Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Vintage fancy dress & why I never grew up to look like Keira Knightley


Don't know about you guys but I often find that my vintage journey goes in phases - I will find various "linked" items during a particular few vintage shopping trips & ebay/etsy/amazon trawling sessions.  The current "phase" is for vintage fancy dress.  Have an amazon purchase of a 20s fancy dress costume book winging its way to me from the States; a couple of vintage 30s fancy dress costume catalogues amongst recent finds; a 70s craft book bought recently has a great practical section on fancy dress making - scans of some of these below.  Amongst my photo collection is the above photo of my great grandmother, Granny Oakford, dressed as an old man in a village fancy dress parade, I would think in the 30s.  I was looking at this photo & another below (Granny O. is the little figure peeping out on the left) & got to thinking, so that's why I never grew up to look like Keira Knightley!  Those of you who read my blog will know I dream of looking like the divine KK stepping out of that fountain in Atonement with a figure & stature to suit the elegant, fluid shapes of 1930s fashions.  Ho hum!






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  1. I always wanted to look like Lauren Bacall or Thelma Todd,and still do,but bare more of a resemblance to Marty Feldman as Igor in Young Frankenstein...which in a strange way I quite like.
    I come from a long line of people who are genetically disposed to be completely incapable of thinking of any original fancy dress ideas so patterns would be a great find.
    I live a couple of miles away from where they filmed Atonement by the way.

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  2. Well, the Igor comparison is untrue 'cos I've seen your lovely photos. Will try to scan more fancy dress ideas & put on blog - interestingly, I get tons of requests for period dress for kids on ebay, usually towards end of term. Loved Atonement, both film & book. Hubbie had the pressure washer out today, the effect wasn't the same as that fountain ...

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