Vintage wardrobe snoop QueensOfVintage.com reader Amanda has always been an avid vintage wearer and collector. She’s kindly invited QueensOfVintage.com on a special snoop around her amazing vintage wardrobe. Amanda is a vivacious 48 year-old who has been collecting vintage since she was 16. A big fan of vintage shopping at Camden Market as well as Beyond Retro in London, she’s finding it hard to just buy from one era: “It’s hard to pick my favourite decade as I love them all but I have to say the Fifties has to be the most colourful, and I love colour. In a country so cold and rainy we all need cheering up and this does the job for me. I love the music too, and the cars.” A talent hunter, Amanda has been scouting bands, artist and songs for quite a few years now and passing them to various record companies. “It’s a bit like vintage clothing”, she says, “you hunt for talent but sometimes when you are not expecting it, it’s in front of you.” She’s also a vocalist and songwriter in a duo called ‘Shadowlands’. Of course she wears the full-on glamour gear! “I have a secret ambition to do a turn at the famous Ronnie Scotts jazz club though”, she says of her dream, “to sing of the same stage that Ella Fitzgerald sang on.Wow.” Always happy to pass on her own vintage tips, Amanda has a great one for Forties lovers who wear hairnets: “Dye them the same as your own hair colour by buying white ones. When my hair was ‘feltip’ red I couldn’t find any and so I just dyed my own. Perfect match girls!” Amanda has had this Forties suit since she was 16. She still loves it and teams it with red seams these days. A huge fan of diva coats, Amanda calls this number ‘The Beast’. She says “The ‘beast coats’ as I affectionately call them, have come from California via eBay. The red one is from Paris though and is a tulip shape.” This purple coat is an orginal Arthur Banks of Mayfair, and the hat is called ‘Lady Gainsborough’. The long white Sixties coat is ‘Eastex’, Amanda picks up a fair bit of early Sixties mint clothing up in Cyprus (who would have guessed to look there) and I brings it back to the UK to either wear or sell. 3 Responses Denise Martin June 23rd, 2009 Hi is Amanda a member of the 50s group on Queens of Vintage?? Lena June 23rd, 2009 I’m not sure! John Knight June 13th, 2010 Thanks for sharing these lovely images. Your obvious expert knowledge and passion shines through. I have just come back from a buying trip/holiday in Normandy and found an amazing new vintage shop in Trouville. Bought back fabulous dresses by Lanvin, Dior and Ferragamo, all less than 150 euros each.