100 Years of Fashion

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
book by Cally Blackman

100 Years of Fashion by Cally Blackman — a book review

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History of the quiff hairstyle

Thursday, July 18, 2013
history of quiffs

Flamboyant, rebellious and not entirely gender specific, the quiff rolls into history as the rebellious offspring of the pompadour hairstyle. But why do we have a masculine hairstyle…

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Pearls: a long history

Friday, June 7, 2013

A symbol of wealth, status and a form of currency. Pearls have never gone out of fashion with the rich. And when pearls were cultured, or even faked,…

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Get the 1940s look – daytime hair

Friday, February 8, 2013
1940s hair

Try these easy 1940s hairstyles. For those times when you want to get the look quickly and (almost) effortlessly.

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Find vintage knitwear the easy way

Monday, January 28, 2013

  What do we do when true vintage knitwear is hard to find? Sometimes it’s fine to cheat a little. We can’t all be perfect. Have you ever…

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Knitwear – a history unravelled

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Knitwear has been with us for a long time. We need it so much in these winter months. Oh, it can drift in and out of fashion in…

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Jodhpurs – a history

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Jodhpurs entered Western fashion culture by way of horseriding. They are trousers which are tightfitting with a seam that diverts from the inside leg and ending in a…

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How to identify vintage zippers

Saturday, November 17, 2012

A concise guide to identifying the date of a vintage garment by its zipper.

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Harris Tweed, history of a trademark

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Harris Tweed is the only commercially-produced textile still to be handwoven and the only fabric protected by an act of parliament. Production of Harris Tweed is here to…

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Gingham fabric, a chequered history

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

From Dorothy’s blue gingham dress to the 1960s mod sensibility to classic vintage styling, gingham fabric is a fashion staple representing different elements of this simple design.

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Get the 1920s flapper look

Thursday, July 19, 2012
headband 1920s

If you really want to get that authentic 1920s flapper look, you could start by absorbing a little of the style and spirit of the age. Then you…

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Best vintage dress: 1960s cherry red dress

Friday, June 29, 2012

Etsy is great for vintage dress lovers. Although prices can vary, you usually get what you pay for as they say. This early 1960s cherry red dress is…

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Best vintage dress: 1950s red pencil dress

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A series of regular posts in which I find the vintage dress of my day-dreams whilst researching my favourite vintage and fashion history topics. Being a fortysomething myself,…

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Best vintage-style shoes: 1930s two-tone lace-ups

Monday, June 18, 2012

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Best vintage-style dress: 1950s floral dress with cap sleeves

Thursday, June 14, 2012

This retro-vintage style 1950s cap sleeved cotton floral dress from Tiger Milly is classic style in every sense. We have so many features packed into a simple clean…

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