Vintage Queen no 42: Andi from Australia Our beautiful Vintage Queen number 42 loves everything about the Forties and Fifties. Her carefully styled head-to-toe vintage outfits have inspired us to get out our pearls and full-skirted dresses and indulge in the glamour of mid-century style. “My name is Andi B. Goode and I hail from Adelaide, South Australia. I’m 23 and I’m just about to finish a Bachelor degree in visual arts with a major in photography, so I have to get used to being out in the ‘real world’ again after three years of study. I’ve had a love for old-time things my whole life; I grew up watching classic movies starring my favourites Audrey Hepburn, Doris Day and Cary Grant and listened to a lot of old rock ‘n’ roll and country &western, too. I started op-shopping (or thrifting) about four years ago, but it’s only the past couple of years that I’ve actually started to think about vintage, and there are some finds I let go that I wish I hadn’t, now! I started experimenting with vintage hairstyles – beehives, victory rolls and pin-curls – on-and-off about three years ago but I think I really decided to have a full-time vintage look soon after I had a Foties-themed party for my 21st. I love the Forties and Fifties equally; Forties fashion for women was very boxy but still managed to seem feminine at the same time. In the Fifties the female form was almost taken to the extreme with the exaggerated hour-glass silhouette being popular. I love the extravagance of Fifties fashion and that casual looks seem equally as glamorous looking back! There are also a lot of different looks you can take just from these two eras – a cutie-pie bobby-soxer with saddle shoes, a mysterious femme fatale with dangerously long red nails or a va-va-voom sex kitten in a pencil skirt, just to name a few. I love just about everything from the Forties and Fifties – music, film, literature, design. I still have an interest in things which were created afterwards, but none of it seems to fill me with the same sense of joy. As shy as I am, I’ve always taken a secret pleasure in standing out, and I don’t like the idea of conforming and following rules; I feel that wearing vintage lets me escape a little bit from society’s expectations. As a would-be film buff, I spend a lot of time watching classic movies; my favourite genres are film noir and musicals, which are really as different as two kinds of films can be! Red lipstick is probably my favourite vintage accessory – I feel that it adds a touch of the siren to any outfit. I think my love of red,red lips comes from my favourite Disney Princess (and one of my style icons) Snow White. I like being a vintage gal in the 21st century. It can be frustrating at times, especially when people think I’m going to a fancy dress party, but I feel that I’ve got the best of both worlds. To find out more about Andi, follow her blog here.” One Response Sydney October 20th, 2009 Yay! Congratulations Andi!! XOXO, Syd Divine Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.