Queens meets vintage fashionista Natasha Bailie image: Julia Boggio Meet Natasha Bailie, the vintage fashion collector behind the Natasha Bailie Vintage Clothing Company. This online wardrobe is stocked full with beautiful hand-picked items, a real must for all vintage queens. Natasha chats to our Homes Editor Tara Gardner and offers all readers a 15% discount in her store. Tell us a bit about yourself and why you started your store Natasha: I started Natasha Bailie Vintage Clothing Company with the idea that like me, there were people out there who wanted more for their money and were tired of fast fashion. I knew that there must be other people looking for something so unique and inspiring that they were willing to come back with me to yesteryear and have a good rummage. I particularly love vintage prom dresses and cocktail dresses from the Forties through to the Eighties. Each vintage treasure is hand selected by me and only the best makes it into the online store. What got you interested in vintage fashion? NB: From as early as I can remember I have always been completely enchanted with ‘old Hollywood’ and the Fifties. Fred and Ginger, Monroe and Judy were my escapism. When I tried on my first vintage prom dress I got that same feeling. I am always on the hunt for the next vintage prom dress, my next vintage fix. I want to give that same feeling to other women who love vintage and want to wear something so special and unique that they can dream the day away in their little vintage dress. If you could go back in time to a particular era, which would it be and why? NB: The Fifties! The dresses, the gloves, the bags, the hair…what’s not to love? I want to be one of the screaming girls watching Frank Sinatra croon. What’s your favourite vintage item? NB: I love a vintage prom dress and I love a big bow! One of the first dresses that I bought for the shop was a Eighties purple peplum prom dress with a huge turquoise bow. I sold it to a girl who wanted it for her 21st birthday party. I’m glad it got to go to a good party, but part of me wishes it was in my wardrobe! Finding the perfect prom dress is like finding your wedding dress, you get that “wow! I have something no one else has” feeling. It’s like a drug… Hi I’m Natasha Bailie and I have a vintage prom dress addiction! How do you source your shop products? NB: Each vintage dress, bag, shoe and accessory is carefully selected from vintage fairs, antique stores and private collections from around the world. I evaluate not only the look and feel of each vintage piece, but also the condition. It takes hours of rifling through moth eaten sweaters and dresses, but hey someone’s got to do it! Do you have a vintage style icon? NB: Grace Kelly – she was a real life Cinderella. If I am honest though, I am more Bardot than Kelly… untamed blonde hair, curves and sunglasses. Do you have any style tips for vintage fashion shoppers? NB: It’s easy to get carried away when vintage shopping. Find an era that suits you and stick with it. For every era there is a body shape; ladies with curves and cleavage can show off their assets with waist-clinching dresses from the Fifties, whereas women with long legs should flaunt them with a Sixties mini-shift dress. 4 Responses julie June 25th, 2010 wow natasha you look amazing in that red dress! i still love my yellow gingham doris day dress i bought from you xxxx enjoy goodwood this year, love julie xxx Little Miss Random July 1st, 2010 Hi there, Is there a discount code that needs to be quoted in order to get teh 15% discount? I can’t seem to find it in the article. Thanks! The Timbo July 13th, 2010 LOVE the vanity cases, Natasha. Suzanne March 18th, 2011 Love her outfit — vintage never goes out of style!