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!


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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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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13
Dec
2014
Posted by Nicole in Book, Book review, Talk 2 Comments

I’m having the time of my life – this week we launched “Style is Eternal” at Avid Reader in Brisbane and last week in Sydney at Berkelouw Paddington Sydney. This is so much fun: I love books, bookshops, book readers and best of all is having your own book and talking to shiny people about it! Book people are good people.

And just when I couldn’t get more excited about bookshops (and how great it is to find good ones in other cities) there was the St Kilda library, who kindly invited me back for a third time to talk about my passion for fashion.

Plus: there have been a couple of radio interviews (3AW and Radio Adelaide) and newspapers, online magazines and blogs. And I also appeared on Channel 9’s “Mornings” show – you can see me talking about celebrity style here.

Are you ready for some highlights? Here are some pics –

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A big article in the West Australian newspaper – thanks Susi for sending me the pic.

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Some of the wonderful ladies who came to see me at Avid Reader – the whole audience was amazing, especially considering how hot and humid it was. I love this bookshop so much. Plus: Krissy Kneen live tweeted me! Achievement unlocked.

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Mz Vicki and I at Avid Reader in Brisbane – read Vicki’s great blog post about the event here. Photo copyright Vicki Martin.

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A table filled with copies of my book: Berkelouw in Paddington. So many great things about this bookshop and they have beautiful old style slanted wooden shelves upstairs.

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Here I am demonstrating ways to wear scarves on stylish fashion blogger Nora. This pic is copyright Sydney Flapper. Here’s her terrific review of the Berkelouw event and my book.

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My book featured in the Dymock’s catalogue alongside two of the most talented women in fashion!

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And on display at Dymock’s Sydney – another really great old style bookshop with a mezzanine balcony cafe. Note that my book seems to be selling better than the other great title.

Future Beauty
I caught the Future Beauty exhibition in Brisbane! Japanese Avant Garde fashion! Highly recommended and full of inspiration.

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Gabbi at Dymock’s Chermside asked me what my favourite word was – I replied “momentum”. I’m feeling a lot of that at the moment.

Kinokuniya
Lots of books to sign at Kinokuniya! Amazing bookshop, a new favourite and everyone is so nice. I didn’t use the sharpie – have discovered an author truth: we carry pens we like to write and sign with. I’m glad I signed a lot of books because “Style is Eternal” is currently one of their best sellers!

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Chatting about fashion at St Kilda library – where Cati created a wonderful display of vintage frocks and books and called me “fabulous”. Cati, I think you’re fabulous too.

Now, the book is available at good bookshops everywhere and of course at Circa – but if you’d like a signed copy here’s where to go:

Dymock’s Sydney, Bondi Junction, Chermside and Brisbane
Avid Reader, West End Brisbane
Circa Vintage online and in the city salon, where I can personalise a copy for you. All web and phone orders are sent via Express Post and we post the same or next business day, but don’t leave it too late if you’d like one for Christmas!


29
Aug
2014
Posted by Nicole in 1960s, Calendar, Talk

Hi all,

I’ve got a talk coming up on ’60s fashion, as part of the “Polyester and Pantyhose” exhibition now on. It’s a free event and includes afternoon tea. I’ll be bringing some favourite pieces from my private collection as well as a sneak peak of some styles that will be featured in my upcoming book “Style is Eternal” (out December 1st). There will also be an opportunity to see the exhibition after the talk.

What: Talk on 1960s Australian ladieswear and afternoon tea.
When: Tuesday 9 September, 2pm
Where: The Gallery, Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre, Brighton Town Hall, cnr Carpenter and Wilson Streets, Brighton.
Cost: free but bookings required as limited numbers available – phone 9592 0291
For more information see here: the Bayside council site.

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A photo from the exhibition, reproduced courtesy Bayside council.


25
Jun
2014
Posted by Nicole in Calendar, Talk, Vintage Market 2 Comments

Dates for the upcoming Strictly Vintage markets have been announced – as you may know, the SV is a collaboration with Circa Vintage and the Take 2 Markets and we aim to bring you the best vintage at the best prices – with an added bonus for the next two markets of a presentation by myself!

What: The Strictly Vintage market
When: Sunday 20th July, 10am to 3pm (12pm: Talk on 1920s ladies fashions, presented by Nicole Jenkins)
Where: Northcote Town Hall, top of Ruckers Hill, High St, Northcote. Tram out the front, Merri and Westgarth train stations near by.
Cost: $5
More information at the Strictly Vintage Facebook page.

There are still some spots left for traders – click here to select your stall.

Unlike previous markets, Circa Vintage will not be trading – instead I shall be presenting a talk on ladies fashions of the 1920s, accompanied by some items from my own collection! I’ll talk about the social history, fabrics, how to identify real ’20s, how to restore and care for your fashions plus creating a ’20s look using revival styles from the ’60s, ’80s and contemporary fashion amongst others. Free with market entry of $5! See me at 12noon in the meeting room.

Here’s the lovely Clare St Clare modelling one of my beaded silk ’20s dresses – this one features Egyptian motifs.

1920s beaded dress

Here’s the flyer for this and the next event, which will be on November 30th – I’ll be talking about ’30s fashions then and if all goes well, I might get to talk about ’40s and ’50s at upcoming markets. Hope to see you there!

Miss Becky Lou wears a spotty crepe ’70s dress by the House of Merivale.

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12
Feb
2014
Posted by Nicole in 1920s, 1930s, Calendar, Exhibitions, Talk 1 Comment

If you haven’t yet seen the fabulous NGV exhibition on Deco fashion and Edward Steichen photographs, allow me to offer you an additional enticement – I’m presenting a talk on Deco fashion at the NGV:

Join us for an afternoon in the exhibition as we take a closer look at fashionable aspects of the ’20s and ’30s, including hats, shoes and jewellery. Hosted by Paola di Trocchio, exhibition co-curator and Assistant Curator, International Fashion & Textiles.

Speakers include Theo Hasset, bespoke shoemaker; Richard Nylon, Milliner; Nicole Jenkins, fashion historian, retailer & author; Anne Schofield, jewellery specialist and collector.

What: Art Deco Fashion Afternoon: Vintage Glamour
When: Saturday 22nd Feb (2pm – 4pm)
Where: National Gallery of Victoria, St Kilda Road Melbourne.
Cost: free, but entry costs apply to the exhibition and you’ll need a ticket to get in.

Here is a pic I took of some glorious ’20s coats: more Deco fashion loveliness can be found here. Hope to see you there.

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Photo copyright Nicole Jenkins


6
Nov
2013
Posted by Nicole in Calendar, Swimwear, Talk

Are you ready for summer? I’m giving my last talk for the year on ladies swimwear, and there’s sure to be lots of inspiration for what to wear on the beach.


Join Nicole Jenkins (award-winning author of Love Vintage, fashion historian and retailer) on a trip through the changing styles, fabrics and construction techniques of 20th century ladies’ swimwear.

What: Talk on the history of ladies swimwear.
When: 6.30 pm Wednesday November 20th
Where: St Kilda library, 150 Carlisle Street, St Kilda VIC 3182
Cost: Free but please book by phoning 9209 6655 or on the website so you don’t miss out.
More information at the St Kilda library site.

I’ll be bringing along photos of assorted styles and actual swimsuits, so you can see and touch the different fabrics and see how they were made.

Hope to see you there!

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St Clare in elegant 1940s swimsuit, pretty enough to wear as a playsuit or sundress.

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