Vintage Queen no 73: Zohar from Israel Our amazing Vintage Queen number 73, Zohar, grew up with a vintage dealer mum and has since launched her own vintage shop on Etsy, making vintage a definite family business. We love our Queen for her playful take on the midcentury silhouette and her immense passion for Forties and Fifties fashion. Well, I’m 24 years old and I live in Tel-Aviv, Israel. I’m a theater student – graduating (hopefully) this year. I always seemed to have kept my old clothes and have jumped at the opportunity to receive some hand-me-downs.I also grew up in a house were old things were treasured. This mixed with my own experimental taste in clothes and accessories drew me more and more to items that had a history and a more interesting shape or silhouette than the ones used at present times. My mother and her business partner own one of the most successful second-hand and vintage shops in Israel. It being a family business I pretty much did every odd job available which made vintage a significant part of my daily life. Finally this year I decided to take the next step after working in a costume warehouse and as a personal shopper (vintage and modern) and opened my own vintage shop on Etsy that is my own personal homage to beautiful vintage clothing and accessories. My shop is also a reflection of my personal taste in clothes – I will never put an item up that I wouldn’t try to mix into my own outfits. Vintage gives you a certain feeling of exclusiveness so I try to make the items I sell affordable because I know how special I feel wearing so many of the items I own, knowing they are probably one of a kind with such a rich history. I find that I gravitate more towards the Fifties and the Forties – the reasons are varied. First of all the fit is wonderful – in my opinion those were clothes made to show the female body at the peak of its femininity, and personally those silhouettes look best on my body type. I also love the Forties and Fifties because of the meticulous way in which women dressed – hats and gloves, purses for every occasion, shoes, patterns and colors were all an important part of a woman’s outfit. I wish such attention to details was expected today as well – hair to heels. I love vintage because it allows me to express my own personal aesthetics in a way clothes today don’t always allow. I also love the idea that every piece I wear was loved by someone else and was used for special events in that persons life. Find out more about Zohar on her blog: http://krinoline.blogspot.com 2 Responses bat May 24th, 2010 zohar kol hakavod! love it! Kiri May 25th, 2010 That’s really neat that she lives in Israel! My family Jewish and I’d love to visit there someday. I love the first outfit best. That dress is so cute and I would never have thought to match that sweater to it, but I really like how she made it work.