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!



  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.

  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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