Browsing Category : VINTAGE

A Spectacular Event – Rooster Magic


We hear about magic shows growing up and think of another make believe world, it leaves us questioning reality as we are fascinated with the unknown. As adults we leave this world behind us and focus on modern life, our imagination is dimmed by logic. That’s why being in the presence of a magician/illusionist in today’s culture we are left…

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Betty Blues – Glamorous Loungewear


Are you ready to enter the world of Betty Blue Loungewear, where you will find vintage silhouette’s made from luxurious silk’s and lace. This world belongs to Betty Hobcraft, she launch the vintage loungewear brand back in 2011 and since then the independent brand has flourished. Vintage girls and fashion forward women love her designs and ultimately want to feel…

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Dupenny – Vintage Pin-Up Illustrations


Emily the founder of Dupenny is a fabulous illustrator from Brighton with a unique vintage style. Her designs are distinctive and can be found on a range of products including Wallpaper, Fabric, Tattoos, Tablewares and much more!  From 1950’s pin-ups to gorgeous peacocks, Dupenny designs can be seen featured in magazines and films. Her clients are worldwide and no matter what image…

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Liberty in Fashion


Liberty in fashion is the current exhibition at the Fashion & Textiles Museum. Celebrating the work of the textile brand, Liberty. The British brand is well known for it’s print and weave fabrics ranging from 1875 when the brand was established by Arther Liberty. During this ear decorate arts were flourishing and as trade developed in to the 1890s, Arthur,…

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Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear


The world of Underwear has changed dramatically over the years. Yet a lot of us Vintage loving ladies are still inspired by the traditional corsets and stockings. With Valentines day fast approaching our attention now more than any other time of the year focuses on underwear and its appeal. Underwear can be just as fantastic and beautiful as clothes which…

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Bletchley Park & Marshall Amps


Marshall Amps is based in Bletchley and in 2013 they launched a ‘PIN UP’ range of amps (C5) with a vintage leather finish and Gil Elvgrin images on the front. The campaign for the new collection was set in the infamous Bletchley Park, home of the WW11 Enigma machine (as seen on the ‘Imitation Game’). The use of the old…

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British Tailoring: McQueen


Lee ‘Alexander’ McQueen is one of Britain’s most influential designers. His obsession with death and religion made him very much ahead of his time with eccentric yet classic tailoring. He graduated from London’s Central Saint Martins, with his master’s degree in fashion design from in 1992. Its was here that he met Sarah Burton, who worked in the creative team…

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Turn Back Time: Chanchala’s Jewellery


Chanchala is a beautiful antique jewellery designer with a twist, all the jewellery is made from recycled clock parts. Each piece of jewellery is unique, making antique items into modern designs. Most of Chanchala’s jewellery incorporates found objects which are old and unwanted. Her line of Steampunk jewellery began with a pile of old watch and clock parts which got…

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The Tweed Run


A few weeks ago saw 500 cyclists bedecked in their finest country attire, descend upon the capital for the sixth Tweed Run. Starting at Somerset House (which has been featured previously on Make & Believe), the riders gathered for the customary group photo before setting off to find their steeds. A swelteringly hot day, many of the riders chose slightly…

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Bobby & Dandy: Kitsch Vintage


Bobby & Dandy opened in March 2011 and has been going from strength to strength ever since. It has been gaining a great reputation with locals as well as those who have traveled from out of town to visit. Owner, Donna Grimaldi, opened her shop after a few years of having concessions in other shops, selling online and at fairs.…

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