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Chocolate Paradise AN INTERVIEW WITH CHOCCYWOCCYDOODAH

Beau Rocks

AN INTERVIEW WITH OUR BURLESQUE COVER STAR, BEAU ROCKS!

Modern Vintage Modern Thinking Vintage Living


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IN THIS ISSUE

Contents

SEPT-OCT 2012 | EDITION 4 | MODERNVINTAGEMAGAZINE.COM

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A Vintage Weekend - Preston Guild 2012

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Spotlight On - Beau Rocks

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Spotlight On - ChoccyWoccyDooDah

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Meet the Icons - Marlon Brando

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Gemma Neep’s Fesitval of Vintage Review

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Scarborough Fair Free Ticket

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Vintage Finds

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Reader’s Events

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How to make Halloween Cupcakes

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A Month With - A Kick up the Arts

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How to - The Classic Vintage Set with Lipstick & Curls

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Pinupzania’s Images of the Month

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Our search for 2 New Writers

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Reader’s Pin Ups

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Life behind the Pinup - Coco Fierce

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Vintage Inspired

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The Art of Claudia Hek - Book Review

Cover Star Beau Rocks P10

Preston’s Vintage Guild P5

Halloween Cakes P30


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Hello...

What a month September has been. The weather has begun to cool and all over the World, people are winding down from the events of the Summer…..not ‘vintage’ people though! You‘ve been as busy as ever over the last few weeks, with huge numbers of fairs, parties and shows, bringing together lovers of all things vintage and vintage inspired. Personally, Autumn is my favourite season; not too cold, not too hot and oh the accessories!! Accessories are a great starting point for those who are a little wary of buying vintage clothing. Hat’s, gloves and scarves, begin to find their place in our wardrobes again this month and can be found for a very reasonable price. Not as daunting as stepping out in full vintage attire for the first time, accessories, are easy to store and always fit no matter how many afternoon teas you partake in!

Our writers were thrilled to be invited to so many of your events recently and have tried to attend as many as possible, but our favourite has to be the weekend long festival that was The Vintage Preston Guild where Rachel, one of our feature writers met her hero, Mr Vintage himself, Wayne Hemmingway!! Have you attended a fabulous event? Have you found a vintage seller who goes above and beyond to provide a great customer experience? Have you been experimenting with vintage clothing? Why not let us know about it? Send us a photograph and we might include it in our next issue. Ed PS. Although we are currently an online-only magazine, we know that many of you would like a hard copy and we are working on making that happen…..the things we do for you!

In this issue...

editors top picks from this edition P28

Your Vintage Events

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Lipstick and Curls How to create the classic vintage set.

Vintage Finds

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Choccywoccydoodah

Marlon Brando We take a look at the life of one of the greatest actors of our time

A Month With Kick it up the Arts give us a sneaky peek into their World.

What have you been enjoying this month?

The yummiest interview ever!!

All the lovely things you’ve cherished from years gone by


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FEATURED EVENT

PRESTON GUILD 2012

T HIS IS SU E WE VISITE D PRESTON’S 2012 VINTAG E GUILD

“Our job isn’t just about recreating vintage styles perfectly. ”


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“AIDED BY SUCH VINTAGE ROYALTY AS WAYNE AND GERARDINE HEMMINGWAY... THERE WAS DEFINITELY SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE’

WITH THE BEAUTIFUL AVENHAM PARK AS IT’S BACKDROP, THE VINTAGE GUILD CELEBRATIONS WENT DOWN A STORM. PRESTON HAS NOTORIOUSLY UNRELIABLE WEATHER AND YET THE SUN SHONE UPON THE MANY STALL HOLDERS, PERFORMERS AND ACTIVITIES HELD TO COMMEMORATE THIS CENTURIES OLD TRADITION Young and old gathered to take part in the weekend long event, aided by such vintage royalty as Wayne and Gerardine Hemmingway and there was most definitely something for everyone. The Spirit of ’42 Ball saw Prestonians and vintage enthusiasts from as far away as the US, congregate in their victory rolls and dust off their danc-

ing shoes, to pay homage to the Preston Guild that was cancelled on account of World War Two. It was one of the most glamorous events that the area has ever seen; where land girls and GI’s made friends on the dance floor and the (((Mayor and his wife)) rubbed shoulders with glamorous ladies dressed their finest, including Modern Vintage model Kat and the Mayor of Preston.

The stunning Victorian fountain in Preston’s Avenham Park; One of the many beautiful vintage stalls that lined the pathways; cupcakes from Lulabelle; row upon row of vintage gems; a pair of glamorous ladies enjoy dancing in the Spiegal tent.


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‘THE WHOLE THING HAS BEEN AMAZING: FAR TOO GOOD TO BE A ONE-OFF’, SAYS TRACEY: VINTAGE LOVER, PRESTONIAN Daytime events included free activities encouraging young visitors to learn about traditional crafts and past times and for a small fee, ladies and ‘princesses’ could have their hair coifed to perfection by an army of retro hairdressers.

The Mayor and his wife get into the swing of things at The Spirit of ‘42 Ball; Topping up the glamour with a slick of patriotic red lipstick; vintage table decorations set the scene; land girls let their hair down; Modern Vintage Magazine model, Kat enjoys a night of decadence; a couple of handsome chaps, smart as ever; novices and experts come together on the dancefloor for a night to remember.


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There was square dancing in the exquisitely decorated Spiegel tent and a huge array of bands played to a happy crowd as they relaxed in the September sunshine. Local restaurants and producers sold their wares in the nearby Winkley Square and the onsite bar kept glasses filled with cold cider….until the festival goers drank the bar dry!! The glamour stakes were high all weekend, despite the heat and the near constant fear of rain that Northerners tend to have. there were regular ‘best in festival’ contests, were prizes were given for best outfit, best hair and make-up and best accessories to name but a few. Square dancing lessons in the Speigal tent; Willet and Company and the Camera Obscura, a device that has been around since the 6th Century; 9 year oild Bethany gets a vintage make-over folowed by a photoshoot; for those who didn’t quite feel ready for their close up, help was at hand from an ar,my of retro hair stylists and make-up artists; I met my hero, Wayne Hemmingway; three beautiful ladies emerge from the best in festival competition, the proud winners of the ‘best accessories’ award.


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The Preston Guild is a celebration, held every twenty years in the Lancashire town of Preston. Though it began as a formal ‘check’ of tradesmen in the area in 1179, it has existed solely as a celebration for centuries. Preston Guild has taken place every 20 years since 1522 only being interrupted in 1942 because of the wartime situation. A saying also exists in Lancashire regarding infrequent events that they happen only “once every Preston Guild”.

Another happy customer browses the rails; Alessandro Posamai of Winkleys serves local produce; a fantastic display by ‘Everything Stops For Tea’; visitors dive into a mountain fabric during a craft session & Swingaroo dance teachers Lorraine & Dave enjoy the sunshine.


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The spectacular weekend culminated in a performance by the Human League, which prompted a queue of 80s music lovers as far as the eye could see; a wait well worth the effort once the first chords began. This was an incredible festival of all things vintage and all things local. To say it was a success would be do the organisers a disservice: it was tremendously successful and opened many people’s eyes to the joys of vintage clothing, crafts, music & dancing.

WORDS AND IMAGES BY RACHEL PALMER

Something for everyone: twins regail friends and strangers with stories of Guilds gone by; Knit-bombinggroup, Art-Yarn decorated the park with beautiful wooly diamonds; visitors upcycled damaged old books, comics & magazines to create images that could be transferred to canvas bags; even canine visitors enjoyed themselves; crowds relaxed on striped deck-chairs and enjoyed music by local performers; Another pair of glamorous ladies emerge from the ‘best in festival’ competition; The Human League raise the roof as the Vintage Guild Weekend draws to a close.

If you would like Modern Vintage Magazine to visit your vintage event, email us at Admin@ModernVintageMagazine.com and tell us what you have planned.


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Beau Rocks


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THE TEAM AT MODERN VINTAGE MAGAZINE, LOVE NOTHING MORE THAN PUTTING ON THEIR GLAD RAGS AND TAKING IN THE SIGHTS AT A BURLESQUE SHOW. Performer Beau Rocks is fast becoming one of our favourites and the Glaswegian beauty kindly agreed to tell us a little bit about herself

IS BEAU ROCKS YOUR REAL NAME?

I wish it was! Although introducing myself as Beau with a Scottish accent normally leaves people thinking my name is Bob!? I went to university with a girl whose surname was Rocks - I had extreme name envy - so I stole it! I also like the fact that in French Beau is masculine, so it’s a little bit of a contradiction to what walks on stage.

WE THINK THE NAME FITS YOU PERFECTLY. YOU’RE FROM GLASGOW, ARE THERE MANY GLASWEGIAN BURLESQUE PERFORMERS?

There are some fantastic Glaswegian and Scottish performers, the scene is very strong up North. Unfortunately I have lived in England for the entirety of my burly career so I can’t say that I have ever even worked north of the border! A home-town gig is way over due!

YOUR DAD SOUNDS BRILLIANT! HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN INTERESTED IN GLAMOUR AND PERFORMING?

Having two older brothers I grew up as a little tom-boy - playing with action figures SO WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY and computer games - so anything remotely BACK HOME THINK? ‘girly’ was completely off the cards for me. My family are very proud and supportive of what I do, It was only after I graduated from university although it is a little strange when my Dad calls with that I began to tread nervously into my more new routine ideas and suggestions. Sweet but strange! feminine sensual side.


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sometime they can lose DO YOU CHOREOGRAPH YOUR their soul. I much prefer to have a guide to work OWN ROUTINES? I choreograph all of my own routines, although sometimes I seek advice and guidance from my more professionally trained friends!

If I have a new routine coming together I rehearse as much as I possibly can before I put it out on stage, its good to know exactly how things come off and when! My style of performance is very free - I don’t like pieces that are too strictly choreographed as I feel

with and let the character of the piece take over on stage.

YOU MUST HAVE TO WORK HARD TO MAINTAIN THAT INCREDIBLE FIGURE!? WHAT’S YOUR SECRET?

I really hate it when people ask me this as I feel really guilty! Fortunately, I am blessed with good genes and a high metabolism. I realise that one day both may fail me, but hey all shapes


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‘one of the best things about burlesque is that the scene appreciates the beauty of all shapes and sizes’ and sizes are welcome on a burlesque stage so I’m not too worried about that! We agree, one of the best things about Burlesque is that the scene appreciates the beauty of all shapes and sizes.

YOUR COSTUMES ARE BEAUTIFUL TOO. WHO CREATES THEM?

Why thank you. I design and make everything myself. I do have a degree in textiles and fashion design, which comes in very handy! I also make commissions for other performers too. It may even be my favourite part of the job! Wow!! You are a very talented lady indeed!

WE LOVE THE VINTAGE STYLE OF YOUR COSTUMES, DO YOU ROCK THE VINTAGE DIVA LOOK OFF STAGE?

I recently performed an outdoor show at a vineyard in Sardinia with a seven-piece swing band called The Ballroom Kings.

Sometimes yes, it is lovely to It was a beautiful setting and get dressed up and rock the the 2000 strong crowed loved vintage look with confidence and it. I also did a show this year at conviction. a theatre, which was part of a boarding school. I didn’t realise Plus people on the tube tend that was were I was until I was to be much more gentlemanly given a meal ticket and asked to towards you, and I do love a man like up with the kids to get my with manners. dinner!

DON’T WE ALL!? IT’S HARD TO IMAGINE YOU ON THE TUBE AFTER SEEING YOU IN SOME SERIOUSLY GRAND VENUES. WHERE IS THE MOST INTERESTING/ UNUSUAL PLACE YOU’VE PERFORMED?

At least it gave them something to talk about in class the next day! (I would like to note that the show was not for the kids, just held on the grounds!)

WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO PERFORM?


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I have performed all around Europe so there aren’t At the minute my schedule is jam packed with many shows left on my check-list! I think the lots of lovely trips home and abroad over the next next step for Beau has to be the US. few months. I would love to perform at the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Vegas, but it takes a lot of planning and preparation... maybe next year!

FINGERS CROSSED, YOU FIND TIME IN YOUR BUSY SCHEDULE, BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE AMAZING. WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR BEAU ROCKS?

BEAU ROCKS PERFORMS REGULARLY AT THE PROUD VENUES IN LONDON, SO IF YOU WANT TO CATCH HER TAKING OFF HER SMALLS - THERE IS PROBABLY YOUR BEST BET! WWW.PROUDCABARET.COM

By Rachel Palmer with many thanks to Beau Rocks, Martin Hogeboom - www.martinhogeboom.nl, phototom : Tom Asek photograpohy, Thomas Zehnder, Karoline Wolf,

Website: Beaurocks.co.uk Facebook: Facebook.com/missybeaurocks


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SPOTLIGHT ON

CHOCCYWOCCYDOODAH

WHEN C HO C O L AT I ER S MEETS AR T I S T ! THE GREAT ES T C REAT I O NS K NO WN TO B AKI NG

If you like what we do: commission it. Don’t copy it and maybe question the morals of someone who would. This should be a motto for all original thinkers and creators. We make the world a better place, don’t you think?


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BORN ON A DRUNKEN NIGHT OUT BASED ON THE DESIRE TO EAT COPIOUS QUANTITIES OF CHOCOLATE, CHOCCYWOCCYDOODAH IS THE CREATION OF ‘THE TWO CHRISTINES’; GARRATT AND TAYLOR, WHO ONCE UPON A TIME, FOUND THEMSELVES IN POSSESSION OF A SHOP THEY DIDN’T WANT. Now the destination of choice for celebrities and cocoa connoisseurs in search of exquisite celebration cakes, the shop in bohemian Brighton, has come a long way from that merry night and lust for chocolate. Christine Taylor, star of the TV Series on Good Food Channel, joins us to talk chocolate, creativity and crazy characters.

CHRISTINE, DO YOU THINK YOU WILL

EVER GET SICK OF CHOCOLATE? I will never get sick of chocolate! My current favourite is our buttery toffee popcorn, enrobed in milk chocolate. Yum!

WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR INSPIRATION? The company takes its inspiration from Brighton, lots of other great cities in the world and artists, film makers, music…. in fact anything and everything!


18 MODERN VINTAGE MAGAZINE - ISSUE 4 The process starts with a conversation with the customer, the details of the celebration, from there we will create designs. We have stacks of ideas; there is no end to what we would like to do! It isn’t surprising that you take inspiration from your surroundings, given where you live!

WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT LIVING IN BRIGHTON? The best thing about Brighton is the people. They are eccentric, eclectic, proper bohemian, forgiving if they like you, supportive if they understand you and tough as old boots if you don’t measure up. With our massive population of artists, gays, gangsters, good timers and chancers, Brighton is unshockable and without Brighton, Choccywoccydoodah wouldn’t exist.

THE CHOCCYWOCCYDOODAHIANS ARE AN ECLECTIC BUNCH, HOW DO YOU CHOOSE THEM? I employ artists and designers, the studio is full of creativity. Creative people just are, it’s a curse as well as a gift. We are all square pegs; none of us fit into society’s round pegboard! I look for talent, character and the ability to work in a team. Many of our chocolatiers have no formal training or experience when they join the team….but neither did I!

WITH THE RISE IN CHOCCYWOCCYDOODAH’S PROFILE, WE SEE A LOT OF PEOPLE ATTEMPTING TO RECREATE YOUR DESIGNS. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT


BEING COPIED? Choccywoccydoodah are a design company. We come up with the design, we invest in making the creation possible and then we produce and sell our original thoughts….designs….soul?! It is such irritatingly bad form for that to be copied and worst still, copied badly.

“If you like what we do: commission it. Don’t copy it and maybe question the morals of someone who would. This should be a motto for all original thinkers and creators. We make the world a better place, don’t you think?” We think so indeed and having tasted, commissioned and been thrilled with your creations in the past, we know that they cannot and should not be copied.

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR THE CHOCCYWOCCYDOODAHIANS? We shall never be a chain store, because we just don’t want to be. My newest baby is our London shop. A former tobacco factory and brewery, it seems almost written that it should now be a chocolaterie. I am hoping that being in the worlds grooviest capital city is a sound business decision. Just off Carnaby Street, you can still sense the swinging sixties in the air.

FOR THE FUTURE? MAYBE JUST ONE OR TWO MORE CHOCCYWOCCYDOODAHS? I’M FANCYING NEW YORK, BUT WONDERING IF MANCHESTER WOULD EVER FORGIVE ME.

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To contact, visit or find out more information use the details below: BRIGHTON AND LONDON SHOPS LONDON CHOCOLATERIE

30-32 Fouberts Place, Carnaby, W1F 7PS 0207 734 9713 london@choccywoccydoodah.com

BRIGHTON CHOCOLATERIE 24 Duke Street, Brighton BN1 1AG 01273 329 462 brighton@choccywoccydoodah.com

BRIGHTON BAR DU CHOCOLAT 27 Middle Street, Brighton BN1 1AL 01273 732 232 barbrighton@choccywoccydoodah.com

LONDON BOUDOIR BOOKINGS 0207 734 9713 barlondon@choccywoccydoodah.com

CUSTOMER ENQUIRIES

01273 329 462 info@choccywoccydoodah.com

PRESS, PR AND MARKETING christine@choccywoccydoodah.com

FACEBOOK: HTTP://WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/ CHOCCYWOCCY TWITTER: HTTP://WWW.TWITTER.COM/ CHOCCYWOCCYSHOP YOUTUBE: HTTP://WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/USER/ GAVINCHOCCYWOCCY

CHOCCYWOCCYDOODAH.COM


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The Iconic Marlon Brando

MARLON BRANDO WAS BORN IN APRIL 1924. ROCK AND ROLL BEFORE ANYBODY KNEW WHAT ROCK AND ROLL WAS, HE IS WIDELY CONSIDERED ONE OF THE GREATEST AND MOST INFLUENTIAL ACTORS OF THE 20 THE CENTURY.


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through the Hall´s and was later threatened with expulsion from Shattuck Military Academy. Instead, he chose to leave. After some time working as a ditch digger, he began studying at the Actor´s Studio. where he was very vocal about the ailings of some of his superiors Brando was thrown off his first stage production for bad

“NEVER CONFUSE THE SIZE OF YOUR PAYCHECK WITH THE SIZE OF YOUR TALENT.” behaviour, but found success in other local plays before making his break into Broadway. In 1944 he was awarded the accolade of ´Most Promising Star´.

MARLON BRANDO WAS BORN IN APRIL 1924. ROCK AND ROLL BEFORE ANYBODY KNEW WHAT ROCK AND ROLL WAS, HE IS WIDELY CONSIDERED ONE OF THE GREATEST AND MOST INFLUENTIAL ACTORS OF THE 20 THE CENTURY.

His real rise to stardom came in 1951, with his portrayal of Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire. Brando´s leap to the big screen came with the film adaptation of the play, for which he would receive an Academy Award Nomination for best actor. He would win the award for Best Actor in a leading role for three consecutive years.

Director Martin Scorsese considered his talent a benchmark for all other actors, commenting:

“HE IS THE MARK. THERE’S ´BEFORE BRANDO´AND ÁFTER BRANDO´. The youngest of three children, Marlon was born in Illinois. His mother, Dorothy was an unconventional lady: she smoked, drove a car and wore trousers, which was unusual for women at the time. A former actress, it may have been she who introduced Brando to his love of the arts. Although Brando ‘s talent was evident from an early age, his behavior threatened to end his career even before it had begun. He was expelled from High School, for riding his motorcycle

“ACTING IS THE EXPRESSION OF A NEUROTIC IMPULSE. IT'S A BUM'S LIFE. QUITTING ACTING, THAT'S THE SIGN OF MATURITY.” Brando used his own Triumph Thunderbird 6T motorcycle for his part in The Wild One, which caused a stir amongst the bike’s importers, as they feared what the film would do for their reputation.


ISSUE 4 - MODERN VINTAGE MAGAZINE 23 Over the years that followed, Brando developed a reputation for being difficult to work with and failed to achieve the same accolades as in his early career. He was seen with countless women and rumours were rife that he and Jack Nicholson had been involved in a homosexual relationship. Nicholson and Brando chose to neither confirm nor deny the allegations. Marlon Brando was married three times and including those children whom he adopted and babies born outside of his marriages, he was a father of 15! Although Brando delivered a series of box office failures in the 1960s, in 1972 he played Don Vito Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola’s epic movie, The Godfather. The Godfather would go on to be the most commercially successful movie of all time and Brando’s performance, would be hailed by

Brando had a long term relationship and three children, Ninna, Myles and Timothy with his housekeeper, Maria Ruiz. Brando also had four more children, Stephen, Michael, Dylan and Angelique by unidentified women and adopted Petra Brando-Corvall, the daughter of his assistant. In total, Marlon Brando had 13 children! Marlon Brando announced his retirement from acting in 1980, though he later took small roles in a handful of movies. He had, he said, decided to dedicate his time to his children (all thirteen of them!) and to his political and humanist endeavors. Brando was a huge supporter of the civil rights movement, one of the first actor-activists and attended a great number of marches and protests throughout his life.

THERE’S A LINE IN THE PICTURE WHERE HE SNARLS, ‘NOBODY TELLS ME WHAT TO DO.’ THAT’S EXACTLY HOW I’VE FELT ALL MY LIFE. critics as his best. The movie revitalized his career and a role in The Last Tango in Paris, another smash hit, followed. Marlon Brando, didn’t choose to make the most of this renewed superstar status and took an almost decade long break from movies. Brando is reported to have been paid $3.7 million for his role as Jor-El in the 1978 movie, Superman along with almost 12% of the profits and then an equally highly paid role in another Coppola film, Apocalypse Now, the following year. His only stipulation was that he did not have to read any scripts and that his lines would be visible to him at all times! Though they never married, in the 80s and 90s, Marlon

Brando won the Academy Award for best actor for his portrayal of mob boss Don Corleone, but he refused to receive it, sending in his place an American Indian rights activist, who appeared in full Apache dress. His reasons for not attending were based on his objection to the way that American Indians were depicted in movies.


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Festival of Vintage GEMMA NEEP WON MVM’S COMPETITION & RECEIVED TICKETS TO ATTEND THE FESTIVAL OF VINTAGE IN EPSOM. WHAT DID SHE THINK...? It’s a horrible wet day, but thankfully the festival is inside, spread out over 2 floors.The Nostalgia hall, on the ground floor and the Vintage Arcade on the first floor. On the first floor is the Vintage Tea Room, which is a travelling tearoom with a 1940’s style. The music throughout the event was amazing; from a DJ playing Rock and Rollmusic, to live music from Lady Ella and The Swinging Sweethearts covering hits from the 1940’s. The atmosphere was amazing and the fabulous music playing throughout, had lots of people dancing. Everyone appeared to be having a verygood time.

“From very young to the slightly more ‘vintage.’ “ Attendees were a mixture of ages from the very young to the slightly more vintage. The number and variety of stalls was very impressive., with a a variety of vintage clothes and household items from the 1920’s through to the 60’s. The vast majority of visitors are dressed in vintage clothes, both military and civilian and there was a fashion show of clothes from the 1930’s to the 1960’s. At just 7.50 for an adult ticket, the Festival of Vintage offers great value for money and though the queues may have been a little long and the weather dismal, it was a great success! See www.discovervintage.co.uk for details of up and coming events.

Have you attended a great vintage event? Why not post a review on www.modernvintagemagazine.com and you could be featured in our next issue.


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Vintage Finds LOLASSECRETWARDROBE SENT US THIS FUN, FLIRTY POLKA DOT DRESS; GREAT FOR CREATING A VINTAGE LOOK.

A DELICATE, 1930’S-50’S PARASOL BOUGHT AT THE FESTIVAL OF VINTAGE AT EPSOM AT THE HATASTIC STALL

CAROLINE STREET FOUND A GORGEOUS VINTAGE DRESS, AND A SEAMSTRESS THAT COULD MAKE IT FIT HER PERFECTLY CASEY OF ELEGANT MUSINGS, FOUND THIS STUNNING 1950S HAT AT A LOCAL GARAGE SALE. WE ARE JUST A LITTLE BIT JEALOUS! HELLO OLIVE SHARES THIS RATHER FOLKSY, VINTAGE, MEAKIN BOWL,. IT WAS A BIRTHDAY GIFT FROM A VERY GENEROUS FRIEND. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!


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Vintage Finds

SOPHIE FROM OXFORD FOUND THIS GREAT VINTAGE BUBBLEGUM MACHINE ON ETSY. WHAT WOULD YOU FILL IT WITH?

SAM FOUND A VERY TRUSTING VINTAGE AND SECOND HAND CLOTHES SELLER IN SAN CARLOS, SPAIN. HER STOCK WAS LEFT OUTSIDE, EVEN AFTER THE STORE CLOSED! FASHION BLOGGER AMY OF WOLFWHISTLE FOUND THIS GREAT 1950S SKIRT AT A JUMBLE SALE! WHO KNEW THEY STILL EXISTED? WELDONE AMY, IT’S LOVELY ANNA , OF MISS-BEATRIX BLOG, FOUND THESE VINTAGE ENID BLYTON BOOKS FOR 25P EACH AT LEEDS MARKET! AREN’T THEY GRAND!

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Reader’s Events

LYDIA SAYS; THE MORECAMBE HERITAGE WEEKEND WAS A SUCCESS FOR STORES AND SHOPPERS AS THE AREA LOOKED BACK AT FASHIONS FROM THE 40S AND 50S. THERE WAS A VINTAGE BIKE SHOW AT THE WINTER GARDENS AND A PORTRAIT EXHIBITION WAS UNVEILED.

THE POLKA DOT DOLLS ENTERTAINED VISITORS TO THE GRAND FINALE OF THE ‘SALUTE TO THE 1940S’ FESTIVITIES IN KENT. HELD ON CHATHAM DOCKLANDS WAS A CELEBRATION OF MUSIC, DANCE AND DRESS FROM THE ERA, THE EVENT WAS VERY WELL ATTENDED AND DREW HUNDREDS OF VISITORS.. LOCAL BUSINESSWOMAN, JAYNE SAYS; IT WAS AS THOUGH WE HAD GONE BACK IN TIME AS THE WHOLE PLACE HAD BEEN TRANSFORMED! THE ATMOSPHERE WAS AMAZING. XANDER LOVED THIS YEARS GOODWOOD REVIVAL, DESCRIBING IT AS THE BIGGEST AND BEST NOSTALGIC RACING EVENT OF THE YEAR! ALTHOUGH OF COURSE THE RACES ARE THE BIG EVENT, DRAWING CELEBRITIES AND CAR ENTHUSIASTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD, THERE ARE OTHER WAYS TO WIN. THROUGHOUT THE DAY BEST DRESSED CONTESTS ARE HELD AND CPMPETITION IS FIERCE! IF YOU’D LIKE TO LEAVE THE MODERN WORLD BEHIND AND ENJOY AN INDULGENT DAY OF VINTAGE, YOU CAN! 2013 TICKETS ARE ON SALE SOON!


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Reader’s Events

MARY BERRY WAS THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN OF THE CAKE AND BAKE SHOW AT EARL’S COURT IN LONDON. THE FIRST EVENT OF ITS KIND IN THE UK, THE SHOW WAS AN INCREDIBLE SUCCESS AND A SECOND EVENT IS RUMOURED TO BE PLANNED FOR MANCHESTER. WE’LL SEE YOU THERE MARY!!

PHOTOGRAPHER TIMOTHY NEESAM OF GUMSHOE PHOTOS, TOOK THIS PIC AT MONTREAL BURLESQUE FEST. KELSIE HAS BEEN ENJOYING THE THREE DAY EVENT SINCE IT BEGAN BACK IN 2009 AND SAYS THAT THE ART OF BURLESQUE IS EXPERIENCING SOMETHING OF A REVIVAL IN CANADA.

ES CANAR’S HIPPY MARKET IN IBIZA HAD A DISTINCTLY VINTAGE FEEL THIS LAST MONTH AS STALL HOLDERS OFFERED VINTAGE AND SECOND HAND ITEMS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. PRICES WERE THERE TO BE HAGGLED AND SOME SHOPPERS EVEN SWAPPED THINGS FOR VINTAGE TREATS.

AS EVER THE NOTTINGHAM VINTAGE FAIR DID NOT DISAPPOINT! WITH EVERYTHING FROM 1940S TEA DRESSES TO 90’S LEVI JEANS, THERE WAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. SARAH SAYS; THERE WERE SOME REALLY INTERESTING THINGS FOR SALE AND THE CAKES WERE TO DIE FOR!

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HALLOWEEN IDEAS TO FRIGHTEN THE NEIGHBOURS

DAWN OF THE DEAD

WITH SOME FAKE BLOOD, AND LIQUID LATEX, ANY OUTFIT CAN BECOME A ZOMBIE COSTUME. ARRIVE EN MASS FOR ADDED EFFECT!

VAMPIRA

VAMPIRA WAS THE ORIGINAL FRIGHT NIGHT ICON,. GET THE LOOK WITH ULTRA RED LIPS AND NAILS AND A LONG BLACK DRESS AND HAIR

VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED

CREEPY CHILDREN!! THIS IDEA IS ONLY REALLY EFFECTIVE IF YOU EMBRACE IT AS A GROUP. BUTTON DOWN OUTFITS, BLONDE WIGS AND THAT EERY EMOTIONLESS EXPRESSION......WIERD.

How To Make Halloween Cupcakes

THESE SCARILY DELICIOUS CAKES ARE EASY TO CREATE & WILL MAKE A STRIKING TREAT ON HALLOWEEN. INGREDIENTS

• • • • • • • BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN

THIS COSTUME IS ALL ABOUT THE HAIR. EITHER PURCHASE A WIG OR INVEST IN SOME SERIOUS HAIRSPRAY! THE WHITE STREAK CAN BE ACHIEVED WITH HAIR MASCARA.

3 medium free range eggs 6 ounce of margarine 6 ounce self raising flour 6 ounce caster sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla essence purple food colouring paste ½ teaspoon baking powder

THIS RECIPE MAKES 12 CUP CAKES.

1. Preheat your oven to 160 2. Combine the margarine, sugar, eggs and vanilla essence. 3. Add the baking powder. 4. Sieve the flour over the mixture and stir in gentle using a metal spoon. 5. Add a little purple food colouring at a time until you achieve your desired colour. 6. We used a silicone cupcake tray, but you could use any cupcake cases.


7. Spoon the mixture into the cases and bake in the centre of the oven for around 15 minutes or until firm to touch. 8. Allow to cool fully before decorating.

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5. 6.

TO DECORATE. INGREDIENTS

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5 Ounces Margerine 12 Ounces of Icing Sugar 1-2 Teaspoons of Milk Green food colouring paste. Ready to roll icing Black food colouring Black edible glitter Green edible glitter Black sprinkles

1. Use a small amount of black food colouring, to colour a ball of ready to roll icing grey. 2. Roll out the icing to approximately 3mm thick and cut into small ‘gravestone’ shapes. We used the arms of gingerbread man cookie cutters(!) but you can use a knife if you like. 3. Allow the ‘gravestones’ to dry. 4. Make up your buttercream by

7. 8.

beating the margarine/butter until soft and pale and then gradually adding icing sugar. Add green food colouring and combine until evenly coloured. Using a piping bag with a large star nozzle, pipe a swirl on the tops of your cakes. The nest way to do this is to pipe one spot on the middle to give the icing height and then begin a swirl from the outside in. That way you get a decent cake to topping ratio (very important! ). Sprinkle with green glitter and push three ‘gravestones’ into the icing. Brush the top of the ‘gravestones’ with water and sprinkle the top of the cake with black glitter and black sprinkles.

EDIBLE GLITTER AND FOOD COLOURING PASTE CAN BE BOUGHT FROM GOOD CAKE DECORATING/CRAFT SHOPS OR ONLINE.

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE WITCHING HOUR? WILL YOU BE TRICK OR TREATING, THROWING A HUGE PARTY OR HIDING BEHIND THE SOFA? WE’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU AND SEE PHOTOS OF ALL YOUR CRAZY ANTICS, SO WHY NOT GET IN TOUCH? WWW.MODERNVINTAGEMAGAZINE.COM


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A MONTH WITH

http://www.akickupthearts.com

THIS IS SUE WE SHAR E A MONT H WITH A KICK UP TH E ART S

Mark & Sarah Bell, the brains and talent behind ‘A Kick up the Arts’


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“DEVON’S BURLESQUE FUNSTERS TURNED BOUTIQUE MASTERS”

A Month With - A Kick up the Arts

For this month’s issue we take a look at Torquays coolest gift shop and studio, and it’s creators Mark & Sarah Bell. Since we first started original and unique in 2007 as Devon’s pieces that could fit burlesque funsters, into their lifestyle and Kinky & Quirky, we have budget. been used to sticking to Having done our time at craft tight deadlines as we fairs, exhibited locally and create and promote sell nationally since 2008 including organizing an exhibition of out monthly burlesque burlesque art in London in events. May of this year the time now Listed in the international industry magazine Burlesque Bible as one of the U.K’s top burlesque nights, we now host our monthly residency at Club Rainbow in Torquay but we also host bigger events in Exeter and Exmouth as well as smaller private parties and workshops so no month is ever the same. The events side of our business has been a great foundation for us to build upon and utilize our individual talents to develop a unique venture here in the South West and it is the combination of artistic creativity, intuitive customer awareness and business savvy that has helped us grow.

We wanted to dispel the myth that art is inaccessible and unaffordable by offering customers the opportunity to buy

seemed right to make a firm commitment to a permanent space.

So Summer 2012 has seen us preparing to open an exciting new vintage & retro inspired boutique in the heart of Torquay’s harbourside right by the statue of South Devon’s most famous resident, Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie. Now just over a month old and filled with colourful lively arts, furniture, jewellery, homeware and repro clothes we are delighted at being referred to as Torquay’s coolest gift shop!


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The store attracts attention before anyone steps though the door; our hand painted double scroll wooden sign with the shop name ‘A Kick Up The Arts’ has already been featured in countless holiday snaps and makes people laugh.

Our customers can see hand painted sugar skulls on dining tables, love hearts and bluebirds on cupboards, paintings of pin up girls in beach huts, vintage book covers in frames, tattoo designs on cushion covers as well as find local foods such as Beast of Dartmoor Chilli Sauces & Chocolates and Mrs G’s Ravishing Relishes, all displayed on recycled and upcycled tables and cabinets or hung on our much talked about book papered walls.

WE USED 23 AGATHA CHRISTIE PAPERBACKS TO CREATE READABLE WALL PAPER! We have always been collectors and scavengers, painting and upholstering neglected and unloved furniture for our own home and friends now it’s great to be able to do this as a business but this is not shabby chic, there is no chalk paint and pastel washes, our pieces are vibrant and bold, aimed at people who want to make a statement.

Once inside it’s a world away from a traditional seaside gift shop more of a homage to a list of eclectic inspirations; circus, classicism, ‘Cabaret’ the movie, 50s Americana, tattoos, the great British seaside, fairgrounds, b-movies, burlesque, the preRaphaelites, art nouveau, 20th century icons, Carry On movies, Mexicana and British eccentricity.


Getting the shop open on time to tie in with local prestigious events has been a challenge as sometimes a piece comes together more slowly than expected but we are so pleased with how we have evolved so far.

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We wanted to have new pieces ready for an annual Agatha Christie Festival that was happening literally outside our door with people traveling from all over the world. It was really satisfying to produce a modern take on classic vintage Christie and her fans loved our prints and the shop’s décor but we did nearly kill off Hercule Poirot with a sample of Chilli Chocolate which would have been interesting!

Things are settling in now which is good as we have lots of things planned for the lead up to Christmas including three big December burlesque shows one of which involves 250 people taking over a hotel for 24 hours – think we may sleep for a week at the end of 2012! Their sell out monthly events are a bit of a phenomena and are far from ‘ordinary’. Expect flesh. Expect titillation. Expect to whoop and whistle and applaud. Expect to belly laugh. Expect to be wowed by the skill and majesty of some performers, and the hilarity of others.

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So if you’re in Torquay, come rain or shine, pop in to A Kick Up the Arts and see Mark and Sarah. They may just have that Autumn surprise you were looking for. If you would like Modern Vintage Magazine to show your vintage month email us at Admin@ModernVintageMagazine.com and tell us why your month is worth it!


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HOW TO WITH LIPSTICK & CURLS L ip st i ck and Curls show us ‘HOW TO’ w it h T he C L AS SIC VINTAGE SET


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The Classic Vintage Set THE CLASSIC VINTAGE SET IS ONE OF OUR MOST LOVED STYLES AND ONE OF THE MOST DESIRED TO REPLICATE. This was made famous throughout the decades from the likes of Veronica Lake, Jayne Mansfield and Lauren Bacall. The set was continued it’s popularity right up until the 1990’s when curling and shaping the hair became less fashionable. It’s only now that we are beginning to see such techniques returning to our beauty regimes.

unmanageable. Always wind under and never use these on wet or damp hair, as they won’t dry your hair, dry hair only with perhaps a light mouse for setting.

Plastic Rollers – Very similar although more time

consuming. Be prepared to allow yourself anything from a couple of hours to a whole day! Hair must be damp and a setting lotion can be applied. If you have a hairdryer hood this will speed up the process. A very effective method of curling.

The classic set is perfect for achieving a great many styles in history from the 1930’s marcel wave to the short tight curls of the – These funny bendy sticks were almost early 1940’s, the 1950’s wave and (waterfall technique) the 1960’s impossible to get unless you hunted them down on ebay at a high flicked bob, the 1970’s Farrah Fawcett style and finally the tighter price. Thankfully Babyliss have relaunched this classic styling tool due long spiraling curls of the 1980’s. to its new popularity and they are now widely available to us all. This is the fastest method of curling in my experience although it can be a bit There are many different ways you can set your tricky. Again dry hair and winding small sections under.

Hot Sticks

hair and so many products now available to us on the market. Most achieve similar results and most women have a preference to which are easier to use.

Heated Rollers – Heated rollers are a quick and easy

option and widely available new and old (I see so many at car boots these day for only a couple of pounds). Try not to choose a barrel that is too large, it is better to achieve a tighter curl and to stretch and brush it out than to start with a loose wave that will be completely

Classic Pin Curl - This is what our starlets would have

used and it I still very effective today. Take a small piece of hair and either tong and pin in place of if on damp hair you can wind hair up and pin and sleep overnight. Most girls find this an easier look to do as a scarf can be worn and the curls easily disguised. When your curls are ready and the rollers removed you then need to brush into shape. Don’t be afraid to brush through, as a good curl will be easy to shape. Keep brushing until you have the desired look then finally spray or pin to hold the style.


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This month brings a whole new collection from pinupzania with a host of amazing photoshoot locations. Since launching in April 2012, they have created some amazing images, with great locations, makeup, hair and models. Please enjoy the top 10 images of last month. Pinupzania specialise in new pin up photography with a vintage/retro flavour. If you would like to contact them about photoshoots, modelling, their images or anything else you can find them at: http://www.pinupzania.com https://www.facebook.com/pinupzania www.twitter.com/pinupzania info@pinupzania.com Their Mission - To bring the beauty of pinup to everyone.

Dakota Hunt

Dolly Donaghue


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Dakota and Dolly

Dakota and Roxy Love

Dakota, Aimie and Dolly

Dolly, Aimie, Tally and Dakota

Cherry


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Victoria Plum

Tally

Naomi Smith

PINUPZANIA.COM


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OUR SEARCH FOR 2 NEW WRITERS HERE ARE MODERN VINTAGE MAGAZINE WE ARE A SMALL BUT COMMITTED TEAM OF VINTAGE LOVERS AND WRITERS AND HAVE FOUND IT INCREASINGLY HARDER TO KEEP UP WITH THE EVENTS, ARTICLES AND PHOTOSHOOTS. THE MAGAZINE HAS HAD A HUGE INCREASE IN FOLLOWERS AND TO KEEP EVERYTHING FRESH WE ARE LOOKING FOR TWO NEW WRITERS TO CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS THE MONTHLY MAGAZINES. ON THE NEXT FEW PAGES ARE THE ARTICLES SENT IN BY THE WRITERS AND THE ONES WITH THE MOST SHARES ON OUR WEBSITE WILL BE GIVEN A TOPIC AND SPACE FOR A FULL ARTICLE IN THE NEXT ISSUE AS A FEATURED WRITER. SIMPLY VISIT MODERNVINTAGEMAGAZINE.COM AND USE THE SEARCH FACILITY TO FIND THEIR ARTICLE AND CLICK LIKE, TWEET OR GOOGLE + 1. COMMENTS ON THE ARTICLE WILL ALSO COUNT AS A VOTE. THE TEAM HERE WILL HAVE THE DECIDING VOTE BETWEEN THE TOP THREE AND THEY WILL BE NOTIFIED BY THE 20TH OF OCTOBER.

*THE ARTICLES HAVE BEEN LEFT AS BASIC AS POSSIBLE TO SHOW OFF THEIR WRITING AND IMAGES.


My extraordinary life by a stylish black wool Susan Small dress Designed by Susan Small, I was manufactured in Britain in the early 1960’s, proud to be produced by such a well known fashion house that was best known for party dresses and evening wear. I was definitely a cut above the rest as I posed in the window in Bazaar one of the trendiest shops on the King Road, competing with Mary Quant and the other dresses alongside me in the window by Laura Phillips and Blanes. Imagine my delight when after a really short time, I was tried on by a delightful young trendsetter from Hampstead, packaged carefully in tissue paper and taken to her home ready for my foray into the exciting life of London. My understated style and expensive trimmings made me the perfect little black dress of the day for formal and stylish functions. I found myself at lunches, art galleries and shopping in other stylish shops in Oxford Street. I didn’t stay long with my first owner, she was far too fashionable to wear the same item more than once, so I was passed on to her sister’s friend, who having married young, was short of cash and happy to accept any designer cast offs. I was much loved here and spent many an hour at parties, dinners and special occasions. Sadly I became out of favour as the dress lengths and styles got longer again in the 70’s and I was relegated to the dressing up box, which was great fun, but a bit uncomfortable at times. I felt a bit shabby and tired and was relieved to be finally packed

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carefully and put in a suitcase. I must have spent several decades in a loft, but emerged unscathed to be unceremoniously dumped at the door of a charity shop in a carrier bag. I was ironed rather badly and hung limply on a rail for a few weeks, before being bought by a lady who thought she was smaller than she was. The zip stubbornly refused to pass over her hips and so I was given away again. I was delighted to find myself hanging alongside other dresses similar to myself at last at a vintage fair. I met up with a Simon Massey number and brushed shoulders with a lovely pale blue satin Kitty Copeland mini dress. It wasn’t long before I was snapped up again and the excitement of being pulled out in a theatrical costume store and realising that possibly my life had only just begun, made me pull my threads in and push my label out – after all there are not many of us original Susan Smalls around these days. Now I have been lovingly refreshed – I smell and look superb. I have been on stage in dramas set in the 50’s, I have been out to parties again and most recently I have been teamed with a Peter Bentley Hat for a vintage special occasion. Vintage is in again and I look forward to being hired by a new set of 21st century stylish women that appreciate a good cut and the quality and history associated with wearing a true British gown.

Many thanks to Ruth Hewitt for her Article. Ruth would describe herself as a theatrical costumier with a store in Newton Longville, Milton Keynes. I hold an unrivalled collection of authentic vintage wear suitable for plays, period dramas, photo shoots and events. I love the quality, fabrics and styles of vintage clothing and accessories and it is with great satisfaction that I can costume a play in the correct clothing for the era making the cast and show look authentically superb.


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A Pinups Journey

When we are born into this world we are given a choice to decide what path we will take and who we will become for the rest of our lives. So many choices, so many wonderful things one can become, but what to choose? We are not born straight into the life style we will one day decide on for ourselves but through time, growth, and change become the the very person we are happy and confident in within ourselves. The pin up industry can be overwhelming and scary. With a style so far from everything else and an even bigger attitude carried with it there is a lot to live up to with the big names already out there. Between the many fan pages popping up and the pin up “like” contests just to have a chance to grace the pages of the pin up magazines we all strive to be in, it can be stressful and hard work to get your one shot. I took the pinup world by the horns and jumped in to make my mark. So far my mark may just be a small scratch but I will continue to work hard and stay confident in myself and make that scratch un healable till the pin up world knows exactly who “The Vintage Doll” is. I was not born with victory rolls, Bettie bangs or red lips. Hard to imagine some would say, but becoming a pinup was a choice I made. The same choice anyone would make in choosing what path to take in life. At a young age I showed strong knowledge in things like fashion and matching outfits as a child. My mother would always say I could match an outfit a mile away from my stroller. As I grew older my interest in fashion and make up grew stronger and I seemed to just have a strong general knowledge on the subject. It’s just what I knew, what I understood and was good at. I was approached in malls about modeling but had no interest. I wanted to be the make up artist or the photographer not the model I was far to shy. I studied things in the modeling industry and gained more knowledge on the subject. At this point in my life I was just a simple and shy girl that loved make up and clothes and had no interest in being in the eye of a camera. Little did I know at the age of sixteen I would discover something so amazing I would never be able to turn it down. After moving to Oklahoma City I met my husband who introduced me to the rockabilly world. I was knocked off my feet by it. I grew up on old movies and stories thanks to my Grandmother, so this older way of living and the

embracing of a time gone by was very interesting and appealing to me. After my first car show I was hooked. I silently studied the culture and life style on the Internet, not yet brave enough to embrace the style myself. I adored the pinup models, so classy and strong in their photos. Not like any of the modeling I had seen or studied before with the straight stern faces and strange fashion styles. Pinup models had bright joyful smiles and strong sexy stares that where so beyond what I had seen. They portrayed women in such a sexy yet classy way I couldn’t help but admire it. Never seeing myself as the sexy model type the pinup world seemed to call my name silently as I admired an supported it from the side lines. After five years and my love of pinup grew, I was now a wife and mother and never in my wildest dream did I think I would have the chance at becoming a pinup myself. Out of fear of being judged and questioned by others over what I loved so much I tried to continue to push it down and ignore it but it was becoming overwhelming. It only took one comment from my husband to make it all happen. He said “Just try, just be brave and try. If you don’t like it stop. But you will never know unless you get brave and try.” That was all it took for me to head straight first into the pinup world. I didn’t really know how much knowledge I truly had about the pinup industry and the life style until it was right in front of me. Seven years of studying has really payed off especially in my photos. Since then I have become a published pin up model with several features among some of the top Facebook pages and websites out for pinups. I have met some of the most amazing people and pin up models and so blessed by them all. Some of them even being the beautiful pin ups I admired on the Internet years before and now I know them. I have also lost several friends that I loved and admired who introduced the style to me. There will always be people who judge you and tell you that you have no right to something, but people will always drag you down due to their own fears of not being able to succeed in their own dreams. I have much more then made up for it with true friends and supporters in many forms. I am far from a professional model, and in no way famous, but with a


growing fan page of some of the most amazing people around, new videos, product promoting and several publishes under my belt I can only see my pin up career that so many told me I had no right to, taking off in an even bigger direction. The best part of this whole journey is getting told I have inspired others to be brave and jump into their own dreams. Rather it’s pin up or something else it joys my heart that by me being brave for one moment to conquer

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something so important to me, others have been able to do the same. It makes this all worth it, it makes it so much more then just pin up modeling. Never be afraid to grab what you love and try no matter who says you shouldn’t. From my beginning to my end in my pin up work wherever it may be, I will enjoy and brace every minute and every photo. Every person, photographer, model and company I am involved with I appreciate so much because they have faith in me. They think I have what it takes and believe I can make it. They help me keep my head high and standards strong to keep myself on track in my own dream. My journey into the pin up world I love so dearly has been so many things. Amazing, exciting, scary, hard, but it has truly helped me discover who I am and to appreciate and love myself. I was born for this. I truly believe that. When your lucky enough to find what you where born for, you don’t ignore it and let it slip away, you grab onto it, wrestle it to the ground and in my case out red lipstick on it. So hold on to your victory rolls because this doll is going to the top, pin up style.

Many thanks to Emily Burch, The Vintage Doll.


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Latest Vintage Magazine Finds

When I go out and about I am always on the lookout for charity shops, antique centres, vintage fairs and quirky little places where I might find some treasure! Most often I look on my own as the people I am with tend not to have the same capacity or desire to sift through piles of ‘junk’ - as they see it! So each to their own, I have a very happy time! In the Lake District a few weeks ago I stumbled across a mini treasure trove. I expected my week to be full of walking, looking at beautiful mountains and trying various tea and cake establishments. All of that happened too, but the randomness of my find added to the delight of finding it! I think I let out a little squeal when I found a pile of Needlewoman magazines from the 1930s and some Needlewoman and Needlecraft magazines from the 1950s. I love old craft magazines for a variety of reasons. Obviously they are a marvellous source of patterns for garments from past eras. Most of them have knitting patterns and I have found some beautiful jumpers and cardigans to put on my list of things to make. I like seeing the ideas for household items; it gives a real sense of what a period home would have looked like. Sometimes I am amazed at the array of embroidered tablecloths, chair backs, table runners, place mats, napkins, stools, firescreens and pictures. I wonder how anyone had time to produce such things. I enjoy the physical feel of something old in my hands. I like to think about the previous owner - what did they make out of it?, what did they wear?, where did they live?, what was their house like?, what have they lived through? I particularly like the connection that is made when the magazine has a surname and address on the back, for a subscription delivery. The following pictures are of the front cover of each of the magazines, starting with the oldest. From these alone I think that you get a real feel for the wealth of needlecraft projects contained within, from embroidery to crochet to tapestry to knitting to cross stitch to applique. These magazines have an interesting background. Needlecraft was first published in 1904 by Manchester School of Embroidery. In October 1907 it had a change of title to Needlecraft Practical Journal. In 1940 this title amalgamated with The Needlewoman magazine. This had been running since 1919 and continued until

1940. At this point the title became Needlewoman and Needlecraft. It changed back to Needlewoman in 1970 and then was incorporated into Stitchcraft magazine in 1977. Throughout all its name changes the magazine continued to feature a huge array of needlecraft patterns, tips and ideas. The magazines also changed size, particularly during the Second World War to account for paper shortages. As well as the glorious patterns for all manner of crafts in my old magazines I also really enjoy looking at the adverts. I could talk about all manner of adverts, those for reducing (in size), tampons (as they developed), custard, shoes or bleach. Perhaps one day I will as they are a fascinating insight into the way people lived, product development and the gradual evolution of ideas and ideals. Because my latest magazine haul was Needlewoman and Needlecraft I want to focus on haberdashery adverts as, obviously, that is the most fitting product to advertise in that type of magazine. Plus, I love haberdashery. It is pretty, it is functional, it is interesting and most of all it is full of potential; just waiting for you to come along, make a choice and produce something gorgeous with it. It is worth taking a look at the Woolworth’s Museum site (random I know), for its 1950s haberdashery displays http://www.woolworthsmuseum.co.uk/1950s-iwoolhaby.htm . Woolworths stores all had a large haberdashery department selling buttons, wool, knitting and sewing patterns. The site has pictures of these plus pictures of store windows showing a display for wool week or for making do and mending. I realised that I have had my own small connection to haberdashery for many years as I went to school in London at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham Girl’s School. It was the longest name of a school in the country at the time but it has changed name now. Whilst it sounds ever so posh it wasn’t at all, the name is due to the founder of the school, a Robert Aske, who was a Haberdasher. In 1689 he died and left £20,000 to the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers (of which he was a member), to buy land and build a school. The Haberdashers were founded in medieval times by a group of traders who all lived in the same place in London and all worshipped at St. Paul’s Cathedral. They sold ribbons, pins, gloves, purses and beads and were joined by the hat makers in 1502.


They were like the trading standards of the day in charge of checking quality, training apprentices and setting wages amongst other things.

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They controlled the haberdashery trade in London until 1650 when the population of London grew too large for it to be practical. They now exist as a City of London Livery Company and concentrate on education and charity work.

Many thanks to Katie Ashwood. When asked about herself and love of vintage she replied: I think this started as a teenager when I used to buy vintage clothes from jumble sales and take them home and customise them. The love of vintage clothes has stayed, I like the elegance, the cut and fit, the fabrics, the quality and the attention to detail. I enjoy the glamour, the hairstyles, the make up and the accessorising. From this came a desire to make my own garments to vintage patterns, particularly from 1940s and 1950s. I love to knit. It makes me happy and relaxed. I love starting with a gorgeous ball of yarn and ending up with a beautiful garment. A while ago I realised that I could combine both these loves into one fabulous, enjoyable, exciting experience. I decided to make good use of my collection of vintage knitting patterns and started to make up the garments.


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Get the 40s Look

The war had a huge effect on fashion in the 40′s. Clothes were in short supply and rationed. People were encourage to “make do and mend”. Women used eyebrow pencils to draw a line up the back of each leg to give the look of wearing stockings. Due to rations stockings were in short supply.

As tea dresses were very fashionable, this pink flowery modern tea dress seemed the perfect match, although in the 40′s hem lines weren’t quite this high!

Women’s hem lines were higher and shoes were usually sensible heels. Padded shoulders, hats and tea dresses were very popular.

In the 40′s “natural beauties” we’re an ideal. Make up was simple with face powder to cover blemishes and a slight tint of blush for a natural glow. Eyeliner and mascara were kept to a minimum but lipstick was very fashionable, especially bright red lipstick.

How to get a 40′s Inspired look with a modern twist Although full vintage outfits are great sometimes they can seem a bit daunting, especially to first time wearers. We decided to give you a run down starting with the 40′s on how to get the look with a modern twist!

Many thanks to Peta for her article. Peta is starting up her own vintage business and has a vintage blog. She says “What started off as just a hobby has taken over my life and I love writing posts and articles on anything vintage.”

Hair was either wavy or straight with curled ends and a twisted quiff on top proved very popular.

As you can see from the photos we have used a gorgeous vintage milk glass beaded necklace, lovely vintage clip on big faux pearl earrings and a stunning vintage cream bangle to give the finishing touches to this outfit. All of these are available for sale at Peta’s Vintage Boutique.


Vintage on a Budget There’s no doubt about it, we’re a vintage loving nation. And at Modern Vintage Magazine we’re no exception. Here we love all things vintage, from furniture to frocks and parties to pearls we just can’t get enough of it. But as much as we’d love to, not all of us can afford the real deal (one day Chanel, one day) and so below I have put together for you a guide of how to do vintage- but on a budget. Shopping-The best way to get your hands on a brand new outfit. But I’m not talking about that kind of shopping; I’m talking about something completely different. Let me introduce you to the world of ‘swhopping’. Never heard of this before? Well let me enlighten you. Swhopping is the ideal (may I also add free) way of treating yourself to a brand new vintage outfit or accessory that no-one else will have. It’s simple. All you need is; a few friends, a few items of clothing each, a few bottles of wine and you’re ready to go. Step 1. Pour yourself a (large) drink. Step 2. Swhop your clothes. Step 3. Re-fill your glass and enjoy your new outfit. What are you waiting for, send out of those invites now. Forget diamonds, pearls are a girl’s best friend when it comes to vintage jewellery. They add effortless glamour and elegance to any outfit and no-one would ever know they cost just £5 from the market down the road. This really is the one piece of vintage jewellery you shouldn’t be seen without. Add a slick of red lipstick and you’re ready for anything. Play host for the day and invite friends round for a tea party- with a twist. ‘How to host a grown up’s tea party’. Swap the tea for wine and the cake for… well we’ll stick with the cake I think. Here’s a list of the things you’ll need; Wine or whatever your preferred tipple is. Cups and saucers- for the wine/vodka/whiskey Cake Compulsory pearl necklace More cake You’re pretty much done here so let the party commence. Oh and one more thing, to add even more of a vintage vibe ask your guests to dress up as their favourite film star. If that isn’t glamour for you then I don’t know what else is.

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Accessorize. Mix it up a little bit. Who said ashtrays need to be for ash, convert them into sugar bowls for your tea or perhaps use them as somewhere to keep your earrings. Vintage isn’t about having everything the same so clash some of your furniture to put your own unique spin on it. What is life without a bit of spice eh? That old patchwork quilt, that’ll do just nicely thank you. If what you’re really after is a vintage feel to your home then the first thing to do is head to your nearest charity shops. There you’ll find unique, one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture that you won’t find in any of the high street furniture stores. Better than this are the vintage boutiques dotted all around the country. You’ll travel through the decades as you discover hundreds of treasures hidden inside waiting to be found. But the best thing about all of this is how cheap you can pick something up. Most items don’t usually have a set price so you can try and haggle for an even better bargain. Once the deals done, place your new item somewhere in your home where everyone can admire it. So there you have it, your one-stop guide to vintage: on a budget. The key thing to remember is that when it comes to vintage nothing has to be perfect. So what if your new table has a few chunks knocked out of it, that’s what vintage is all about. It’s nostalgic, unique, and I bet that whoever it was who knocked your new table was too busy enjoying themselves to worry about it.

Many thanks to Sophie Stamp. When asked about her love of vintage and writing she replied: I love to write you see and just had to apply when I saw your post. The fact that this is a permanent opportunity as well as creative really inspired me to apply as all I want to do is write and bring a little joy to whoever reads it. This is a great opportunity for me as it will allow me to bring out my creative, glamorous side which will reflect throughout my articles. Having only been introduced to the ‘vintage’ scene a couple of years ago by a friend I would say that there is porobably still a lot for me to learn however I love learning new things so I see this as fun, not a challenge. I love all things quirky and can’t leave the house without wearing a slick of red lipstick so I definitely have a vintage streak within!


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Fifty Shades of Great

On a brilliantly sunny September day we headed down to Goodwood Revival. Not quite knowing what to expect, my day was made within half an hour of arriving. Enjoying a glass of bubbly for breakfast, Jane, our Forties sophisti-cat, and I, were approached by a suspicious looking gent with a small brown suitcase. He sidled over to us and after flashing us a pair of stockings from the corner of his case it didn’t take long to work out he was the local spiv. After questioning us about the reliability of our time pieces, he opened his jacket to reveal a selection of ladies watches, we convinced him that any respectable lady doesn’t carry cash and to come back later when our husbands might be more amenable. I spent most of the morning mooching around awestruck! The vintage cars were nothing short of amazing and the outfits from the Forties through to the Sixties were inspired. It really did feel like stepping back in time. After watching some racing around the track, discovering the French cafe that had been bombed during the war and complimenting just about every person we saw, we decided a trip to the Veuve Clicquot marquee was in order. Anyone for cricket? A gaggle of young chaps were in their cricket whites playing a remarkably action packed match with no ball – inspired!

Many thanks to Carrie-Ann Wade Williams When asked to describe herself and love of vintage, Carrie replied: I am a vintage loving 30 year old with a passion for Art Deco and the 50s/ 60s in particular. I love trying to tie in vintage fashion and lifestyle with my everyday life. I have a blog and twitter feed dedicated to vintage (T: deco_dence) I currently attend vintage events, seek out stores etc. in London, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire. I can easily travel to Northamptonshire and Birmingham.

As we waited to be served a dance lesson was just beginning on the dance floor. The husband and I took a short jive lesson and also learned the basics of the Fifties Stroll with Paul and Natasha from the Swing Time Dance Company. The dancing was great fun and it was fabulous to see everyone in their vintage finery trying out a few moves. The rest of the day whizzed by in a haze of car fumes, air displays, beautiful dresses and military uniforms. We all had the most glorious day and are already looking forward to next year. Chin-chin!


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The life behind the Pinup - Coco Fierce IN TODAY’S IMAGE CONSCIOUS MEDIA SATURATED SOCIETY EVERYONE SEEMS TO BE LUMBERED INTO CERTAIN CATEGORIES WHEN IT COMES TO THEIR STYLE, MUSIC TASTE, JOB AND PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING ELSE; FOR EXAMPLE IF YOU WORK IN AN OFFICE SELLING INSURANCE YOU CAN’T BE A FULL ON PUNK OR IF YOU’RE A GAY MAN YOU CAN’T LOVE HEAVY METAL MUSIC. It appears to have something to do with the way we like to label people and stick them in a certain category or box so we know who or what they are, much like separating a pair of converse from a pair of hooker heels. However we aren’t an item of clothing, everyone is different, and lets be honest we all know who we are on the outside may be different to what’s on the inside, people actually do have layers. But every now and again you meet one of those rare people who break out of the box and mix two things together as if they’re slapping mayonnaise on toast, and no one bats an eyelid, let alone try and Sellotape them into a categorised box.

ENTER HAILI, A MOTHER, WIFE, TEACHER, FORMER JOURNALIST AND ALTERNATIVE MODEL LIVING THE ROCKABILLY LIFESTYLE WHILST STILL MAINTAINING A SUBURBAN LIFE. As she explains, her everyday life is the same as any working mother’s with a slight edge to it, if only in the way she dresses: “My life is like a whirlwind like most working Mothers. I get up and dress my son Hendrix Ramone and drop him off at school on my way to school. On an average day at school I will wear a 50s dress or pencil skirt with bright coloured tights with a pair of iron fist or irregular choice shoes. I make no attempt to hide my tattoos at all! I’m renown in school for my clothes and the kids are always asking me to wear my quirky jewellery like eyeball and lego rings. My hair colour is always changing too.

School is the same as most people probably remember it lessons, break, lunch and then home time. I teach every single year at school so no school day is ever the same. After school there is usually meetings, detentions and I run a student newspaper so that keeps me busy. I leave school at about 5 and head to pick up my son and then go home and prepare dinner. We don’t eat any frozen food and cook everything from scratch so we eat dinner fairly late and then once Hendrix goes to bed I’ll do school work or Chase up modelling stuff.” You may think that once the weekend starts she may let loose and go crazy, which some may consider her to do by her quirky and unique dress sense coupled with her tattoos. But as Haili explained to me her weekends and spare time are spent like anyone else, with friends, family and enjoy things she loves, she explains: “At weekends I go to rockabilly meet ups and I’m always busy doing photoshoots and catching up with friends and spending time with my husband. I am literally obsessed with clothes and love looking for bargains in charity shops. I also enjoy going out for lunch and having afternoon tea with my husband and son. I love 50s rock n roll and metal music and enjoy going out to gigs when I get the chance. Reading is how I relax and I devour at least a novel a week. There’s nothing better than relaxing in a hot bath.” As I mentioned earlier whilst still living this down to earth suburban life with a twist, Haili embraces her love of the rockabilly lifestyle. You may wonder what rockabilly is? Well it has roots stemming back to the American Deep South in the early to mid 50s before waning slightly in the 1960s, but after a revival in the late 70s to early 80s rockabilly has managed to stick around to the present day in a type of subculture, with a few alterations along the way. Haili explained to me what it was about the rockabilly life style that she loved so much; “I first came across rockabilly when I was at Uni about 10 years ago. It was the 50s American ideal I was attracted to; the diners, drive-thrus and jiving. I have a classic 50s hourglass shape so the clothes just suit me. I started to buy them really cheaply, they were called “second hand” then and no one wanted them. Now they’re “vintage” and the price has gone through the roof.” She added: “I think what attracts me to it is the elegance of the clothing and the music just makes you want to dance. I can’t imagine being the way that some girls are


today; drinking till they puke or fall over, scraped back hair, trackies, chipped nail varnish; rank. People like Marilyn Monroe were so effortless. She had her issues but at the time the public had no idea. There’s something very dignified about that. Now it’s all too open, there’s nothing left to the imagination.” It is this rockabilly lifestyle, along with the fashion that Haili loves so much about it that gained her her current second job as an alternative model, where she goes by the name of Coco Fierce, she explained: “I chose Coco Fierce as I think it embodies my personality. The Coco is after Coco Chanel, who was not only an incredible driven woman, but she also represents the 50s glamour that makes up my style. The Fierce shows the other side of my personality; the psychobilly side that loves zombies, skulls and vampires and anything B Movie related.” Admittedly Haili explains that people may find her alternative yet suburban lifestyle a little different: “I think what most people find strange about me being rockabilly and a teacher is the way I look and the tattoos as it’s not something you see very often. Tattoos are becoming quite mainstream in that there are lots of Cheryl Cole clones out there with little hand tattoos. But tattoos to my extent are still quite rare. Anyone you do see with them is usually an

tattoo artist, alternative model or musician.”

AND AS SHE ADMITS, “I DON’T REALLY KNOW ANYONE ELSE WHO HOLDS DOWN AS SUBURBAN A JOB AS ME AND LOOKS LIKE ME. IT WOULD BE INTERESTING TO FIND OUT.” But luckily for Haili she hasn’t found her alternative style or image going hand in hand with her job difficult, saying: “I haven’t found it difficult at all but who knows what it would be like if I applied for another job. It’s hard to balance teaching and modelling, as a lot of the paid work is in fetish or latex so that is a no no for me, as it would not be appropriate.” So here we have it proof that we don’t need to be labeled or categorised and shoved into specific social circles because of what we are perceived to be. We don’t need to be boxed in, as human beings it is our right to express ourselves and be the people who we want to be, or more importantly need to be, and Haili is living proof that we can do this. If only there were more people like her.

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BOOK REVIEW - THE ART OF CLAUDIA HEK

THE ART OF CLAUDIA HEK FROM KINTARO PUBLISHING COMES ‘THE ART OF CLAUDIA HEK. A SELF-TAUGHT ARTIST FROM HOLLAND, HEK HAS COMPILED SOME OF HER BEST WORK FROM THE LAST FEW YEARS. Claudia Hek, is an Amsterdam based self taught artist, has been heavily influenced by Americana and symbolism from the rock ‘n roll and tattoo scene. With only a short biographical introduction, this book is just filled with page after page of exquisite images. Inspired by Americana and tattoo art, Hek’s work is powerful to say the least. Though some of her creations, in particular ‘Nuns’ and ‘Lust’ are a little risqué, it is her talent that is most

striking. With mostly indian ink and photoshop, these creations are a joy to see as they portray various levels of risqué, so there will be art for everyone. Hek’s work leans heavily towards tattoo art, with skulls, flowers and ladies who blur the lines between 1950s pin-ups and traditional gypsy characters. Recently she has begun a crucifix project, each uniquely decorated cross is a work of art in itself, but en mass they are really very special. This is a great book for those who enjoy both traditional and contemporary tattoo art. Hek has taken the best of the past and presented it in a new way using modern tecniques.


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