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Vintage Fashion for Beginners – part one: fabrics

More than seven years and 620 blog posts later, I think it could be time to write an informative blog post for those starting out in vintage – what to look for, and how to date fashion. Here’s the disclaimer: ————————————————————————————————————————————————— There is an unlimited amount of information you can know on this topic. It’s been my focus for almost 35 years and I still find items that give me pause for thought. That’s a big part of why I love it: you could never be bored with vintage fashion, there is so much to see and learn. What I…

[Exhibition] All that Glitters: Costumes at the Arts Centre

A wonderful new exhibition opened on the weekend at the Arts Centre: a sort of “Greatest Hits” of costumes from ballet, theatre and opera of the last, well, many decades. From the site: All that Glitters showcases costumes from Arts Centre Melbourne’s Performing Arts Collection that were designed to create a spectacle on stage. The exhibition celebrates the vision behind these costumes, the creativity and skill of those who created them and the show-stopping performances that brought them to life. What: All That Glitters – Costumes from Arts Centre Melbourne’s Performing Arts Collection When: 16 November – 23 February, 9am…

Sneak Peek – online garage sale next Saturday

Today I’m at the shop working on some of the goodies that are going into next Saturday’s garage sale and I have to tell you that there are some great pieces that will be priced to clear, many below cost. Many have never graced the shop before, from the Edwardian era (1900) up to the 1990s. Here’s one of my favourites: silk georgette evening gown from the late 1930s. Just beautiful. You can see more sneak peeks of the treasures over at Facebook. Have a lovely weekend, everyone – and if you’re an AFL fan, may your team win!

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…

The Vintage Fashion Guild – meet the new Vice-President!

If you’re serious about vintage fashion, or even just a little interested you’re probably already familiar with the Vintage Fashion Guild, an international group of professional traders, writers, historians and other experts in the field dedicated to the education and promotion of vintage fashions. If you haven’t seen it, I can’t recommend it highly enough. Currently celebrating it’s tenth year, I’ve been a member for over seven years, and it’s done wonders for increasing and testing my vintage knowledge, as well as a great place for like-minded people to talk about what we love the most – vintage fashion. My…

Exhibition and sale of historical radios

From the in-box: “The Historical Radio Society of Australia is celebrating their 30th Anniversary in Melbourne on September 22-23, in the huge Springvale Town Hall. Members are coming from around Australia and the display is open to the public on the Sunday. The entire hall and adjoining rooms are booked out by the Society, to display hundreds, or up to one thousand vintage radios, from Marconi spark radios, to the plastic radios of the 60s. Be sure to see the vintage working telephone exchange, tear-drop caravan surrounded by portable valve radios of the era, Radio Battery Shop, 19th century Benz…

Please vote for me in Lulu’s Vintage Awards.

It’s that time again: Lulu Vintage is tallying up the votes for the most popular and best Vintage clothing webshops around the world. Last year, Circa’s first year, we came fourth in the people’s choice category! Thank you to everyone who supported us, and if you could kindly vote for us again this year, it would be greatly appreciated. Click on the image to go through to the page: add your vote in a comment. You can support up to ten vintage clothing webshops, but only vote once per person or IP address please. Please write “Circa Vintage Clothing (Australia)”…

Talk – Old is the New New! 20th century fashions

I’m giving a talk next week for the University of the Third Age, about mens and ladies fashions from the 1920s to more modern times. As usual, I will be bringing along a selection of garments from different eras, and revealing their secrets: what they say about the people who wore them and the times they lived in. What: Talk on 20th century mens and ladies fashoins. When: Thursday 15th March, 1pm to 230pm. Where: Melbourne Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne (opposite the Queen Vic markets). Cost: $2 gold coin donation includes afternoon tea. Bookings essential: phone 9639 5209.…

Buttonfest 2011

From the in-box: this Saturday… What: Victorian Button Collectors Club presents Buttonfest 2011 When: Saturday October 15th (9am to 3.30pm) Where: Burwood Heights Uniting Church, Cnr. Burwood Highway & Blackburn Road, Burwood East Cost:$3 (under 12 free) It’s time for Buttonfest, an annual exhibition and sales day presented by the Victorian Button Collectors Club. Buttonfest is a celebration of all things buttons, providing a unique opportunity to see, buy, collect and marvel at buttons and button paraphernalia from the 19th Century to the present day. A highlight of Buttonfest will be the antique button displays, featuring a dazzling array of…