22
May
2015
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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13
May
2015
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!


5
May
2015
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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5
May
2015
Posted by Nicole in 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, Australian Fashion, Calendar, fashion parade

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 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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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 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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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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