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My Vintage Brighton: Cherry Bella

25 April 2013 One Comment

Burlesque performer Cherry Bella answers our questions on all things Brighton and vintage…

Cherry Bella burlesque performer

Who are you? Hello I’m Georgie, AKA Cherry Bella

What do you do? By day I’m a photography student at Brighton University and by night I’m a burlesque and fire performer. In between this I dabble in outdoor catering where I pretend to be some form of master chef!

What does vintage mean to you? Being womanly! Embracing well-fitted dresses and seemed stockings. Vintage to me is dressing for an occasion everyday. It’s a lifestyle more than just a look – keeping traditions alive and not becoming lazy.

Cherry Bella burlesque performer

How do you like to get dressed in the morning (and afternoon and evening)? I take a lot of care over how I get dressed everyday. Even if I am only going to Uni it will always be a high heels and dress affair! My hair will be pin curled and I really enjoy a flamboyant hat or hair flower. My evening transformation will normally involve a change of makeup – darker lipstick and stronger eyebrows.

What’s your favourite decade for style? My general daywear is quite 1940s: fitted skirts and jackets. I also adore early-1960s clothing. Both suit my figure because I like eating cake!

What’s your favourite vintage shop in Brighton (and the surrounding area)? I don’t have a favorite vintage shop but as I live just off London Road I’m always in the charity shops. 
I’ll usually pop in to my favourites on my walk home. Only last week I snapped up two Get Cutie dresses for £10 – success!

What’s your favourite online vintage shop? Collectiff have lovely things and Oh My Honey produce the most gorgeous 1950s dresses – my custom-made costume by the latter is one of my most favourite things to wear.

Cherry Bella

Where do you like to go to eat and drink yummy things? As I vegetarian I love Iydea and eat there nearly everyday.  There’s a little tea shack on Trafalgar Street, which is so sweet and serves great flapjacks! If it’s a drinking affair you will see me in The Dorset – if you’re into the rockabilly vibe it’s certainly the place to be. Evening eats if you can get a space might be Mexican at La Choza or Japanese at Pompoko or if I’m feeling luxurious and lazy PizzaFace is very yummy.

Where do you like to go to listen to awesome music? Working at a vintage burlesque club Proud Cabaret means that I get to listen to great electro swing DJs all the time. When I’m not working I tend to go to Brighton Rumble events often hosted at The Mesmerist, Prince Albert or Concorde 2.

Cherry Bella

Have you been to any tip top vintage events of late? The Brighton Vintage Camera Fair blew my mind! Blind Pig at Proud Cabaret is superb. It’s a bit bonkers and if you love 1920s illicit behavior then I can’t recommend in highly enough. I’m also really looking forward to The Big Top Ball in a few weeks.

What are your favourite vintage hangouts? I like going for tea, so anywhere that serves tea will do.

Where do you like to go hunting for second-hand bargains? The Flea Market in Lewes is great for kitting out your house in vintage clobber. I tend to frequent the charity shops of Heathfield, Hassocks and Eastbourne often and every Sunday I do a boot fair marathon. I start at the Marina before heading over to Poynings then come back to Brighton for the racecourse one. I LOVE SUNDAYS!

Cherry Bella

What has been your best ever vintage/second-hand/charity shop find? I’m an avid vintage camera collector, so I was more than chuffed when a wife was making her husband sell off his camera collection for a mere £2 per piece at a boot fair last summer. Also In Heathfield I bought a 25-piece tea set for £4. I recently saw the same tea set for £99 in a Hassocks flea market…

What is it about Brighton that makes you smile? It’s a city but sit’s mall and cosy. Brighton has always been my home and I wouldn’t want to change that!

Any other hints, tips or recommendations for vintage-lovers in Brighton and beyond? Firstly, Brighton is easier to deal with during the week and secondly, enjoy tea and cake when possible.

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  • Ingrid Watts said:

    Love this article. It’s so fresh to read young people, like students are reliving the glamourous era of the 40s,50s,60s. I’m a vintage hairstylist and makeup artist and it motivates me to wear the clothing all day. I’m having fun in slowly changing my wardrobe.

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