I cannot believe that Goodwood Revival 2017 is upon us already! It really doesn’t feel like a year since we were last at the event! This year the event is the 8th, 9th & 10th September – for details please visit https://www.goodwood.com/flagship-events/goodwood-revival/

For those that haven’t been – Goodwood Revival is one of the premier vintage themed events of the year and revolves around racing of vintage vehicles at the Goodwood Race track nr Chichester. Apart from the racing, visitors on this 3 day event are strongly encouraged to dress up in vintage attire and many do so! There are competitions for best dressed and it’s definately a high standard!

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We have been attending for 7 years and we have a double stall in the Revival market which is inside the track. So do come and say hello!!

Things to note for Goodwood Revival First Timers:-

  • if you don’t dress up you will regret it
  • take something warm just in case you decide to stay late – it can get very cold
  • you may have to walk a fair way from your parking – take suitable walking shoes and change. This can also save precious vintage shoes from wear!
  • you can get your hair done but its worth booking in advance

So this little post is a a little preview of new items we have brought out especially for Goodwood Revival. Many are limited edition and we’ve tried to create a new style for each era!

 

1940s – The 40s Goodwood Grable Dressgoodwood_revival_dress-2

This is a smashing new 40s ensemble that we have created with Goodwood Revival in mind!

A new limited edition for our best selling tea dance dress we named after wartime pinup ‘Betty Grable’. This is a limited edition pale blue floral print paid with luxurious black crepe and a matching black crepe bolero lined in the print!

So if you fancy wear 40s – this is a great modern take on a 40s dress set. The bolero is perfect as a coverup for the chilly evenings too!

 

1940s Goodwood Grable Tea Dress

 

 

 

 

fifties_full_dress 1950s Connie Swing Dress in Navy & Cream

This is an exquisite new style dress that was based on an original vintage 1950s garment. So if the 1950s is your thing then this is a great dress you dress up or down. Pair with a faux fur, petticoat, tilt hat and heels for a great 1950s look.

If you are busty, this dress gives plenty of room and due to the batwing sleeves that cover the upper arm, is comfy and easy for movement. Waist band under bust creates a lovely nipped in silhouette together with a full circular skirt which can be worn with or without a petticoat.

The Connie 1950s Swing Dress

 

 

 

 

 

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1960s Coco Sheath Dress & Jacket

Chic early to mid 60s empire line sheath dress with matching crop jacket. This dress has it it all – smart, elegant, versatile with a shot of sass thrown in. Perfect for Goodwood Revival!

This is a elegant and sophisticated suit for early 60s fans and is the epitome of early 60s fashions. A must for ladies who love grown up glamour.

Very Coco Chanel and Jackie O – this is a brand new design we are totally in love with!

The 1960s Goodwood Ready Sheath Dress

 

 

 

For other ideas – please visit our ‘What to wear to Goodwood Revival‘ guide

Or view our full collection of recommended styles for Goodwood

 

 

August 23rd, 2017

Posted In: 1950s Fashion, 1960s Fashion, Goodwood Revival, Vintage Events

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Favourite Dress of the Moment – The 1960s ‘Madmen Inspired’ Manhattan Dress

Sometimes the best ideas come out of the blue and then almost magically come together in a few days! This is true of this dress which is based on another one from my own vintage collection and is my utter favourite at the moment. I tend to wear 1940s most of the time but go through periods of fixation of other eras – not that i have OCD or anything 😉 I will say that at this moment its early 1930s that I’m obsessed with but prior to that it was the early 60s again and this design came from that!

Our challenge these days is to come up with designs that have something extra ‘special’ about them – to ensure the dress and its wearer – stand out from the crowd and have that ‘Foxy Magic’. As we make here in this country, we are in a great position to literally turn around a new design within a week. Im blessed with having an amazing team who are like-minded and are happy to work that way 🙂

The ‘Manhattan’ Dress – named by a customer on a recent Social Media competition, is a late 1950s, early 60s wiggle dress with a nipped in waist and is shaped to enhance the bust and to give the wearer a real wiggle. It feels really great to wear because although its very figure hugging, it isn’t revealing as the neckline is not low, nor the hemline high. So, very typical of the early 1960s and later 1950s – it has a ‘class’ about it and that ‘Madmen’, Joan Holloway look.

To explain the shape, it has a really flattering scoop neck – not too revealing but not prim either and grown on sleeves which hug the shoulder. Many ladies prefer sleeves these days which is tricky for us designers because arm sizes vary so much. These sleeves are enough to flatter and make you feel more ‘dressed’. My favourite element in this dress is the bust tucks – these are typical of the time and were used in place of a dart. They give quite a point finish to the shape and are further enhanced by the under bust seam curving upwards towards the underarm. You start to see this shape in vintage garments from late 50s onwards. I love how styles evolve!

This dress is made in super stretchy bengalene which is also quite figure forming and forgiving of any lumps and bumps. As modern fabrics go, its very comfy but doesn’t create the other problems of bobbling or seam slippage. img_3196

The cummerbund is a ruched piece of contrast gold brocade which is around the centre of the body. It was the part of the original dress that told me it was early 60s because there are so many styles that have this styling at the the time. It’s like wearing a mini corset and really gives extra hourglass emphasis. The drop sash which is on the left side of the body is an elegant addition – not too OTT and is a rather clever way of flattering the tummy!

Ooo – we also added bra anchors – we know you love them.

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For guidance on how to dress early 60s – please visit our style guide here

December 5th, 2016

Posted In: 1960s Fashion, Dresses, Favourite Dress Spotlight Posts

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Tuesday this week we did a photoshoot for this season’s Partywear. Apart from one 1940s inspired dress – we were shooting dresses inspired almost completely by the 50s and early 60s. This era is perfect for our model Missy Malone who is best known for her role in the world of Burlesque and runs her own fabulous shows throughout the UK.

In leopard print as always ;-)

In leopard print as always 😉

We have been working with Missy for 6 years and owe her special gratitude as she took a risk modelling for an unknown brand from sunny Yorkshire back in December 2010! This was our very first shoot and marked the start of a great relationship! I will include a photo from that shoot at the bottom of this post.

 

It must be said that we are really pleased with this collection. It was initially set to be a emerald theme – but I quickly realised that it included much more metallic and brocade fabrics than originally planned and is heavily influenced by the late 50s/early 60s chic styles – slightly longer skirt and higher necklines but really nipped in at the waist. Below are a few shots featuring a few new styles and some of our best sellers in new fabrics – including our best selling ‘Foxy Lady’ dress in gold shimmer brocade 🙂

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Pictured: 1960s Jackie O suite – New ‘Gina’ 1950s Prom dress – Foxy Lady Wiggle dress in gold & a new as yet unnamed early 60s dress

Most of our dresses this year have pencil/wiggle skirts rather than flare. This wasn’t a conscious choice – but certainly there are trends within the vintage scene and at the moment many of us are choosing these styles over circle/gathered/petticoat skirts that were so prominent a couple of years ago.

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We have introduced 2 new styles into this collection – the Gina dress with spot lace and ribbon binding and an as yet unnamed dress based on another favourite from my own vintage collection. I will be doing a special spotlight post about this dress soon as it really deserves the attention. I will also be doing a post on the 40s ‘Hayworth’ dress – as this is another really exciting style that we shall see more of in the future.

 

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From our shoot in Dec 2010

 

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November 11th, 2016

Posted In: 1950s Fashion, 1960s Fashion

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