[16 Aug 2016 | 10 Comments]
How to buy vintage + win a vintage voucher

Fashion and Dress History graduate Gemma Cockshott turned her passion for vintage into a business last year when she set up Just Vintage Clothing Co, selling 1930s to 1980s womenswear online and at vintage fairs. Here she shares her top five tips on how to buy vintage and gives you the chance to win a £35 voucher so you can put your skills to the test.

Date from the detail: It’s not uncommon for styles to repeat themselves over time, for example did you know in the 1960s there was a resurgence of ‘20s style? There have been a few items over the years that have made me think twice about the dates and it’s always been the smallest details that have given the age away – a hemline or fastening.

Look for labels: When sourcing I look for labels as they tell me an awful lot about an item of clothing or even more if they don’t have one. But I am always keeping an eye out for quality, as a label-less dress if made by a gifted dressmaker is often better quality than I can find on the high street.

Study the social: The social impact of dress can help give you and any buyer respect for an item – it offers context. When dating an item it’s also really helpful to have an understanding of what a garment would have represent socially at the time. A prime example of this is fashion from the 1940s; if you remember that fabric was on ration, when you start looking at garments from this era you can see where the designer has made clever savings.

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[5 Sep 2016 | No Comment]
Airstream Studio photobooth for hire

Airstream and photography enthusiasts Matt Legg and Em Cons combined their passions to transform a vintage trailer into a professional photo booth studio now proving a hit at Sussex weddings.

Fashion, Headline, Win »

[16 Aug 2016 | 10 Comments]
How to buy vintage + win a vintage voucher

Fashion and Dress History graduate Gemma Cockshott turned her passion for vintage into a business last year when she set up Just Vintage Clothing Co, selling 1930s to 1980s womenswear online and at vintage fairs. Here she shares her top five tips on how to buy vintage and gives you the chance to win a £35 voucher so you can put your skills to the test.

Date from the detail: It’s not uncommon for styles to repeat themselves over time, for example did you know in the 1960s there was a resurgence of ‘20s style? There have been a few items over the years that have made me think twice about the dates and it’s always been the smallest details that have given the age away – a hemline or fastening.

Look for labels: When sourcing I look for labels as they tell me an awful lot about an item of clothing or even more if they don’t have one. But I am always keeping an eye out for quality, as a label-less dress if made by a gifted dressmaker is often better quality than I can find on the high street.

Study the social: The social impact of dress can help give you and any buyer respect for an item – it offers context. When dating an item it’s also really helpful to have an understanding of what a garment would have represent socially at the time. A prime example of this is fashion from the 1940s; if you remember that fabric was on ration, when you start looking at garments from this era you can see where the designer has made clever savings.

Decor, Featured »

[7 Aug 2016 | No Comment]
Mourning Midcentury Magazine

Having written for Midcentury Magazine for three years, it’s with great sadness that we bid farewell to the coffee table favourite, which after ten issues is taking a hiatus. Pick up issue 10 now.

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[31 Jul 2016 | No Comment]
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A new display at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery will celebrate the birth of UK punk this autumn to mark the cultural movement’s 40th anniversary.

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[20 Jun 2016 | No Comment]
Emmaus revamps vintage Emporium

Social enterprise Emmaus has revamped its vintage Emporium in Portslade, selling vintage and retro furniture, homewares and clothes from a new space fitted out with up-cycled furniture and fittings.

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[16 Jun 2016 | 9 Comments]
Dolly & Dotty: Win a vintage-style dress

Founded on a love of 1950s glamour, Brighton-based retro fashion brand Dolly and Dotty create vintage inspired dresses with a flattering modern fit – and we have one to give away!

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[14 Jun 2016 | No Comment]
Thrift Social: Fashion Cities Africa

Nairobi-based, thrift-loving fashion bloggers 2manysiblings share style tips at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery as part of the Fashion Cities Africa exhibition.

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[11 Jun 2016 | No Comment]
Wahaca Brighton: Interior design takeaways

Brighton’s new Wahaca restaurant is as much a feast for the eyes as it is the stomach. Here designers Softroom share three interior tips you can try at home.

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[8 Jun 2016 | 16 Comments]
Fen and Co – win vintage nature jewellery

Jeweller-maker Ria Wilson of Fen and Co creates necklaces, brooches and hair pins inspired by vintage nature postcard art. Find out how you could win a piece to update your summer wardrobe.

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[8 Jun 2016 | No Comment]
Vintage Kilo Sale: Vine Street Warehouse

There’s a new monthly vintage kilo sale in Brighton’s North Laine, selling dresses, skirts, shorts, jackets, knits, T-shirts, blouses and flannel shirts for just £15 per kilo and Swedish military jackets and shirts at £20 each.

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[15 May 2016 | No Comment]
My Vintage Brighton – Louise O’Mahony

Fifties-inspired dress designer Louise O’Mahony creates wedding, bridesmaid and party frocks for local brand Oh My Honey. Here she shares her tips on all things vintage and Brighton…