Fashion On A Ration at Manchester’s Imperial War Museum

FOTR CreativeNothing beats a wee little work outing! Last Thursday we were absolutely delighted when a special invitation dropped into our inbox, welcoming our team to an exclusive opening of Manchester Imperial War Museum’s latest exhibit – Fashion On The Ration: 40s Street Style.

Having been in residence in London for the past year, it was a treat to see such a collection of immaculately kept fashion make it’s way to the north. But we aren’t just talking the big-skirted frocks and pearls one might attribute to the era – as the exhibits helpful guide explained, “From ‘onesies’ to wear in the air raid shelter to jewellery created from aeroplane parts, Fashion on the Ration looks at how fashion survived and even flourished under the strict rules of rationing in 1940s Britain, often in new and unexpected ways.”

Loaded up on canapes and fizzy wine (it was a team night out after all), we made our way into the show itself. While it wouldn’t be fair to ruin the show for anyone (some of these outfits really do need to be seen to be believed), we couldn’t help but snap a few pictures of our favourite looks. From hard-wearing overalls to meticulously patterned dresses, it’s humbling to see just how much of a outlet fashion was in the 1940s – while the war raged on, imaginative dress was a form of escapism and comfort, proof that even at the darkest of times, fashion doesn’t have to be frivolous – it can be dynamic, expressive and a great means to make the most of your surroundings – our favourite was a beautiful garment fashioned from a silk map!

Fashion On A Ration: 1940s Street Style opens to the public this weekend – for more information and to book your tickets, visit the website here. A big thanks to the museum team for inviting us along – what a lovely mid-week treat!

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Retro-inspired halloween costumes on a budget

Halloween is right round the corner! Whether you’re planning a huge party, a spooky movie marathon or a night trick-or-treating, their is one essential to be had – a great costume.

If, like us, you’ve left your outfit to the very last minute, do not despair! Skip the boring cat ears and vampire teeth and opt for one of our fun throwback looks – made up of pieces you can actually wear again!

pic4Cher and Dion from Clueless
Fashion stalwarts of the 90s, Cher and Dion are a cringe-free option for any BFF duo. The rules are fairly simple – stick to pink and yellow, accessorize with headgear and add in as much tartan as humanly possible. Altogether now: “as if?!’. 2f4d393b882b4629188b99a86bfb91a1

Wednesday Adams
All black everything – this look couldn’t be simpler! The collar is essential; if you can’t find a suitable 60s dress, simply pop a dress shirt under a jumper dress – it will keep you toasty on that trick or treat round! 

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Rosie The Riveter
Feel like channeling some old school feminism this Halloween without breaking too far away from a 40s/50s wardrobe? Rosie The Riveter is the look for you. The headscarf, navy blouse and high-waist jeans (Freddies of Pinewood have some great options) can all be sourced easily, and some extra party glam added with traditional mid-century make-up.Fresh-Prince-Carlton

Will and Carlton from The Fresh Prince of Bell Air
Want to make use of a technicolour wardrobe? The Fresh Prince is the perfect opportunity to sport those neons. Whether you’re a Will or a Carlton, this look is super 90s and can be catered for easily with a quick rummage round our kilo sale!

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Margo and Ritchie Tenenbaum
If you’d rather look classy than crude this Halloween, the Tenenbaum look i instantly recognisable while making good use of items you probably already have in your wardrobe (or can buy from our fair!). The devil is in the detail – the cute side parting, big sunglasses and head bandage are all simple additions to a daytime-acceptable outfit. Perfect for those in a rush to a party!
a04e94f7726aa844197ad5a5f88099c9The Twins from The Shining
It wouldn’t be Halloween without at least one really creepy option, and it doesn’t get much scarier than the twins from classic horror film The Shining. Best achieved with a similar-looking pal, everything much match – and you can have a lot of fun getting the fake blood exactly right!

Looking for the finishing touches for your costume? Why not pop down to one of our events this weekend?

31st October KILO SALE – Lincoln Engine Shed, 11am-4pm
1st November KILO SALE – York Hall Bethnal Green, 11am-4pm

31st October VINTAGE FAIR – Birmingham Custard Factory – 11am-4pm
1st November VINTAGE FAIR – Cardiff Portland House – 11am-4pm

 

V&OAK Post: Issue 2 Preview

Hello there from V&OAK HQ, where I am clutching a big mug of coffee and proofing the next Spring/Summer ’14 issue of the magazine, and it’s looking like a blinder. 

Here are just some of the pages you can expect from the 196-page jam-pack edition.

Build Me Up Buttercup

Gorgeous fashion shoots, using vintage clothing, inspired by the past, yet totally wearable today.

French Connection

We profile the exotic lives of our style icons, including the beautiful and eccentric 1930s megastar, Claudette Clobert.

Hollywood's Princess

Can’t wait for Nicole Kidman’s portrayal of Grace Kelley this summer? We delve into the remarkable story of this graceful leading lady.

Just the Ticket

If you’re planning your big day, don’t miss our stunning vintage wedding dress photo shoot.

Ten Rules of Vintage Shopping

Don’t leave home without our ultimate guide to vintage shopping.

The Business of Vintage

Whether you’re thinking of starting a vintage business, or are well on your way, we have some essential tips for taking your venture to the next level.

Rushed Vacation

All this and much, much more is included in the next issue of V&OAK. We have a very exciting cover star to announce very soon. She’s a gorgeous lady with a penchant for vintage. Can you guess who it is?

Pre-order your copy of V&OAK Issue 2 for just £6 here.

Or why not subscribe for just £16 and get both Issue 1 and Issue 2 delivered direct to your door. Simply fill in the form on our website.

See you next week!

Anastasia Grabova from V&OAK 

Scotland Ahoy!

Greetings vintage fans!

The wind in our hair. Dusty on the speakers. Vans packed like sardine cans filled with vintage bits – it’s official, we LOVE a road trip! This very afternoon, we’re off on a spot of travelling, bringing our vintage fair to one of our all-time faves – EDINBURGH! Part of the official Fringe festival festivities, we’re filling Lothian Road’s Picture House with a spot of this (and couldn’t resist sharing…)

Salvating? We thought so! If you’re in the neighbourhood, come say hello and if not, click here to see if we’ll be seeing you soon!

Retro Regards,

Judy HQ x

A Belated Birthday Miss Monroe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Belated Birthdays’ – we know the phrase too well! (sorry Mum!) The quickening pace, the rush to the card shop, the ramming of a gift speedily through the door – one big car crash of selotape and sorrys and ‘how could I forgets!’

This week however, the birthday is a little less personal, yet still one that we simply couldn’t miss. On Saturday June 1st, it was perhaps Hollywood’s most beloved bombshell’s birthday – Marilyn Monroe. ‘Marilyn?’ you may utter, eyes rolling, tongue clucking. ‘What a cliche!’ True, she may be more celebrated and infamous than most, a poster girl of the glamorous past, all lashes and rouge and coochy-coo. But still, WHAT an icon! (Did you not see ‘Some like it Hot??) From the voice to the demeanor to her belief in the power of shoes (sing it sister!), Marilyn, we will always love you!

And so, a little later than intended, how to toast such a wonderful young woman? Through the medium of montage of course, with some of our favourite Marilyn moments…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marilyn, your magic lives on. Happy Birthday lady!

Retro Regards,

Judy HQ x

Forgive us readers, for we have sinned…

 

Forgive us blog readers, for we have sinned; caught up in the madness and maelstrom of everyday life (and watching WAY too much ‘Game of Thrones’), we’ve ignored this little blog of late, putting it on a back burner so far away that said back burner is simply a blip in the distance. Well, ‘NO MORE’ we cry! But where to begin?? With life moving a mile a minute at the moment, we figured let’s play on that classic TV show trait and have a quick catch-up. Cue opening credits (bonus points if you comment below with a suggested tune that we should have as our ‘Judy’s Vintage Fair’ theme song…) and a booming voice as we give you ‘previously at Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair…’

We saw taxidermy at Chester…

…as well as some rather yummy cakes.

Coasters caught our eyes…

…and the Vintage Furniture Flea came to town.

We brought retro travel to Old Spitalfields…

…and got literary in Leeds!

We fell into red dress heaven at the Corn Exchange…

…and found some excellent specs to match!

And end scene! A lovely little visual treat, we hope that’s caught you up (and expect more from us this week!)

Retro Regards (and sorry once more!)

The scribes at Judy HQ x

Our bags are packed for Judy’s at Old Spitalfields!

Greetings vintage fans!

Just TWO days away, we’re counting down the sleeps to London’s largest free vintage marketplace – Judy’s at Old Spitalfields! 

With a giddy spring theme featuring, let’s just say our trader’s stock, well, it’s great to say the least! Never ones to keep things to ourselves [unless it’s cake that is!] here are our top picks…

Trader: Before Brasilia

Trader: Claudia Kirkman

 Trader: Claudia Kirkman

Trader: Latham Street Vintage

Trader: Love Inc Ltd.

Trader: Maxi Moo Moos

Trader: Mitty Dotty Vintage

Trader: The Upcycling Emporium

Trader: Vintage Promise

Are you excited? Because WE’RE EXCITED! Bringing over 70 amazing traders all readyand aiming to please, for more on Judy’s at Old Spitalfields, click HERE

Retro Regards,

Judy HQ x

Our vintage wish-list

Hello vintage fans!

Ever in favour of a good list [especially in visual form – HELLO!] we couldn’t help but share some of the wonderful bits popping up at Spitalfields of late. Set phasers to stunning and prepare to grab for the bank card…

 

Trader: Jarvis & Janis

Trader: Paris Accent

Trader: The Nines

Trader: Nordic Poetry

Trader: I Heart Vintage

Trader: Hickory Vintage

Trader: Jarvis & Janis

Trader: Sour Cherry

Trader: I Heart Vintage

Hubba-Hubba! To check out Saturday September 1st Spitalfields event, click HERE

xVVx

Into the Wilderness!

Hello folks! This weekend, we’ve packed our bags and are Wilderness bound, bringing our stellar vintage marketplace to the Oxfordshire grounds. As every good event organiser does, we’ve been SNOOPING through the amazing things up for grabs, thinking ‘what can we fit in our suitcases?’ A difficult decision, here’s our top pick….

Trader: 631 the Ramp

Trader: Retro Bazaar

Trader: Jarvis & Janis

Trader: International Quality Kitsch

Trader: Retro Bazaar

Trader: Rag&Bow

Trader: Something Indie

If that’s not enough to take a walk on the wild side, we don’t know what is!

xVVx

 

Advantage: Fashion!

Greetings vintage lovers!

The strawberries, champers and grunting that is Wimbledon came to an end last Sunday with our man Murray unable to clinch victory from the Swiss jaws of defeat. As Murray weeped all over his Tennis whites we at Judy HQ got to thinking – tennis has provided us with some curious fashion moments over the years. With Fred Perry remaining the last British man to win Wimbledon waaaay back in 1936, it only seemed appropriate to indulge in a healthy dose of fashion nostalgia.

From elegant long pleated skirts to some dubious short shorts, each decade saw its own unique style play out on court as it did on the catwalks- it’s almost enough to make me want to grab a racket! [Almost.] Trawling the internet for tennis stars past, here’s a selection of some of our DEUCE-iest [get it? get it??] picks…

 


Advantage? We say YES!

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