fashion history

Vintage dress styles through the decades

The style of frocks has changed dramatically through the years, with each new decade bringing in a new looks, cuts and styles. Here’s a tour down memory lane exploring vintage dresses and how they have...
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The supporting role: bras over the years

Ah, the humble bra. An everyday essential for women across the globe and throughout history, the bra has taken many forms since its creation, from metal breastplates to unsupportive mesh fabric. Rachel England...
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Book review: Style Your Modern Vintage Home

Inspiring and informative, Style Your Modern Vintage Home (Kate Beavis, David and Charles currently  £12.58) combines styling tips, practical restoration info and beautifully photographed real-life...
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So the Nineties are vintage – or are they?

If you go by the common definition that vintage describes clothing which is at least twenty years old, the early Nineties are now officially vintage. Festival curator Wayne Hemmingway has been making the news...
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Vintage Accessories thoughout the decades

When talking of vintage style and fashion we must remember that’s not all about the clothes. It’s also the all important accessories that support, accentuate and sometimes even make the outfit. Angel...
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Lena Horne – the lady and her music

In today’s so-called celebrity culture, genuine star quality has become increasingly difficult to come by. True talent, beauty, style or the power to influence and inspire are all rare commodities these...
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Ostalgie – experience vintage Eastern Berlin

On 9 November 2009 Germany celebrated the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.  While a lot of discussion surrounding East Germany rightfully centers around political repression, the Stasi (East...
specials

A uniquely British look: multiculturalism and style

Studying the style of vintage fashion icons of today and yesteryear affiliated with the punk scene of the Seventies and Eighties, such as Debbie Harry, Chrissie Hynde and more recently Gwen Stefani, it is...
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Burlesque: a short history

These days, the word ‘burlesque’ conjures up images of feather boas, sequined bras and the raven-haired performer Dita Von Teese. But before Dita started gracing the covers of our magazines and dazzled...
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Happy 50th Birthday Barbara!

We don't know many 50 year-olds who look this wrinkle free, but Barbara Millicent Roberts (or Barbie as she's known as) hasn't really aged much since she first appeared in New York in 1959. The 11...