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Labassa: Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.

I have a complicated relationship with the past. It’s always there for me: old houses, cars, furniture, music, books and of course – fashion. It’s my whole life and I’ve never known anything different – I appreciate that there are those who love to have new things but for me, old is where it’s at. At various times I’ve dressed head to toe in a particular era – like the purists do – and I’ve also moved through many sub-cultures including mod, rockabilly and goth – but underneath it all, always were the vintage clothes. Sub-cultures tend to draw heavily…

[Talk] The Costumes of Marilyn Monroe

Hi all, I’ve loved Marilyn since I was a child and now – for the first time – I have an opportunity to present a talk on her costumes and why they’re so fabulous and special. ACMI have invited me to speak as part of their Hollywood Costume exhibition in a one off event. “The Golden Age of Hollywood” will be hosted by Clementine Ford and include Cinema Fiasco (Geoff & Janet) who will “humorously dissect some film trailers”, plus someone from Miss Fisher’s Murder Mystery will be discussing costuming the ’20s in modern times. Singer Ilana Charnelle will also…

Talk – fashions of the ’20s to the ’60s in Wangaratta

Hi all, To accompany the workshops at the Across the Arts festival, I’m presenting a version of my popular talk on historical ladies fashions, illustrated with original garments of the time. What: Talk on ladies fashions of the ’20s to the ’60s. When: Saturday May 5th 2pm to 3pm Where: Wangaratta library, 21 Docker St, Wangaratta VIC 3677 Cost: gold coin donation Bookings essential: phone 5721 2366 This is one of only a handful of public talks that are scheduled this year – hope to see some familiar faces there!

Upcycling Workshops – Across the Arts Festival

Hi all, I’m presenting a couple of workshops on up-cycling fashion, as part of the “Across the Arts Festival”. This year’s festival theme is “Conserve, Recycle and Reinvent” and what better things to conserve, recycle and reinvent than your old damaged, unflattering, out of date or stained clothes? The workshops are all day events and you have your choice of the Friday or the Saturday. Included will be some information about determining fabric types, repairs and basic restorations too, as well as talking about how garments can be changed to fit better or reflect current trends. If you’ve ever wanted…

Fashion Parade for the Australian Sewing Guild

A little while ago we put on a fashion parade for the Australian Sewing Guild – this one was a little different to our usual formats, for a specialised audience and we combined the parade with my popular talk on ladies fashions of the ’20s to the ’70s. Instead of me just standing up the front and showing dresses, the dresses were worn by models, who strolled around and let the audience touch the fabrics and see them up close. It was a great success and I loved the opportunity to focus more on the fabrics, the construction techniques and…

Albury – Write around the Murray festival

This weekend I’ve been in Albury, as a guest of the Write around the Murray festival and it’s been an experience to treasure. Albury, near the NSW/Victorian border is a town I’ve often gone through but never spent longer than the time it takes to have a meal. As a child we often caught the train to Albury where my Grandfather would meet us and drive south to Beechworth for short holidays. It was pleasing to see that the train station looks much as I remember it, and I almost expected to see his old car there, alongside the modern…

Circa Vintage sale at Take 2 Markets

We’re also having a sale – despite my best intentions, Circa still has too much stock to fit into the new salon so we’re joining the next Take 2 Market to offer you some bargain priced treasures. What: Circa Vintage at Take 2 Markets – dresses (1930s to 1980s) from $30! When: 10am–3pm, Sunday 26th August. Where: Northcote Town Hall, High St, Northcote. More information: see the website. Here’s a pic from the Take 2 website – thanks Rina! I’m looking forward to being a part of Take 2.

Talk on Art Deco Accessories

Next month I’m presenting a talk on accessories of the Art Deco era, for the Caulfield Library. What: Art deco influences in fashion by Nicole Jenkins When: 7-8pm, Wednesday 8th August Where: Glen Eira Town Hall — Caulfield Cup Room, level one, corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield Cost: free, but bookings essential – call 9524 3623 or book at a Glen Eira library. More information and bookings: see the Glen Eira website. UPDATE: It looks like this talk might already be booked out, if that’s the case, ask if you can go on a waiting list; it’s a…

Australia on Collins exhibition

Earlier this week I bumped out the “Fashion through the Decades” exhibition at Australia on Collins: if you missed it, here are some pics. It was well received and with a bit of luck, hopefully we’ll be able to stage another one some time. The 1940s lady is dressed head to toe in items from my own wardrobe! I wore the clown print dress to Charlotte Smith’s event at last year’s Writer’s Festival and the art deco style brooch usually graces my ’50s wool boucle jacket. Such a pity there wasn’t a pink wig to complete the ensemble (not very…

Circa Vintage Relocation Sale – Closing July 28th.

I have big news for you today – after eight years in Gertrude Street, Circa will be relocating to a new location that combines the shop and the webshop, creating a salon style space where you can select fashions online and come and try them on. Whilst the new salon is being readied for our arrival, Circa will go into sale mode – with more than thirty years of collecting, I’ve stashed an awful lot away and (good news for you) we don’t have room for it all. From today, I’m starting to reduce select styles down to half price…