“My name is Irma Romero, otherwise known as the Vintage Dressmaker. Originally hailing from Spain and Finland, I now live in London. I studied fashion design in Madrid where I got my degree.  Since my early study years my love for the history of fashion has always been a key element, especially my love for all things Twenties. Since my late teens I would a collect pictures and read books on silent movie stars, and I think I’d already read all Agatha Christie books by then, so it was quite natural for me to get into vintage fashion four years ago.

A year and a half ago, I quit my day job and decided to go full-time as the Vintage Dressmaker. I launched two vintage style collections last year, a Thirties to Sixties style blouse collection and a Thirties-inspired dress collection. Vintage-style wedding dresses are a big hit at the moment and are keeping me busy too.

I love collecting vintage magazines, clothing and patterns where I get lots of my inspirations from. Also, my ever-expanding vintage and history of fashion books library is a great source of inspiration, not forgetting B&W films and so on.

As a big lover of silents, Louise Brooks, Clara Bow, Marion Davies and other IT girls from the Twenties have had a big influence.

I specialise in Twenties to Forties – I’m in awe of the meticulous and outstanding construction of garments of this period, the detailing is just extraordinary. I could also say, I’m a big fan of the French seam! Working with original trimmings, fabrics and patterns can be very inspiring to the point that sometimes, a simple button or a buckle may completely dictate the design. I do treat my dummies as my canvases sometimes and just improvise. That’s the fun with vintage trimmings and fabrics!

On my travels around the globe, I tend to visit lots of vintage and second-hand clothes shops, antique stores, vintage fairs for vintage clothing, fabrics and trimmings of course. It is quite amazing what and who you can find with a bit of research beforehand and on the go!

Art Deco is the key art movement for me and something that makes my heart race just a bit more. It’s the architecture and interior design that translated into the pattern and print making – all geometric and abstract floral designs to die for!

So really, all by-gone era clothing is just so remarkable and quite educational in terms of how they were made – no wonder things have lasted so long!”

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