Friday, 22 April 2016

Vintage Diaries - Chapter 1 - 1930s

How do you say, 'Hi, welcome back to my blog, sorry I've been MIA AGAIN' without sounding like a broken record?! I'm all out of ideas but it feels so good to be sharing with you again :)

I hope you lovely readers are well and having a great 2016 so far (Rockstar tragedies and all :( RIP Prince, God rest his soul). I've had a few exciting changes myself but top of that list is probably securing a studio in the vibrant 'Biscuit Factory' in SE16 :D It's so refreshing and creatively challenging working alongside other artists - painters, sculptors, jewellery makers etc who are all so brilliant at what they do. Hands up if you notice the new blog design :), hands down if you don't like it :( lol I hope you do!

As many of you might have figured out already, I'm deeply inspired by vintage fashion - hard to pick a favourite era but anything pre 1970s has my heart. So imagine the excitement when a couple of friends decide to have themed parties for their 30th birthdays - one 'Touch of Vintage' and the other '80s'. Sayo, who is featured in my '12 under 30' post (check out March 2015), put together a fun, classy 30th do with her twin brother. I was delighted to commission a unique vintage style piece for the birthday girl. She wasn't fussed about the era and pretty much trusted me to design something she would look superb and feel comfortable in.

According to The Complete Fashion Sourcebook by John Peacock, here is a description of the 1930s - The fashionable clothes of the previous period, which had been drawn with bold outlines, no waist, abbreviated hemlines and a denial of feminine curves, gave way to a longer, leaner and more figure-hugging silhouette which defined the waist, accentuated the shoulders and narrowed the hips. The fashionable thirties woman emerged mature, understated, cautious and, above all, sophisticated.

This to me was the perfect fit for Sayo. Opting for a rich blue tone velvet and an opulent beaded lace trim, here's what I came up with:

And there, my slight interpretation of the 30s, I think I did it some justice :) Comments are welcome!
Till Next Post
God is love
WuraF xo