A Great Vintage!
Victoria Benn, Features Writer
Drenched with the April sun, York Racecourse took a little step back in time to host the sixth Festival of Vintage. Organiser Keeley Harris's strap line for the event is 'There's no time like the past!' It certainly felt that way as my companion and I explored the hundreds of stalls, and enjoyed the live music, captivating dancing and brilliant fashion parades.
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I found the parade by the Leeds M&S archive particularly insightful as they highlighted the innovations in textile technology in the 1960s which had transformed M&S, enabling a radical update of their womenswear collections to incorporate couture inspired design, as well as fashionable practical clothes for the new 'teen' shopper. Particularly entertaining were the adverts of the time which illustrated resoundingly that though vintage fashion and styling is very much on trend - vintage values and attitudes to women are most definitely not!
On site transformations and old school glamour came in the shape of The Vintage Beauty Parlour's classic coiffures and powdered perfections; and for the vintage chaps, Jacks Barbers had a long queue awaiting traditional haircuts and wet shaves. Make Do and Mend Workshops also gave visitors the chance to develop their own skills with rag rug, knitting and crochet and patchwork classes.
With a friendly and decorous ambience, and an inspirational vista and sound track; life slowed down a little. People wandered hand in hand admiring the quirky and classic outfits of others, and the Jitterbug dance moves of the initiated. It was definitely a wonderful way to celebrate the style and nostalgia of the past.
Coming soon - the New Vintage!
On a smaller, but no less quintessential scale, is the forth coming Hebden Bridge Vintage Fair taking place on May 6th and 7th in Hebden Bridge Town Hall.
Hebden Bridge's award winning High Street already boasts a thriving vintage and artistic scene, so organisers Yorkshire Vintage Fairs could think of no better place to host their first event.
Partner Claire Walton, famous for her ad-hoc appearances on daytime antiques and salvage programmes - look out for her on Channel 4's 'Find it, Fix it, Flog it' in the coming months - has been taken aback by the positivity for the fair in Hebden Bridge, "We have stall holders coming from all over Yorkshire, but we have also been overwhelmed by the response from local dealers and trades people who have are keen to become involved," explains Claire.
"We've made this fair free entry to encourage everyone to come along and see what we are all about. We also want people to linger and enjoy the vintage atmosphere so we have The Fabulous Miss G booked to sing and compère throughout both days, and a pop up vintage cocktail bar serving mock-tails and cocktails."
A wide selection of ladies and gents vintage fashion and accessories will be available both days, plus homewares, furniture and lighting. Saturday will showcase a selection of stylish fully restored mid-century furniture from iconic names like Ercol and G Plan. Sunday will host a selection of upcycled vintage furniture, vinyl and vintage record players.
There will also be an optician in attendance this day with a wide range of vintage frames to choose from - so if you fancy a pair of authentic national health specs or something a little more refined - remember to take along your prescription!
Hebden Bridge Vintage Fair
May 6th and 7th
10am - 4.30pm
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A Great Vintage!, 26th April 2017, 13:31 PM