“My name is Tina Kitcher, and I live and work in Surrey. I work full-time as a Senior Theatre Sister (operating department) for the NHS. However, I originally studied Art and Printed Textiles at college so I’ve always had a passion for decades other than the one I am living in.

After having my family and reading lots of historical books and visiting museums I naturally found myself gravitating towards the late Thirties and early Forties (WW2) era. I feel inspired by Lee Miller and the wartime housewife and how they mixed glamour with their day to day routine and make do and mend.

It all started with buying the odd piece of vintage clothing from charity shops but it now has become a bit of an obsession. I’m furnishing my home with anything I think is apt from wartime editions of Woman’s Weekly to a bakelite wireless.

Whenever I can I like to wear original Thirties and Forties pieces of clothing, mainly CC41 (utility wear), but I have found these are getting harder to come by and more expensive.

I’m always on the lookout for gems either from vintage fashion fairs such as the one at Hammersmith Town Hall, online auction sites like eBay and The 40s Room, which sells  authentic pieces – not cheap but in fantastic condition!  For reproduction clothes online I love Tara Starlet and Pin-up Parade. Revival and Atelier Millinery, both in Kingly Court just off Carnaby Street, also stock great clothing, shoes and hats.”


2 Responses

  1. Louise Sleigh

    Really love Tina’s style and I covet her green dress in that opening shot!

    I’ve just had a vintage 1940s makeover by Kitty Wink Vintage. You can see the finished results here: http://wp.me/psCQD-1By

    Thanks for sharing Tina’s story. 🙂

  2. Alice

    You’ve really achieved an authentic look and made it look easy (which I know it isn’t). Beautiful photos 🙂