
Atomic Martini Vintage
The Lindy Charm School for Girls
And MUCH MORE!!

What: THE WORLD’S GREATEST VINTAGE FUNDRAISING FETE to support Chrissy Keepence
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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18
Mar
2015
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.


12
Feb
2015
Posted by Nicole in Calendar, Style icon, Talk

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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9
Feb
2015
Posted by Nicole in Book, Calendar, Talk

Hi all,

Very pleased to report that later this month I’m visiting the beautiful town of Tamworth to present a talk! Best of all, it’s free. I’ll also be bringing some vintage scarves and doing a little demonstration of some of the ways you can wear them.

From the site:
Do you have many clothes, yet still have nothing to wear? Style is Eternal provides you with the tools to transform your wardrobe from faddish to stylish. Nicole Jenkins shares her experience and tips as a fashion buyer and stylist to navigate the essential additions to your wardrobe without breaking the bank, use accessories to create new outfits, convert your fashion faux pas into chic statements and travel with only hand luggage and still look classy.

What: Author Talk – Nicole Jenkins on “Style is Eternal”
When: 2pm Saturday 28 February 2015
Where: Tamworth Library, 466 Peel St Tamworth NSW
Cost: free!
More information here: at the Tamworth library

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5
Feb
2015
Posted by Nicole in Calendar, Haberdashery, Vintage Fabric, Vintage Market, Where to buy vintage 3 Comments

Yesterday I had the very great pleasure to price up the latest donations for the annual National Trust vintage clothing sale. It’s always a treat to see all the wonderful pieces, and the generosity of the donors gives me great heart too.

So many nice things – this year we have some special wedding and evening gowns from the ’30s, brand new and unworn ’40s high heels in big sizes, lots of designer handbags and a silent auction for two ’60s Chanel couture skirt suits as well as hundreds of good quality ladies and menswear from the last hundred years.

One of my favourite pieces is a silk scarf from Ferragamo with a design of ’50s stilettos and a brand new Pucci silk scarf, unused in the original box. Everything is priced below its value, so it’s an easy decision to give it a new home and support a worthy cause.

Last year we raised a lot of money for the National Trust’s costume collection, enabling it to be preserved and displayed for exhibitions. With your help, we can raise even more this year.

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What: National Trust annual vintage, designer clothing and haberdashery sale
When: Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th March, 10am to 4pm.
Where: The Ballroom at Como House, Lechlade Avenue, South Yarra.
Entry: $2. All funds raised support the collection. Be early to snaffle the best bargains!
More information at the National Trust events page.

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Pale blue silk taffeta couture party dress from the ’50s with shelf bust and hand-beaded lace details.

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Fabric detail from a printed ’30s tea gown with matching net bolero.

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Brand new and unworn silk dancing shoes from the ’30s with little diamante buckles.

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Detail of hand embroidered silk kimono from the ’40s, lined in printed crepe de chine.

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1950s hatboxes: perfect to stash all your new hats from the sale.

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Two good lengths of vintage upholstery linen with bird and roses print. One is a few metres long, sufficient to cover an armchair.

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30
Jan
2015
Posted by Nicole in Book, Calendar, Talk 3 Comments

Hi all,

This one has been in the pipeline for ages and I’m so excited that I can finally share it with you: ever since my first book came out, I’ve wanted to do an event at Readings, one of my favourite book shops, and I’ve been to so many of their events and I love them. With the launch of my new book “Style is Eternal”, they’ve invited me to talk about my passion for fashion!

From their site:
Nicole Jenkins has been collecting and restoring clothes since she was a child. With a background in film and theatre costume design, her Melbourne boutique Circa Vintage, showcasing the best of 200 years of Australian fashion, opened in 2004.

Over a glass of wine, hear Nicole talk about fashion and the history of clothing, and impart a few tricks of the trade.

Here are the details:
What: Nicole Jenkins on fashion
When: 6-7pm, Monday 23rd February
Where: Readings Hawthorn — 701 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn, Victoria, 3122
Cost: $10 per person and includes a glass of champagne.
Bookings: click here.
More information here: Readings event site.

Hope to see you there!

Here’s my book cover, because I can’t resist sharing it with you again.

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29
Jan
2015
Posted by Nicole in 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, Australian Fashion, Calendar, Exhibitions, Style icon 1 Comment

There’s a charming exhibition of a local style icon and fashion designer, currently on display in Ballarat. Here are some details from the website:

Fashion director, clothing designer, retailer, philanthropist, world traveller and local style icon, Jessica Simon was a key figure in Ballarat’s fashion history. She played a managerial role in her family’s business, Stone’s Drapery Store (in operation 1860-1965), which was widely considered the place in Ballarat for fashion purchases, in particular wedding gowns. She hosted a fashion program on local television station BTV6, and designed many of the garments for sale in the store.

Jessica was also a great philanthropist, hosting a wide range of charitable events in the region, and was actively involved in the establishment of the Gold Museum.


What:
Stone’s style: Jessica Simon, a life in fashion
When: 26th November – 1st March, 2015, 9.30am to 6pm.
Where: Gold Museum Ballarat, Sovereign Hill, Bradshaw Street Ballarat
Cost: see list here.
More information at the Gold Museum site.

I’ve had a number of frocks bearing the Stone’s label, mostly from the ’40s and they’ve always been excellent quality with a lot of hand-finishing. It’s nice to have an opportunity to learn more about the label.

There was a nice article in the Ballarat Courier about the exhibition and here are some images to give you an idea of what to expect.

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5
Dec
2014
Posted by Nicole in Calendar 2 Comments

St Kilda library have invited me back to talk about my new book – “Style is Eternal”.

Here are the details:
Fashion fades, but style is eternal. In these days of fast and disposable fashion, how do you make the most of what you wear without spending a fortune? How do you develop your own personal style, dress for an event, suit your figure or update for your age?

Join Nicole Jenkins (award winning author of “Love Vintage”) as she talks about her new book “Style is Eternal”, including where and how to shop, how to best use what you already have and how to care for it.

What: Style is Eternal fashion talk by Nicole Jenkins
When: Wed 10 Dec 2014 6.30-7:30pm
Where: – St Kilda library, 150 Carlisle St St Kilda
Cost - free!
Bookings essential - click here to book.
More informationat the library site.

I’ll bring along some copies of my new book too, and the library has copies too, hopefully available for borrowing. They also have a copy of my first book “Love Vintage” in case anyone would like to read that one too.


12
Nov
2014
Posted by Nicole in Calendar, Costume Collections, Where to buy vintage

If you care about fashion in Australia you’re probably familiar with the Darnell Collection, the largest private collection of international couture in Australia, curated by Charlotte Smith and frequently put on display at exhibitions and events.

Over the past ten years, the collection has grown and grown and Charlotte is now offering up a selection for your acquisition, so she can focus on the more special pieces.

From the official site:
Theodore Bruce are proud to present the de-accession of The Darnell Collection with over 500 lots of antique and vintage fashion, including garments, accessories, lace and mannequins. Ranging from the Edwardian & Victorian era through to the 1980’s all lots to be sold unreserved.

What: Vintage Fashion: The Darnell Collection
When: 23 November 2014 – from 11am
Where: Theodore Bruce auctioneers, Primary Saleroom : 6 Ralph Street, Alexandria, NSW 2015, Australia.
Cost: free to attend, buy as much as you like
More information: See the catalogue online here.

If you do go to the auction to buy I recommend that you inspect each item carefully for damage, as it greatly affects the value – especially if you want to wear it. I always travel with a tape measure and this can be particularly useful at auctions where there may not be a facility to try things on.

Auctions offer a great way to pick up good things at reasonable prices and there are some very nice items available in this collection. Assume nothing though, as all items are sold “as is”.

I’ve gone through the catalogue and picked out some interesting pieces for you. My best pick is lot 187 – the silk velvet ’20s opera coat. Check out the Deco styling! Worthy of Miss Phryne Fisher.

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Lot 187 – An Cream Evening Cape with Contrasting Black Hem Detail with long neck sashes, smot[sic] at back collar, gathered over shoulders, zigzag pattern at back along hem, fully lined; silk; 1920s;

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Lot 249 – A Yellow Bridesmaid/Party Dress; comes with an original sketch by grant cowan featured in Dreaming of Dior page 138-139

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Lot 256 – A vintage calico cotton travel clothes line with pegs and hooks all original; excellent condition 13cm

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Lot 385 – A Victorian ear trumpet ceramic, silk thread, rubber; American

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Lot 136 – Two pairs of early 20th century spats and one single civil war spat felted wool, cotton, wool; American

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Lot 359 – A Blue Opera Coat with Blue Flower Embroidery Large bow to front, with hook and eye closure, elbow length wide sleeves, knee length; 1960s;

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Lot 34 – A Black and White Smock Style Dress sleeveless, collar with covered buttons down front, 2 large pockets on skirt; by Prue Acton (labelled); 1970s;

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Lot 48 – A Black and Rust Patterned Cocktail Dress bubble-style skirt.

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Lot 91 – A Black and Pink Party Dress with empire waist, wide waistband, appliqued flower pattern at hem with sequin detail, side zip closure, fully lined; by Chelsea Design, Labels still attached; 2000

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Lot 159 – A Peach Evening Dress with White Glass Bead Decoration lined, no waist band, round neck, sleeveless with bands of glass beading around armholes, sack shape typical of the twenties; 1920s;

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Lot 198 – A skirt and two jackets 1950s

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Lot 168 – Five Bathing Suits from the 1950s -1980s various labels

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Lot 164 – A Two Piece Seaside Romper Suit sleveless with no collar, button closure to front, has bloomers, unlabelled; early 1900s;


11
Nov
2014
Posted by Nicole in 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, Calendar, Exhibitions

Meanwhile, there’s something great on in Queensland too. From the official site:

‘Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion’ explores the tremendous innovation of Japanese fashion designers from the early 1980s to the present. With nearly 100 garments featured in the exhibition, ranging from the classic and elegant to outrageous, this will be a fascinating experience and rare opportunity to view these unique creations first hand.

Japanese fashion made an enormous impact on world fashion in the late 20th century. Designers such as Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons and Yohji Yamamoto revolutionised the way we think of fashion today.

Their works will be shown alongside examples by the techno-couturier Junya Watanabe, a protégé of Kawakubo, together with the pioneer of the ‘Ura-Harajuku’ movement Jun Takahashi, and the new generation of radical designers including Tao Kurihara, Hiroaki Ohya, Matohu, Akira Naka, Hatra and mintdesigns.

Curated by eminent Japanese fashion historian Akiko Fukai, Director of the esteemed Kyoto Costume Institute in Japan, this exhibition explores the unique sensibility of Japanese design, and its sense of beauty embodied in clothing.

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What: Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion
When: 1 November 2014 – 15 February 2015 (Closed 14–16 November and Christmas Day) 10am to 5.30pm daily
Where: Queensland Art Gallery, Stanley Place, Cultural Precinct, South Bank, Brisbane
Cost: $16.50-21.50, see ticketing website for details
More information: at the QAG site.

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Comme des Garçons (Rei Kawakubo), Autumn/Winter 2012, Photography: Masayuki Hayashi. I can see Fashion Hayley looking great in this fabulous frock.


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