Vintage Fashion Parade – Love Vintage Fair

What: Circa Vintage Clothing fashion parade of garments from the 1920s to the 1970s
When: 12.30pm Saturday May 28th
Where: Exhibition Hall, Melbourne Showgrounds, Ascot Vale.
Cost: free with entry to the fair.

Today I’m selecting garments for the fashion parade, and all this week I’ll be doing model fittings. Ideally, we’ll have eight models with three outfits each, making a total of 24 outfits. I’d like to dress ladies of different sizes so have picked out a wide range of styles including swimwear, a WW2 red cross nurse’s uniform and a Zandra Rhodes punk outfit. This will be the biggest fashion parade I’ve done for almost a year – and many of the garments will be available for sale at our stall at the Vintage Fair.

I’ll also be doing the commentary this time, so I can tell you all about the dresses and their stories as the ladies come out in them – I hope you can join us! Here are three of the frocks you’ll probably see – all three are from my private collection and featured in my book “Love Vintage”.

UPDATE: I’m pleased to report that Andrew McClelland will be Master of Ceremonies! Very pleased – this is going to be wonderful.

Photographs are reproduced courtesy Tira Lewis.

More information about the fair can be found at the official website.

Speaking of Circa’s stall – I’ll also be bringing some of the best dresses from the webshop so if there’s something there you like, and would to see it and try it on first, please email me and I’ll see if I can bring it along for you. In particular, I get a lot of requests to try on the wedding gowns so I’ll be bringing a rack of them.


  1. oh that blue is gorgeous! the neckline, sleeve & colour just leaps out. I have no idea how you can choose from all the divine outfits, goodluck!

  2. Oh my, I can’t wait to see what I’ll be wearing!

    I must save some of my dollars for the fair, but with all this saving for Fiji I’m a bit skint. Sucks to monthly pays and having to plan spending so far in advance (First World problem I know!!).

  3. Oh and should I bring in my Nat Tuman dress for a squizz on Saturday!? I’m still itching to wear it and the Mr forbids it until the wedding.

  4. Hi Nicole, I can’t wait to see this parade – soo excited! I am in Canada at the moment and I went vintage clothes shopping in Montreal today – oh my goodness – no like! I will have to tell you all about it when I see you next. My hubby is going in the best dressed in vintage comp at the Fair – we are really looking fwd to it. See you soon, Maria x

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