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My Vintage Brighton – Christianne Beck

8 July 2013 One Comment

Christiane Beck, Kemptown-based international event producer and vintage event junkie, answers our questions on all things Brighton and vintage…

Who are you? Christianne Beck

What do you do? I’m an international event producer, based in Kemptown. I also write an event industry blog called I Love Events.

What does vintage mean to you? It means style, glamour and people applying great care and creativity to their outfits. I think it also represents a period of history when glamour was tricky to achieve with little disposable cash. I’ve always had a huge interest in sociology and the 1940s and 1950s was such a difficult time for so many, but out of it came this incredible style and sound – I love it!

Christianne Beck

How do you like to get dressed in the morning (and afternoon and evening)? Although I’m not massively proud to admit it, while I’m working I look like I’m wearing pyjamas. I’m often on site working very long hours in a dirty event space, so my daytime look is normally a pretty laid back. But when I’m going out I dress up to the nines: donning vintage dresses, heels and red lips and I spending hours on my hair.

What’s your favourite decade for style? The 1940s. I love replicating 1940’s hairstyles and make up, and I think 1940s clothing suits my body shape, i.e. curvy!.

What’s your favourite vintage shop in Brighton (and the surrounding area)? I have two! My absolute favourite is Dig For Victory at the bottom of Edward Street. They use authentic vintage materials and patterns to make the most beautiful dresses. I bought a stunning peach circle dress from there and I always get compliments when I wear it. I also love Bobby and Danny in Hove.

Christianne Beck
What’s your favourite online vintage shop? It’d have to be Tara Starlet – I think I have five dresses from their website. I also love Vivien of Holloway (who doesn’t) and for underwear I’m a What Katie Did kind of girl.

Where do you like to go to eat and drink yummy things? For drinks, I’m in love with the Black Dove in Kemptown at the moment – amazing selection of rums and they make the most delicious cocktails! For food and coffee, I’m always in Ground – also in Kemptown. The staff in there are all so passionate about their coffee and they make wonderful treats.

Where do you like to go to listen to awesome music? Festivals mainly, like Screamin Festival (Spain), Rhythm Riot (UK) and Viva Las Vegas (USA). I’ve discovered some brilliant bands at festivals such as these , as well as seeing some incredible musical heroes including Little Richard! In Brighton, I’ve recently discovered a band called The Dirty Divine  – I can’t stop listening to their song Loser. They also have great bands and DJs the Black Dove so you’ll regularly catch me in there on a Friday night.

Christianne Beck
Have you been to any tip top vintage events of late? Being an event producer I like to get my vintage fix at festivals and special events. I’ve been to so many vintage/rockabilly festivals in the past few years, and I’m looking forward to Hotrod Hayride in a few weeks. I also go to quite a few vintage fashion fairs like Judy’s in Spitalfields and I love vintage comic books so you’ll often see me at London  Comicon, and Kapow!.

What are your favourite vintage hangouts? I love the Blackbird Tea Rooms on Ship Street – lovely lovely cakes! You’ll also find me in Kemptown Post and Coffee House – a fabulous mixture of vintage clothes, furniture, bric a brac and more – plus it’s a lovely café.

Where do you like to go hunting for second-hand bargains? Snooper’s Paradise on Kensington Gardens if always full of wonderful things. And the array of charity shops in Kemptown is amazing now. Plus I’m very lucky to have a job that takes me all over the world so I try and allow myself a bit of time in each city I visit to to have a look around the vintage shops. I’ve found some amazing places in Bratislava, Berlin and Zagreb!

Christianne Beck
What has been your best ever vintage/second-hand/charity shop find? I went over to LA in March to visit a friend and she took me to Hubba Hubba on Magnolia Blvd, which is run by a lady called Pat. She sources all the outfits for Madmen and is a vintage clothing god. I picked up a beautiful navy 1920s lightweight jacket with rabbit fur trim in the store, which she said she found in an old ladies wardrobe. She told me I should buy it because it looked good on me, and also ended up leaving with a matching clutch both for $85!

What is it about Brighton that makes you smile? Brighton is one of the most cosmopolitan places in the world. Everyone can just be themselves, which I think massively adds to the laid back atmosphere and general city vibe. I love being by the sea and also love all my friends in Brighton. I was born and bred here, then moved up to London for 8 years, but moved back fairly recently. I’m glad to be back!

Any other hints, tips or recommendations for vintage-lovers in Brighton and beyond? If you try something on in a vintage store that you love and that doesn’t fit you perfectly, buy it anyway and get it taken in or out by a seamstress. There have been so many occasions where I’ve found a dress that I adore but have put it back because it didn’t fit and missed out. I’ve recently been getting items amended, which is super quick to do, and is a lot cheaper than you think.

All images courtesy of www.thefabuloustimes.com

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  • Christine said:

    I Heart this!!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!xxxxxx

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