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In Retrospect magazine gets a Kickstart

25 January 2015 One Comment

Ignoring the incongruous vending machines of Brighton University’s Sallis Benney Theatre on Saturday night, you might have been mistaken for thinking you were at a pre-war dance. Glossy pin curls, fit-and-flare dresses with prim cardigans and kitten heels put a sashay in the step of Brighton’s vintage scenesters, while the gentlemen put casual modern day dressing to shame.

InRetrospect winter 2014 magazine cover

The reason for this glamorous gathering? The official launch of In Retrospect magazine, which co-creator Mat Keller of Southern Retro, explained was born in response to another vintage magazine’s tired and “cheesy” approach content. “I’m all for pin-up girls, but there are other more relevant things I want to see in a magazine”, he said in his address to the theatre.

After a few months in digital, the editorial team – who pride themselves in being “full-time vintage enthusiasts – we live and breathe the past everyday of our lives” – launched a Kickstarter campaign and raised the funds to launch a print edition. And it was well worth the slog…

From original Sussex fashion shoots to previously unseen Mid-century American photos, features on women at war to a discussion of feminism vs vintage, music articles spanning Lindyhop to Hardcore Punk and useful guides on vintage care and repair and celluloid jewellery (and so much more) – this is a magazine of substance, written with passion.

In Retrospect magazine - feminism vs vintage

After an infectiously fun number from vintage dance troupe Pennies From Heaven and the premiere of Keller’s short film Paper Doll, featuring vintage blogger Fleur de Guerre and most of the Brighton Lindy Hop scene, it was a late night of reading in the VB household.

Our favourite feature? An refreshingly honest interview with the woman behind Brighton’s cheeky illustrated Dupenny homewares, who talks about the downsides of mixing business with pleasure.

But we for one hope that the In Retrospect team continue to do just that.

In Retrospect magazine

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  • Amber Smith said:

    I attended! It was a great night 🙂 xx

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