Friday, 22 March 2013

Hammersmith Vintage Fashion and Textiles Fair

My blogging hasn't been very consistent these past few months, it has been a very busy term at university - but now it's the holidays so I'm back!

Since January, I've designed costumes for 'Animal Farm' the play, and learnt about ways to modify the form: in class we made a Victorian corset, 18th Century panniers, body padding, and even bloody bullet wounds on t-shirts!

At the end of the term we had another millinery workshop with Jane Smith, the film industry's queen of hat making! I'm making a Regency bonnet from 'Bright Star' the film, which is almost ready...

I've also been working on the Tudor costume for the Much Hadham Forge Museum - more information on the project can be found here. I have lots of research and photos to post, it's so exciting seeing everything come together!

There have been plenty of wonderful films out lately, and of course it was awards season a few weeks ago, so plenty to write about that too!

So keep an eye out, there are many posts to be published soon!


Last weekend I went to a vintage and antique fair in Hammersmith with a friend. The fair, hidden away in the town hall, was a treasure trove of antique textiles and vintage fashion finds. It is organised by P&A Antique Fairs, and is on every few weeks.

The fair is a good size - around a hundred stalls - so there is plenty to see, but it's not overwhelming. There are a wide variety of sellers, some specialising in Edwardian clothing (which is just incredibly beautiful and delicate - I could stare at those dresses all day!), others have Victorian items, or  1940s and 50s dresses. There is also an array of textiles, lace, ribbons, fabrics - and all very reasonably priced. In fact, most of the haberdashery was cheaper than the horrible nylon plastic you find in shops nowadays.

Here's what I bought...

A beautiful vintage floral ribbon,  two purple velvet ribbons and some pretty lace, which I will use on the Tudor costume I am making. I had to seriously control myself and my purse, I could have bought the whole room! I will be going back soon for sure!

The next fair is on the 21st April, see the P&A Antique Fairs website for more details.

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