In the mix … Take three decades of vintage

60s Black & Silver Sparkle Lurex Knit Tank Top

60s Black & Silver Sparkle Lurex Knit Tank Top

70s St Michaels Mulberry Red Cable Knit Belted Cardigan

70s St Michaels Mulberry Red Cable Knit Belted Cardigan

80s Pink Corduroy Tribal Graffiti Print Oversize Shirt Blouse

80s Pink Corduroy Tribal Graffiti Print Oversize Shirt Blouse

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High times …School, Scotland and AW14 get inspired!

Miss Money Penny: Vintage 50s Tuck Shop Tartan Coin Purse

Miss Money Penny: Vintage 50s Tuck Shop Tartan Coin Purse

Vintage 80s Hot Pink Hand Knitted School Jumper

Vintage 80s Hot Pink Hand Knitted School Jumper

Vintage 80s Tartan Wool Mix High Waisted Pencil Skirt - detail shown under an inspiring soundtrack

Vintage 80s Tartan Check High Waisted Pencil Skirt – detail shown under an inspiring soundtrack

The power of a makeover…top five vintage transformations!

 

Gone With The Wind – The Green Dress (1939)

A once wealthy, Irish-American, Scarlett 0’Hara takes control of her destiny in the civil war-torn South. Desperate to keep her home and family alive, she tears down inherited lush green velvet curtains and demands that her Mammy make her a new dress.

Scarlett’s plan is to trade on her display of wealth to borrow big money come hell or high water. After getting caught out and receiving a hellish refusal from smooth-talker Rhett Butler, Scarlett opts for high water by marrying her Sister’s beau.

Scarlet plays the part of a cotton plantation princess for the last time...

Vivienne Leigh: nailed the part of the cotton plantation princess…

Cinderella – The Ball Gown (1950)

Orphaned and trapped in a blended family chateau, Cinderella is a downtrodden domestic goddess with only a fleet of animals for comfort.

When a gang of haute couture mice pull together a hot pink number at the last minute all Cinderella’s hopes and dreams are exceeded. Sadly once the jealous freeloading, step-in-hells get an eyeful of the competition, torment and humiliation begins at three to one.

Luckily a magic lady, who likes her provincial food, arrives to fix Cinders up in a way that in real life, only Oprah could budget for.

Not a fan of shabby chic - Fairy Godmother does her magic...

Not a fan of shabby chic – Fairy Godmother does her magic…

Thoroughly Modern Millie – Monochrome Flapper (1967)

In a bustling 1920s New York, new-girl Millie scores a top job as a secretary and becomes determined to get on/find a husband/fall in love.

Wanting to throw off the shackles of her small town beginnings she dives into the parties, dress boutiques and beauty parlours. Adopting a new walk, new bust-line (flat natch) and with much comedy, Millie swans about town in the latest trends.

The character’s monochrome outfit is stunning on Julie Andrews who is a total fox but still skillfully conveys her character’s endearing cluelessness beneath her ‘New Look’.

Making the scene - Millie joins the ranks of 'bright young things' in 20s NYC

Making the scene – Millie steps into the big apple and big trouble…

Grease – Skin-tight trousers (1978)

As an Antipodean newbie, Sandy arrives in the land of freedom and soon has it callously stolen when she enters Rydell High School.

Big-hearted romantic, Sandy falls for an emotionally immature Danny. Her first love hope is dashed when his lily-livered antics lead her to heartbreak. Being the plucky sort Sandra Dee won’t allow sabotage from jealous girls to get in her way. With NBF Frenchie donating her rock chick wardrobe, Sandy snags the one that she wants in time for graduation.

The stand out performance is from Stockard Channing aka Rizzo. Journeying from nasty girl to a bit nicer via her pregnancy scare trauma.

Too cool for school - just as well they're graduating then...

Too cool for school – just as well they’re graduating then…

Pretty In Pink – School Dance Dress (1986)

Smart, chic and perpetually frustrated Andie is a redhead with her own mind. Sadly her family is from the wrong side of the tracks and she is weighed down by brutish ‘Daddy’s money’ brats at her Chicago High School. Friends to artists, freaks and impossible-to-handle crushes, Andie finds herself drawn to a boy who’s family are rich. They struggle to keep the flames of love alive with so much peer pressure. With a bit of kindness and a bespoke disco dress Andie manages to enjoy her youth at last.

Hand-made punk fashion, an independent-spirited soundtrack and near perfect character development, ensure this John Hughes movie is a timeless classic.

 

New wave woman. Molly Ringwald subverts traditionally 'girly' pink to make the boys think...

New wave woman. Molly Ringwald subverts traditionally ‘girly’ pink to make the boys think…

 

All hooked up…Oh Someday’s line up is ready to rock!

Selene £35,Rosa £30 and Adamas £20 Necklaces

Selene £35, Rosa £30 and Adamas £20 silver chain hand made necklaces

Casia £30, Double Swing £25 and Opala £25 necklaces

Casia £30, Double Swing £25 and Opala £25 silver chain hand made necklaces

Water babies may like money but everyone loves Oh Someday's Summer Collection. Now in store!

Water babies may like money but everyone loves Oh Someday’s Summer Collection. Now in store!

New arrivals at Green Brick…pictures on twitter!

Far too busy to blog check out @g_brickvintage for weekend updates! Enjoy x

Far too busy to blog check out @g_brickvintage for weekend updates! Enjoy x

End of a Century…It’s something special

A trip down memory lane, twenty years on here are a few of my favourites…

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Modern life is goodish – Blur in their formative years

Scottish-Canadian living in Trinidad, Painter Peter Doig nominated for Turner Prize in 1994 ('Ski Jacket' Oil on Canvas @Tate)

Scottish-Canadian living in Trinidad.  The Painter, Peter Doig nominated for The Turner Prize in 1994 (‘Ski Jacket’ Oil on Canvas @Tate)

11 year old Anna Paquin wins Best Supporting Actress at the 1994 Academy Awards.

11 year old Anna Paquin wins Best Supporting Actress at the 1994 Academy Awards.

The 'Waif' who never waivers - Kate in Liza Bruce Silver Slip Dress

The ‘Waif’ who never waivers – Kate in Liza Bruce Silver Slip Dress

Winnie Holzman's character 'Angela' was  sensitively, intelligently played by Claire Danes

Winnie Holzman’s character ‘Angela’, beautifully and sensitively portrayed by Claire Danes

Portrait of a portrait

Style is not an invention of the last fifty or so years.  It’s as long as time and as personal as the times would allow.

Less we forget how radical women must have felt not having a corset? We can only imagine how powerful and joyous to granted a choice of one’s own silhouette.

Today’s fashion experts believe that famous ladies look good, many look marvelous, still it’s maybe easier to do with a bottomless pit of free dresses and idiot-proof  mineral make-up? This is industry driven design not stitches of suburban dreams.

Our sisters from the last century had a little more to contend with. Financial subordination, wars, poverty, social unrest, recessions, child-rearing and much less freedom to define their own sense of self.

In the days of the new look, ‘Model girls’ did their own hair and make-up. In order to make money from their blessed DNA they also had to have a stylist’s grasp of grooming.

Moving onto DIY actions of garment gathering, a one time teenage suburbanite, Patricia Smith crossed the East River to find work in the Big Apple.

With a few treasured thrift store pieces in a plaid suitcase, dreaming of Vali Myers she set off into the city. Maintaining various book shop jobs and teaching herself art, Patricia made firm friends with many like-minded men and women.

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Vali Myers – Artist and Revolutionary

Her story continues through all the see-change in 1960s USA and leads into Rock and Roll stardom and international inspiration.  The origins of style are still strong with Patti.

Take a look at ‘Just Kids’ to find out more. Published by Bloomsbury.

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Patti Smith – Artist and Rock N’ Roll Star

All we are saying is…Love is the answer.

Retro romance at Oxfam in Hove

Retro romance at Oxfam in Hove