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The big 2012 review

31 December 2012 2 Comments

It’s been a busy year for Vintage Brighton and all that sail in her. Here editor Jo-ann Fortune picks out her 2012 highlights. 


Hard to believe but 2012 saw our first visit to Goodwood Revival – with fabulous shopping, glamorous makeovers and plenty of people watching, we’ll certainly be going back next year. The Pallant House Gallery provided another reason to travel over to Chichester, with a fascinating retrospective of Peter Blake’s pop art.

Vintage Brighton at Goodwood Revival

Closer to home, Vintage Nation saw the team behind Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair host a whole day’s worth of vintage attractions up at Brighton Racecourse and we also enjoyed the views from the roof of Embassy Court during a Festival Fringe tour, while learning about the history of this stunning Modernist building.

Embassy Court Brighton

Words, words and more words…

Not content with investigating all things vintage in Brighton alone, I’ve also been kept busy writing for a number of wider-reaching publications this year.

Guardian fashion blog

January’s Guardian fashion blog, asking if vintage fashion is becoming passe, sparked healthy debate. Myself and Mat Keller snooped around people’s homes for the Vintage Brighton x Southern Retro modern vintage interiors book, and I had great fun researching the history of timeless fashion styles for another book – The Vintage Fashion Selector.

History of the Little Black Dress

Regular features for Midcentury and Vintagexplorer magazines also saw me explore topics from the G Plan revival to space age fashion.

Press attention

Vintage Brighton itself attracted the attention of the nationals in 2012, with The Telegraph running an piece about the site and Company Magazine a feature on The Vintage City Network, of which VB is a member.

Jo-ann Fortune in the Telegraph

The Vintage City Network in Company Magazine

Biba fever

Possibly the highlight of my career to date – let alone 2012 – came when I was invited to spend the day with Biba-founder Barbara Hulanicki, creating a documentary to help promote the Biba and Beyond exhibition at Brighton Musuem & Art Gallery. What an inspirational lady…

Favourite new places

Several new vintage hotspots opened their doors in 2012, with our favourites being the beautifully English Blackbird Tea Rooms, as well as Department Flea Market and Bobby & Dandy, both of which have put Hove firmly on the vintage-lovers’ map.

Blackbird Tea Rooms Brighton

Department flea market Hove

Vintage abroad 

And last but not least – no one can say we don’t put in the miles to bring you the best of vintage – Stockholm proved to be something of a shopping heaven with vintage boutiques, pre-loved designer stores and vast charity shops offering the best of Scandinavian fashion.

Judits Stockholm

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  • Christine said:

    What an almighty year 2012 has been! Here’s to many more like it. Roll on 2013, excited to see what unfolds already. xx

  • Pat said:

    A fantastic year-plenty to build on and some real achievements. The website is prospering-long may it continue! What plans for the year ahead?

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