Issue IV May 2014
The BIG Wedding Issue
Rockabilly Weddings Dress, decor & more ...plus how one bride did it for just
$11K The Classic Hudson
PICNIC perfect Pedal Power
Celebrating the bicycle s heyday
Issue IV May 2014
81 The look of yesterday... with today’s convenience
73 The Big American Bicycle Boom
5 Meet the Commodore FEATURES
42 Rockabilly Wedding Guide
For the Love of the Hudson Get to know a legend: the classic 1946 Hudson Commodore
A-Tisket A-Tasket Throw the perfect vintage picnic – terrific tips, retro recipes and more
Wedding Special: Rockabilly Inspired ideas – everything from dresses to décor to destinations 43! Rockabilly Planning Guide 51 Destination: Honeymoon 57 A Rockabilly Wedding for $11K 61 A Groom’s Perspective
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It's that time of year. Prom season is in full swing. And many a blushing bride is getting set to walk down the aisle next month. This issue of VintageVille celebrates these special occasions…with a vintage twist, of course. Check out Prom Night done in true 80s style on page 87. You’re invited to our biggest wedding issue yet – with a special focus on rockabilly. It’s full inspirations, fashions and moneysavings tips, plus an all-special groom’s perspective. Get reading on page 42. Until next time,
Emily Lux, Editor
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By Lee Powell
This 1946 gentleman’s classic returns to its glory days There is something head-turningly spectacular about classic American cars. You know the sort I mean – bigger-than-a-boat, gas-guzzling beauties that were manufactured from the mid 1940s through to the mid 70s. Whether it be a classic 50s Cadillac or a 70s muscle car like the Mustang, each one oozes pure class and a “wow factor” that’s hard to ignore, even if you’re not a classic car enthusiast. For many, though, nothing beats the allure – and the curves! – of the cars of the 40s and 50s. Shape, size, appearance: they combine in uniquely exquisite balance. Just stand next to one of these splendid specimens, and you'll understand the way audiences of the day reacted to film stars like Marilyn Monroe. It's a seductive combination of star power…and pure sex appeal. Photography: Claire Powell
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Found on every rockabilly’s want list, these cars – now the epitome of coolness – were once ordinary family runabouts. They were manufactured in great abundance and driven by millions. And during the prosperous post-war years, as times and styles changed, they were replaced by newer, more fashionable designs, and left to rust in thousands of junkyards and auto graveyards. Thankfully, things have changed. Over the last few years, the interest in the rockabilly and retro scenes has grown so dramatically – and so has the interest in these cars. Today they’re glamorous celebrities, taking the spotlight at vintage fairs, tattoo conventions and the like. These classics of yesteryear owe their survival to automotive hobbyists and rockabilly enthusiasts who have spent many an hour painstakingly restoring these stunning vehicles to their former beauty (no easy task!). As you can imagine, these cars are very few and far between…so you can’t just pop to a carparts store and pick up the piece you need. Each item has to be scrupulously sourced – often from overseas – or meticulously fabricated. The restoration of each car is a true labor of love; and seeing one completely restored, you can instantly see that all of the hard work is well worth it. There is no denying it: these cars truly are magnificent, and it’s easy to see why they have become so sought after…and why their fan base continues to grow at an unparalleled rate. This Hudson Commodore 6 Sedan is owned by Sarah White and Bob Smith, who live in the picturesque Forest of Dean area of Gloucestershire, a county nestled in the South West corner of England. It’s a stunning example of a legendary classic that has been carefully restored to its former splendor. Built in Detroit in 1946, the Commodore was the top end of the Hudson models that rolled oﬀ the production line between 1941 and 1952 – a period when the company was still independent, relying on innovative engineering and styling to do battle with the “Big Three” carmakers. Hudson produced the Commodore in relatively small numbers, making it rather a sought-after model in the classic car genre. The car was originally delivered to its first owner in January of 1946. It spent its early life in the Midwestern United States, before being purchased by a new Florida owner in 1963. That gentleman used
Bob Smith with his restored 1946 Hudson Commodore 6 sedan.
it as his ‘everyday’ car before moving to England in 2010...and finally retiring from the driving seat due to ill health. Bob and Sarah bought the car in 2013, and use it today for both pleasure and business. Even in the States, classic U.S. cars are relatively rare. However, as one travels further afield these cars become even scarcer, as they weren’t (and still aren’t) the easiest items to transport around the world. While there has been an increase in the number of classic 50s U.S. cars in the UK, they’re still far from plentiful. As far as we can gather, only 4 other Hudson Commodores similar to this one are currently residing in the UK. Traveling to meet the couple – and of course their fabulous car – was a much-anticipated, long-deferred journey. The visit had been re-scheduled more than a few times, due to the ridiculously wet and stormy weather that had battered the UK (and in particular
South West) for the winter months. But on the appointed spring morning, the sun shone brightly… and we set oﬀ. The first thing to strike you about the Commodore 6 Sedan is its size and stature, coupled with the voluptuously feminine curves accentuated by the sparkling deep metallic blue paintwork. The restoration of both exterior and interior – from the huge front and rear blue-upholstered bucket seats to the matching carpets, from the pale turquoise roof lining to the deep red dashboard, from the white wall tires to the bright red wheels – amply demonstrated not only the dedication of the owners, but also their great sense of pride in ownership. We could have stood and stared at the car for an age, becoming all but lost in its charms, but that would have been just rude to its owners. So instead we posed some questions to Bob.
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Interview Was the Commodore 6 a car you specifically wanted? “I wanted any ridiculously big old Yank but we narrowed it down to finding a 40s or 50s car. It had to be a 4 door, and once we started looking we found we really liked the 40s era styling. Then she appeared in an advert.” How hard was it to source the car? “Week upon week and month on month of going through hundreds of adverts on the Internet, eBay and car magazines; looking at other cars and rejecting them for one reason or another – it was diﬃcult and time-consuming.” How easy is it to source parts for the car? Have you had to do much work on the car since you got her? “Many parts, believe it or not, are easy enough to find on the Internet – almost always in the U.S., but they are relatively cheap. Wear components, such as brake shoes, hoses, brake-lines, steering bits and such can be found. The great thing about a car of that age is everything on her was designed to be rebuilt and mended rather than thrown away and a new part purchased. Certain things would be very diﬃcult to find for her though, such as body panels – so you have to try very, very hard not to have a prang (crash) in her! We’ve done a staggering amount of work on her. When we first got her we thought ‘Oh this won’t take long!’ But basically she’d been neglected over the years, so there was a never-ending ‘to do’ list that seemed to grow every time I looked at her.” Do you plan on purchasing any more vintage U.S. cars? “Yes! The biggest problem we have is space to store them but I definitely have a ‘wish’ list. My daughter lives in California and I was over there visiting her last year. We went to a classic car show and that list got extended quite dramatically. Cars of the classic 40s/50s era, and a lot of the 60s ones too, are really so stylish it’s impossible to say ‘No I don’t want any more.’ Well it is for me! But I couldn’t say what I’ll get next, it really depends on what comes along at the right price at the right time.” What sort of reaction do you get from people when they see you out driving the Hudson? “They love her! Most folk have never heard of a Hudson, but lots of kids know it from the ‘Cars’ film. I don’t like to tell them ours is a Commodore, not a Hornet*! She is a real
head turner and until you have ridden in a car like this you can’t understand what it’s actually like; to know that all the folk on the sides of a road are turning to watch you go by, usually mouthing ‘Wow! What’s that?’ It’s an amazing feeling.” Why do you think there is such a huge interest in vintage U.S. cars at the moment? “I don’t know about the rest of the country, but for myself and Sarah it’s simply because cars of a certain vintage have such a beautiful style. Riding in our Hudson you can almost fool yourself you are in a gentler age. Plus financially, they are a good investment too! They look good, they’re great fun to drive around in, they’re relatively easy to work on and maintain and they don’t lose money like a modern car does! Buy a modern car today for 20 grand and if you’re lucky it might be worth 2 grand in 10 years’ time. Buy a big old Yank car today and if you look after her properly she’ll be worth at the very least the same as you paid for her in a few years’ time – if not a good few thousand more. There is no ‘modern car’ that you can say that of.” Did you initially purchase the car for pleasure or just for business? “Well, being honest, pleasure. But we also hoped she’d be able to earn a few quid (pounds) to keep herself. But even if she doesn’t earn a red cent she isn’t going anywhere now!” Can you tell us about your business ‘Little Miss Vintage Cars’? “We set the business up basically to try and get the Hudson to earn her own living, and it’s gone really busy so quickly we’re knocked out by it. We’ve always been into old Land Rovers. We’ve got a few really nice old ones, and we realised there was a niche in the wedding game for them as well. We’re getting interest all the time so fingers crossed things are looking good!” With the growing popularity of the rockabilly and classic U.S. car scenes, and their increasing crosspollination, the future looks bright for these amazing automobiles. There’s no doubt that more and more of them will be restored back to their former glory…and have the chance to show oﬀ to a whole new, adoring audience. Right: Hudson owners Sarah White and Bob Smith.
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With greater popularity comes a higher price tag, and the prices charged for these cars is unsurprisingly on the up. For those who are mechanically minded, however, an unrestored example will always be cheaper than a fully refurbished model. And every once in a while an unsuspecting seller will oﬀer a rundown specimen at a bargain price. If you’re especially lucky, you may even discover an original survivor rotting away in a garage or lock-up – like this Dodge Coronet discovered by William Lewis while working on power lines in Virginia (see photo above). So keep your eyes peeled! You never know
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where you might unexpectedly find the rusting skeleton of one of these long-lost beauties. I’d like to thank Sarah and Bob for taking time out of their schedule to let us visit, see the car and ask a few questions. I’d also like to wish them all of the very best for their ‘Little Miss Vintage Cars’ business –as well their forthcoming wedding later this year.
*Editor’s Note: “Doc Hudson,” one of the stars of the 2006 animated film Cars, was based on the 1951 Hornet – another of Hudson’s iconic postwar models. Above: The discovered Dodge Coronet. Photo – William Lewis. Used with permission. Right: Lee Powell and the Hudson Commodore.
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Our featured Take 2: Easy Rider Quite possibly the quintessential 1960s counterculture movie. It centers on two hippie bikers: Wyatt, AKA "Captain America" (played by Peter Fonda) and his buddy Billy (played by Dennis Hopper). They're on a long, crazy road trip, heading down to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and the journey is an eventful one. Along the way they endure insults from some local rednecks, meet a few fellow dreamers, spend a little time in jail…and, in the process, help to create an indelible, enduring portrait of a nation at a crossroads.
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"Picnic." It's one of those odd little words. It sneaks into the English language (from the French) right around 1800, but nobody seems to be sure how the French came up with it in the first place.
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One thing is for sure, though: it has a lighthearted, playful spirit. It just sounds like fun. And that's as it should be, because that's
what picnics are all about: fun. It happens automatically, on that first warm, sunny day; we start thinking about taking our meals on the road, turning them into moveable feasts. It's magical: those sandwiches and sides taste different – better! – when we're sprawled on a blanket under the trees. There's something else going on, too. Picnics are inherently, essentially nostalgic. Sure, we may bring along our smartphones and bluetooth speakers. But the picnic experience is so fundamentally timeless – enjoying good food with family and friends, in a beautiful outdoor setting – that the thought of having a "vintage" picnic seems completely natural. And one of the nicest things about the vintage picnicking idea is how open-ended it is. You can go super-elaborate or supersimple. If your notion of a vintage picnic requires 1950s outfits, music and a restored "canned ham" camper…go for it. If you prefer a neo-Victorian outing on a broad expanse of manicured lawn, with a fitted wicker basket, crystal glasses and fine china plates…why not? And if your picnic doesn't take you any further than your own back yard, for a classic mid-century hot-dog&-hamburger family cookout…well, that's cool too. (Candidly, we tend to favor the simpler, more laid-back style ourselves.) Now that spring is in full swing (for most of us, anyway), we thought it might be fun to gather a few vintage picnic suggestions. You'll find easy tips to make your picnic more festive, fun…and period-perfect. An entertaining look at picnic menus from decades past. And recipes, too – every one an updated classic – to give your own menu a little extra pizazz.
What’s on the Menu As far back as 1912, old folks were already fondly looking back on the charms of the "old-fashioned" picnic. A good two dozen young men and ladies would ride to the chosen spot on a "picnic wagon"…not one of those new-fangled trolley cars, nossir. The clothes and the conveyances may have changed, but many of the picnic staples we enjoy today were already on the menu: cold fried chicken, potato chips (more likely to be known, back then, as "Saratoga Chips"), potato salad, peanut butter sandwiches, cake and ice cream. Some of the other early 20th-century menu items, however, may strike us as slightly unusual. Fishballs, potted rabbit, pigs' feet, something called "bewitched veal" (which seems to have been a kind of meat loaf) and baked bean sandwiches? We'll take the baked beans, thanks – minus the bread – and pass on the rest. If you were invited to a 1920s picnic, the menu wouldn't seem terribly unfamiliar. Who could object to cold broiled chicken, potato salad, Boston baked beans, sliced tomatoes, pickles, apple pie and peach ice cream? By the middle of the decade, the all-American hot dog – described as a "hot dog sandwich" – was showing up as well. The 1930s may have been a Great Depression decade, but some of the surviving picnic menus feature alarmingly ritzy dishes. English mutton chops, broiled Porterhouse steak, lobster Newburg and hot beef bouillon for a seaside picnic…really? Then again, a few modern staples were also beginning to appear, including cole slaw (inexplicably spelled "cold slaw"). 1940s menus for "bonfire dinners" sound mighty tasty today, spotlighting hot dogs and "Hamburg steaks" along with corn on the cob, pan-fried potatoes and macaroni and cheese. (We're not quite as enthusiastic about the olive and tongue sandwiches that were popular picnic picks during this decade, though.) We think of the 1950s and 1960s as the pinnacle of picnicking. A simple "cold" menu might include a variety of sandwiches, deviled eggs and cold fried chicken (some things never change!). A "cookout" style menu, on the other hand, might feature main dishes that are still favorites today: hamburgers, hot dogs, spare ribs or kabobs, accompanied by roasted corn, potato salad, mixed green salad, chocolate cake, pie, cookies and watermelon. (Yum.)
Ideas for Your Vintage Picnic
It must have been a law back in the 1950s: you couldn't have a picnic without a plaid-patterned insulated "Skotch" cooler, from the Hamilton Metal Products Co. Vintage examples are easy to find (think eBay or a neighborhood yard sale). 1950s Skotch Kooler And while they're $52 Stone Soupology decidedly decorative, they're also perfectly practical, keeping food fresh and cold just as they did half a century ago. Bring one along on your next outing, and presto! Instant nostalgia.
We fully understand the appeal of paper plates. They're convenient, unbreakable and clean-up-free. But if you'd prefer picnic tableware with a little vintage flair, you don't have to abandon practicality altogether. Skip the beautiful-but-fragile china, and opt instead for melamine. This modern-miracle material was all the rage in the 50s and 60s, and for good reason: it's lightweight, durable and colorful, with a great mid-century vibe. Melamine dinnerware turns up regularly at yard sales, estate sales and thrift shops – if you can't find a full set, put together a mix-and-match assortment of colors and shapes.
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Planning a picnic for two? Why not try a vintage train case as a stand-in for the traditional picnic basket? It's a secure, sturdy, stylish alternative. Older vintage cases can be pricey, but the more recent Samsonite-type models – better suited to picnic duty, anyway – can often be found at reasonable prices.
1960s American Tourister Train Case $35 Peace Traveler
Picnicking is a multi-sensory experience, so don't forget the soundtrack. Put together a vintage playlist on your iPod, bring along a wireless speaker…and you'll have a thoroughly modern update on the portable transistor radio of yesteryear. For extra fun, download a few vintage commercials (you can find them on YouTube, among other places) and mix them in with the tunes.
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Some things never change; we're pretty confident the very first picnic – lost in the mists of time – had a few mosquitos as uninvited guests. Nowadays there are plenty of high-tech ways to keep these pests away, but this is one place you can go "old school" without compromising effectiveness. The good old citronella candle still does the job marvelously, adding a little retro touch in the process.
No, dressing in vintage style won't make the food taste better. But putting on a vintage or vintage-inspired outfit – appropriate to the chosen time period, of course – can really enhance the experience.
We're great fans of the traditional picnic beverages: real brewed iced tea or lemonade. That said, if you're located in the USA, and if you'd like to offer something a little different, you might consider icing up a few bottles of Mexican Coca-Cola – not officially imported into the United States, but widely available nonetheless. Unlike the standard American Coke, the Mexican version omits the high-fructose corn syrup in favor of cane sugar. That makes for a snappier cola taste, much closer to the taste of old-time Coca-Cola – perfect for a vintage-loving crowd.
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A picnic is much more than food, drink and a blanket. If the setting is appropriate and the guests are agreeable, adding some classic outdoor games can really amp up the fun – and the vintage feel. If you're looking for something truly old-fashioned, how about an egg-and-spoon race? (Make the eggs hard-boiled – less mess, and competitors who drop them can pick them up and get back in the action.) Burlap feed sacks aren't as commonplace as they used to be, but if you want to put on a sack race, you can make do with an old pillowcase. On a hot summer day, a pitched water-pistol battle can be fun (and refreshing) for grown-ups and kids alike. Seeking something more sedentary? Bring along the checkerboard.
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Picnic-Perfect Recipes Classic Potato Salad
Super-Simple Cucumber Salad
Everybody seems to have a favorite potato salad recipe. This one, adapted from several 1940s recipes, happens to be ours. It's a lively mix of flavors and textures – almost good enough to upstage the hamburgers and hot dogs!
This is a year-round standby in our house – a snap to make, delicious and versatile, with a wonderful sweet-and-sour flavor. Freshly made, it's light and fresh; give it another day in the fridge, and it's zippier and more "pickle-ish." Quick tip: try a mandoline to slice the cucumbers and onions.
INGREDIENTS 4 cups cut-‐up red-‐skin or new potatoes, unpeeled, cooked 1 small-‐medium yellow onion, diced 1 cup diced celery 1/2 cup chopped dill or sweet pickles, plus 1-‐2 tbs. pickle liquid 2 tbs. mustard (brown or yellow, your choice) 5 hard-‐cooked eggs, sliced or cut up Mayonnaise suﬃcient to bind (start with 1 cup and go from there) Salt and pepper to taste A few dashes cayenne hot sauce, to taste PREPARATION 1. Mix potatoes, onion and celery in a large bowl. 2. Add mayonnaise, mustard and hot sauce; mix. 3. Add pickles and pickle liquid; mix. 4. Add eggs and stir together gently; the eggs will break up a bit. 5. Taste and adjust seasoning, adding salt and pepper as needed. (Remember that the seasoning level will "mute" somewhat after chilling.) 6. Cover and chill well before serving. Yield: 4 generous (6 smaller) servings.
INGREDIENTS 4 large cucumbers, peeled and cut into 1/4" slices 1 medium white or yellow onion, halved and cut into thin slices 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar 3-‐4 tsp. sugar, to taste A generous pinch of salt PREPARATION 1. Mix cucumber and onion slices in a large non-‐reactive bowl. 2. Pour vinegar into a microwave-‐safe measuring cup. Microwave on high for 1 minute, just until small bubbles form. 3. Stir sugar into the hot vinegar until it dissolves, starting with the smaller quantity. Taste and add more, depending on the sweetness level you prefer. Be careful – don't breathe in the hot vinegar fumes! 4. Stir salt into vinegar mixture, then pour over cucumber-‐ onion mixture. Stir well. 5. Cover and chill well in refrigerator, stirring occasionally to distribute ingredients evenly. The salad can be served immediately upon chilling, or held for a day or two to allow the cucumbers to absorb more of the vinegar. Yield: 4 generous (6 smaller) servings.
Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake There are dozens of recipes for this classic. Fruit and whipped cream are constants, but when it comes to the baked component, you've got lots of choices…from pound cake to angel food cake, and everything in between. We're fans of the traditional biscuit-based shortcake, like this old-time version. This biscuit recipe replaces butter with cream, for extra tenderness – and adds a hint of vanilla. Perfect for dessert! INGREDIENTS Biscuits: 2 cups all-‐purpose ﬂour 1 tbs. baking powder 1 tbs. sugar (or more), for sprinkling 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. vanilla 1 cup whipping cream (approximately) 2 tbs. melted butter Fruit: 1 quart fresh strawberries (or other berries) 2 tbs. sugar Topping: Whipped cream, if desired PREPARATION Fruit: 1. The night before the picnic, hull and slice the strawberries. 2. Put sliced berries in a bowl; sprinkle sugar over and stir well. 3. Cover and refrigerate. Transfer to a covered container to transport to the picnic. Biscuits: 1. Preheat over to 425°. 2. In a large bowl, stir together ﬂour, baking powder, sugar and salt. 3. Stir the vanilla into the cream. Using a fork (or your hands), stir the cream mixture into the ﬂour mixture. 4. Mix until the dough is completely moistened, and holds together when compressed. 5. Turn the dough out onto a ﬂoured board. Don't knead it – just pat it out to a depth of about 1". Use a ﬂoured biscuit cutter to cut out biscuits. 6. Brush the top of each biscuit with melted butter, then sprinkle generously with sugar. 7. Bake on a parchment-‐lined baking sheet for 15-‐17 minutes. Allow to cool brieﬂy on the pan, then remove to a rack to cool completely. Transfer to a container to transport to the picnic. ASSEMBLY 1. For each serving, split a biscuit in half lengthwise. 2. Spoon berry mixture over the bottom half of the biscuit, and top with the top half. 3. Add a spoonful of whipped cream, if desired. (If transporting and storing the cream is a problem, just add another small spoonful of berries on top – the shortcakes will still be yummy.) Yield: about 10 individual shortcakes.
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Q Glamorous Housewife
Dear Glamorous Housewife, I'm going to my nephew's wedding this summer. I want to give a vintage-‐y gift. Something that could potentially be an heirloom. Any ideas? Kindly, An Aﬀair to Remember in San Diego Dear An Aﬀair To Remember, What a wonderful and heartfelt idea! There are lots of things you can give a newlywed, but I think making something with your own hands elevates a gift to heirloom quality. How about a wooden keepsake box with the happy couple’s names and wedding date on the top? They can use it to store mementos of their life together, like ticket stubs, a lock of their child's hair and any other small meaningful item.
cell phone to take wedding photos and upload them during the wedding. That is just part of the time we live in. However, you need to consider a few things. First of all, if you are a guest you should ask the bride and groom for permission to upload pictures so quickly. Many people consider their wedding a private aﬀair and might not want it all over the worldwide web. Secondly, if you are the bride or groom, I would also hire a professional photographer to capture your big day. They have had a lot more experience in taking pictures at weddings and will know what pictures need to be included to give you the perfect wedding album. It would be unfortunate to wake up the day after the wedding and realize you don't have any pictures of your beloved grandmother. But other than those two bits of advice, I don't see why you shouldn't take pictures on your mobile device.
Dear Glamorous Housewife, So we live in a social media world, right? But would it be poor form to use mobile devices to upload photos during the wedding? Q Dear Glamorous Housewife, Thanks, I couldn't be happier. I'm engaged to my Cell-‐tography in Austin best friend. We just settled on our home. So many exciting things Dear Cell-‐tography, happening. But my parents want us to It is perfectly acceptable to use your have a big wedding. Us? Not so much.
Honestly, we'd rather elope. How do I get my parents to understand that making the big day “so big” just isn't for us. Thanks, Vegas Bound in Moorestown Dear Vegas Bound, As a parent I have come to realize that the big events for my children are also big events for me. Though your wedding is your own, it is also shared by both sets of parents. They raised you and took care of you, so this is their celebration of ending their time as your main caregiver. It is both a joyous and bittersweet time for any parent to see their child ﬂy the nest, and your parents are no exception. With that said, it is your big celebration and you should be allowed to have the wedding of your dreams, not your parents. Why not explain how you feel to your parents and see if you can come to some kind of compromise? Maybe a smaller wedding with a more intimate ceremony would appease you both.
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For people who didn’t live through the era, it might be hard to fathom the sheer diversity of 1960s popular music. Hard rock, soft rock, acid rock, sunshine pop, folk rock, baroque pop, blues rock, country rock, R&B and more: all these styles coexisted, vying for radio airplay and record-store display space. One of the genres unique to that amazing decade was what we might call psychedelic pop. As with any looselydefined style, it's probably best to think about it in terms of a few core commonalities. Strong melodic content, often supported by elaborate harmonies. Offbeat instrumentation – everything from zithers to sitars. Innovative production techniques. Trippy, allusive lyrics. And an occasional nod in the direction of musique concrete: sound effects or "found" natural noises blended into the mix. There are modern bands and artists who reference psychedelic pop in their work, sometimes with notable success. But
there’s something truly special about the original music. It’s not just a matter of instrumentation of production values; there’s also cultural context. This music was very much a product of its times, and it evokes feelings and associations that go far beyond the actual words and notes. Some psychedelic pop songs were hits, well remembered today and generously represented on Internet radio playlists. But there are other albums and artists that have been largely forgotten. And that’s a shame. So we’ve rounded up some personal picks: lost treasures, if you like. We think they’re well worth discovering…or rediscovering. Some of these albums have been reissued on CD; some are available as digital downloads; and others are genuine vinyl rarities, commanding collector's-item prices. (The good news is that many of those rare albums have been uploaded, as needle drops, to YouTube.) So one way or another, all of this music is out there, ready for your listening pleasure.
By Jon Hechtman
...of the 1960s
The Smoke: October Country (1968) Sometimes, when it comes to ‘60s pop, you really do need a scorecard to keep track of the players. Here goes… In 1967, west coast musician/producer Michael Lloyd oversaw an album by a group called October Country. Lloyd wrote the songs, produced the album and – when the group's musical skills proved inadequate to the demands of the project – wound up playing most of the instruments. One of the standout album tracks was a song that shared its name with the group: "October Country." Clear? OK. Now it gets a little more complicated. The very next year, Lloyd masterminded an album by a new group called the Smoke (not to be confused with a British rock band of the same name). Included on that disc was a significantlyimproved remake of the song "October Country." So if you decide to seek out this particular tune – and it's good enough to justify the search – make sure it's "October Country" by the Smoke, not "October Country" by October Country. Whew! Leaving aside that little tangle, let's turn to the important stuff: the music. Lloyd had attended
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some of the sessions for the iconic Beach Boys hit "Good Vibrations" in 1966, and he was obviously paying attention. The Smoke's one and only album is chock-full of melodically sophisticated, creative, engagingly quirky music…with a real psychedelic spin. "Gold Is the Color of Thought" features a gorgeous, lushly orchestrated arrangement. "Fog Bound" serves up bouncy rhythms and unexpected instrumentation. "Cowboys and Indians," with its old west theme, is a sort of companion piece to the Beach Boys' "Heroes and Villains." The references don't stop there. The "Fog Bound" fade explicitly quotes "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" (people were a little less touchy about copyright in the laid-back ‘60s). And "Odyssey," the album's closer, is clearly inspired by Homer's epic of the same name. Ambitious? Yes. But not at all self-conscious or pretentious. You can't say that about every song on the album, unfortunately. "Song Through Perception" and "Self Analysis" come uncomfortably close to twee self-absorption, and some of the other tracks are just cutesy throwaways. But there are plenty of wonderful moments here.
Chad & Jeremy: Of Cabbages & Kings (1967) Chad & Jeremy got swept up in the tidal wave that was the mid-60s British invasion, but they never really conformed to the British-pop-act stereotype. The whole world was charmed by the Beatles' working-class Liverpool roots; but what were we to make of two vaguely upper-crust chaps (Jeremy was an Eton graduate and a descendant of the Duke of Wellington) who met while attending drama school? But let's leave the reverse-snobbishness aside, and focus instead on the music. The duo's early hits – ironically, they had greater success in the U.S. than they did at home – were lovely, sensitively-performed folk/pop crossovers. Looking back, the sophistication of those early songs can be seen as a foretaste of what was to come. Of Cabbages and Kings, released in 1967, was dubbed by Jeremy a "soundtrack without the film"; and that's a very apt description. It's a terribly literate album, as the borrowed Lewis Carroll title suggests. And make no mistake, this is full-on psychedelic pop: layered arrangements, unconventional instrumentation, baroque flourishes, allusive lyrics, sound effects, disorienting time changes and more. Like an elaborate, highly spiced meal, It can be an awful lot to absorb at a single sitting. The record-buying public evidently agreed, because the album was a sales disaster. But if you can get past the occasional moments of excess and just plain silliness, there are ample rewards here. "Rest in Peace," told from the viewpoint of a successful funeral monument maker, is a brilliant slice-ofEnglish-life vignette, on par with the best work of bands like the Zombies or the Kinks. "Can I See You" is a marvelously understated song in which love and regret are combined in equal measure. And "Painted Dayglow Smile" (the album's unsuccessful single) is a beautifullycrafted little masterpiece on its own.
Autosalvage: Autosalvage (1968) This New York psych-pop group started out with a different name. It took its new monicker from the title of a song that was a centerpiece of its live sets: a rambling, off-kilter number that lamented (of all things) the disappearance of cars like the streamlined ’53 Nash. The name change was suggested by an early fan of the group – a fellow named Frank Zappa. It's not hard to understand what Zappa saw in Autosalvage. The arrangements are innovative, often defying the standards of conventional song structure. The lyrics are mysteriously allusive, sometimes almost opaque. And the instrumentation – incorporating such unusual items as dulcimer and cuica – is inventive. There weren't any big names in the band. Bassist Skip Boone's brother Steve was a member of the Lovin' Spoonful, and multi-instrumentalist Rick Turner – who went on to a successful career as a high-end guitar maker – had played with Ian & Sylvia. But that was as far as it went. The members stayed together for barely a year, then went their separate ways. Autosalvage may have earned praise from Zappa, but its sole album made little impression on the recordbuying public. And that's a shame. Because despite its moments of '60s psychedelic excess, this is a consistently interesting album with a broad creative range. There are folky tunes featuring attractively rough-edged harmonies ("Parahighway," "A Hundred Days"); wittily literate songs like "Ancestral Wants" (its title is a pun on the phrase "ancestral haunts"); and gutsy, bluesy rockers like "The Great Brain Robbery." It's not surprising, in retrospect, that this album wasn't a bigger hit; it was just a little too cerebral for that. It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's a brew well worth sampling.
Sagittarius: Present Tense (1967) Without knowing it, you may already be familiar with a song by Sagittarius: the brilliant “My World Fell Down,” with its soaring harmonies, irresistible melodies and memorable sound effects. It was an intricately built little masterpiece, and a modest AM radio hit in 1967. Before dipping more deeply into this band’s catalog, however, it’s important to understand that Sagittarius wasn’t really a “band” at all. Instead, it was a sort of vanity project for celebrated producer Gary Usher: a kind of “side gig” to absorb whatever free time he had left, after working closely with such artists as the Byrds, Simon & Garfunkel and the Beach Boys. Speaking of which… There’s a real Beach Boys connection at work here. Glen Campbell (who filled in as a touring Beach Boy when Brian Wilson decided to abandon the road) contributes lead vocals. Bruce Johnston, who was and is a card-carrying Beach Boy himself, is also in the mix. The zero-degrees-of-separation personal relationships are important, but it’s really the stylistic kinship that cements the Beach Boys connection. “My World Fell Down” sounds eerily like some lost Pet Sounds/SMiLE track – so much so that there was a rumor, not so long ago, that its “bullfight” section was literally stolen from one of the many “Heroes and Villains” mixes Wilson attempted during the SMiLE sessions. (Not true, by the way.) The remainder of the album doesn’t quite measure up to the grandeur of “My World Fell Down.” The songs are a bit more predictable in construction – fairly straightforward stuff. But this is still a marvelous piece of work. Personal favorites include “Another Time,” “The Truth Is Not Real” and the bizarrely-named “Song to the Magic Frog” (a title that could come only from the 1960s).
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Jan & Dean: Carnival of Sound (1968/2010) Jan & Dean: the guys that gave us "Surf City" and "The Little Old Lady from Pasadena"? Seriously? Well, yes – although "seriously" is definitely the wrong word for this very unusual album. Carnival of Sound, as conceived in 1967-68, was envisioned as a sort of hybrid, combining psychedelic-influenced music with comedy elements. An ambitious album, you might say, but not a serious one. It's probably worth mentioning that many '60s artists tried, with varying levels of success, to incorporate humor into their music; those two genres weren't as far apart as they are today, and the adventurous spirit of the decade seemed to invite such experimentation. It's hard to know how successful Jan & Dean's brand of musical comedy would have been, because Carnival of Sound, as we know it today, is an approximation of an album that went unfinished back in the day. Jan was just beginning to recover from his terrifying 1966 car accident, there were the usual troubles with the record label, budgets were spiraling out of control – you get the picture. Somewhere along the way, this grand, sprawling project wandered off the track, leaving a few random singles and a cache of unissued vault tracks. And so things remained, until a 2010 archival release finally saw the light of day. So it's important to remember that we're listening to a reconstruction, not a polished final product. That said, there's some terrific work here, featuring contributions from many of the finest session musicians of the day. The melodies are memorable, the harmonies are marvelous, and the instrumentation – including brass, woodwinds, strings and washes of sitar – is inventive. The best song of the bunch, by all odds, is "Girl, You're Blowing My Mind": it opens with what sound almost like revving car-engine noises (a wink and a nod to the duo's "Dead Man's Curve" era?) and builds into a gorgeous tune with a killer hook. "Fan Tan" and "Hawaii" are quirky, exoticatinged numbers. And "Mulholland" starts out as pure L.A.sunshine pop…and ends in a slapstick comedy routine that could have been lifted from "Laugh-In." Ironically, it's the duo's sense of humor that keeps the more straightforward songs from being totally convincing. "Carnival of Sound" and "I Know My Mind," for example – two tunes that call for sincere, heartfelt readings – come off a little too tongue-in-cheek. But those faults shouldn't be overstated. This is the secondgreatest "lost" psych-pop album (after SMiLE), and it makes for fun, entertaining and not-at-all-serious listening.
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Rockabilly Style By Emily Lux
What exactly is a rockabilly wedding? Well, it’s whatever you want it to be. It’s the perfect marriage of rock ‘n’ roll, pompadours and crinoline coming together to create your perfect day. But what it’s not? Stuffy. Or cookie cutter. Or boring. Or off-the-shelf. “[With a rockabilly wedding] the couple planning it don’t follow trends or do what’s dictated to them by others,” says 30-year-old Kat Williams, Founder of Rock ‘N’ Roll Bride. “They plan a wedding that is reflective of them.” One of the perks of having a rockabilly wedding is that you have the freedom to do what you want to make it your own. Rockabilly weddings also lend themselves well to DIY – perfect for adding a pop of personality while not pinching the pocketbook. Plus, ideas are plentiful. Movies, books, music, artwork. Even drawing from your own parents’ big day. The only prerequisite? “Someone to marry,” Kat jokes. Here’s some inspiration to get your wedding totally rockin’ and rollin’. Model: Coco Fierce Photographer: Haywood Jones Photography MUAH: Le Keux Vintage Salon Dresses: The Couture Company Flowers: Beaubuttons Headpieces: What Katy Did Next Shoes: Revive Me Boutique Ice Cream Van: Annie's Antics
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SAVE-THE-DATES & INVITES The ringâ€™s on. Commence planning. Your next step: sending savethe-dates. This pre-invitation announcement is often the first peek guests get of your whole wedding vibe. Options are plentiful, ranging from the colorfully kitschy to traditional.
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DECORATIONS Your choice of colors, fabrics and décor conveys a lot. Are you opting for soft pinks, pale yellows, gorgeous teals? Or are you going bold with a sexy red and leopard print? Either way, you’ll want to, sprinkle in cool vintage items throughout to bring your theme to life.
Leopard Cake Pops Not On the High Street
1950s Camper Gift Box Simply Everyday Me
FAVORS Give guests a gift of the past with vintage-themed thank you’s.
Day of the Dead Planter SewZinski
Passion Has Red Lips Wine Some Young Punks
CAKE Gone are the days when cakes had to be white, round and froufrou. Today’s rockabilly cakes are wildly colorful and totally fun.
Crumbs & Doilies
Laura Barton Cupcakes, Cookies & Celebration Cakes
Cake Lava Chrissy Lambert Photography
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THE DRESS Vintage or retro inspired? Rockabilly brides now have endless options. And can we talk shoes for a moment? Once upon a time, they were available only in white or ivory. Nowadays, you can get showstopping pumps with personality measured in tonnage.
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OK, so you've planned your vintage-inspired wedding down to the last detail. Got the dress, booked the venue, picked the music. Now…what about the honeymoon? Sure, you could just opt for one of the standard destinations; there's no law that says a vintage wedding has to be followed by a vintage honeymoon. But here's the good news: whether you're a rockabilly rebel, a Gatsby glam-seeker or a lover of all things Victorian, there are plenty of great vintage honeymoon choices out there. To get you started, here are a few of our favorites – in no particular order.
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Route 66 This is it: the iconic American highway. First paved in 1938, it runs from Chicago to L.A. As it meanders west through eight U.S. states, it hits the Grand Canyon, the Painted Desert, Cadillac Ranch, the Mississippi River and Santa Monica Pier… among other great landmarks. But the real story here may be the quirky little establishments along the way: cafés and eateries, bars, motels, kitschy roadside attractions and more. (Be sure to include a stop at one of the nine, count 'em nine museums dedicated to this "mother road.") You'll want to have a bite to eat at the Snow Cap Drive-In (Seligman, Arizona), and spend a night at one of the two Wigwam Motels – yes, they're shaped like giant teepees – along the route. Honeymooning on Route 66 will require some research and planning, but it's an experience like no other.
Magnolia Gas Station Museum, Route 66, Shamrock, Texas.
Bermuda Bermuda just feels like history. It's different from all the other "beachy" destinations: a refined blend of British culture and island charm. Spend some time in the capital city of Hamilton; walking (and shopping!) along Front Street, with its pastel-hued Victorian buildings, is one-half sight-seeing and onehalf time travel. Be sure to visit St. George's, at the other end of the island, where a real-life town crier has been announcing the time for some 400 years. There are plenty of magnificent gardens, museums and historic attractions to tour. A word to the wise, though: Bermuda isn't known for its night life – in the evening, you can hear the breeze sighing through the bougainvillea. If that sounds boring, you might want to look elsewhere. If it sounds blissful, then this might be the place for you.
A vintage postcard from the Castle Harbour Hotel, Bermuda – no longer standing.
Orient Express Just say it out loud: "Orient Express." The name instantly calls to mind the glorious golden age of travel, with all its romance and luxury. Today's Orient Express is a worthy successor to the legendary original, carrying on a grand tradition of opulence and faultless service. The painstakingly restored vintage train cabins convert from day coaches to sumptuous sleeping quarters. Fabulous meals are prepared in the train's kitchen, and served in restaurant cars adorned in wooden marquetry or Lalique crystal. Honeymooners can choose among several different journeys, including stops in Venice, Vienna, Budapest, London or Paris. Truly a once-in-alifetime experience. All aboard!
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Sherlock Holmes's London If you're Holmes fans, why not consider a honeymoon in the legendary sleuth's London? The modern-day city isn't as reliably foggy as as it was during Victoria's reign, but there's still plenty of authentic atmosphere to be savored. The site of 221B Baker Street is now a Holmes museum, and the Sherlock Holmes Pub now stands on the spot formerly occupied by the Northumberland Hotel â€“ an establishment that figures prominently in "The Hound of the Baskervilles." The celebrated Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour begins at Piccadilly Circus and ends at The Strand; along the way, it takes in both literary and film locations familiar to Sherlockians. There's even a Sherlock Holmes hotel, but we think vintage-loving visitors might prefer the discreet, traditional luxury of Brown's Hotel in Mayfair. Oxford Street, London, c. 1890: a thoroughfare that would have been well known to Sherlock Holmes.
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Back in the day, affluent travelers flocked to Saratoga Springs to "take the waters" – in other words, to enjoy the mineral springs that gave the town its name. Today's Saratoga Springs is a destination rich in history – filled, in summertime, with hundreds of things to do and see. Stay and dine in one of the grand old hotels. Marvel at the Victorian mansions. Play a round of golf (period attire optional), or spend a day at the races at Saratoga Race Course, opened in 1863. Visit the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, summer home of the Philadelphia Orchestra and New York City Ballet. Get a little pampering at the Roosevelt Baths & Spa (opened in 1935); treatments include everything from traditional mineralwater baths to shiatsu massage and facials. (And if you're fans of baseball history, Cooperstown is just a couple of hours away.)
Palm Springs Palm Springs is hot – and we're not just talking temperature. This is where Desert Modernism was born: an architectural aesthetic that echoed the open spaces of the environment with acres of glass and spaces that flowed seamlessly from indoors to outdoors. Today, with Mid Century Modern design more popular than ever, Palm Springs has rightfully been recognized as one of America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations: an elite honor indeed. But that sounds awfully stuffy – let's focus on the fun instead. Stay in a swanky mid-century hotel or vacation-home rental. Take a guided Segway tour. Experience the area's great restaurants. Shop the unique boutiques. If you want to go modern in style, Palm Springs is your spot.
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French Riviera Ever seen To Catch a Thief – that great Hitchcock movie set in the south of France? Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, posh hotels, stunning seacoast? Of course you have – and odds are you've said to yourself, at some point during the film, "I wish I was there." Well, it's your honeymoon, and this is your chance. If there's a destination more romantic, more glamorous than the French Riviera, we somehow missed that memo. There's the charm of Nice, the jet-set allure of Cannes and St. Tropez. Beautiful beaches. Some of the world's finest wine and food. And if all of that endless luxury starts to seem humdrum…well, don't worry: Monte Carlo is just a short convertible drive away.
Vintage French Riviera travel poster.
Miami Beach If Art Deco is your thing, then Miami Beach is your destination. The South Beach Art Deco District boasts the world's single highest concentration of 1920s and 1930s architecture. The strong lines and curves of the style get a uniquely Miami spin here, with decorative motifs borrowed from tropical foliage and luxury ocean liners. (Special Art Deco tours, available year-round, include every neon-gilded landmark.) There's vibrant night life, with clubs and restaurants galore. You can choose among a number of restored Art Deco hotels in the District, some of them directly on the beach. Oh yes, that's right: when you've had enough of architecture, there's always that magnificent beach...
1950 postcard (above) showing the Surfcomber Hotel, Miami Beach. This Art Deco landmark looks much the same today (left).
a smashing rockabilly wedding for $11K?
Yes, you can!
California’s Dominique and Ron married in 2011. All it took to get that just-right rockabilly look on a budget was creativity, ingenuity…and the help of a few friends.
The Venue A friend's home.
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The Photography Dominique and Ron shoot weddings for a living, so they know exactly where to put their focus. The photographer for the event was a friend…who gave them a real steal.
Hair & Makeup Friends lent a hand to create a simply stunning look.
The Groom A vintage suit.
The Dress A flea market find for $175. To liven up the plain flat linen skirt, the incredible Daniela Kurrle in West Hollywood remade it with over 30 yards of tulle, adding a vintage rhinestone necklace as a belt.
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Tables & Chairs This time Dominiqueâ€™s mom had the connection. Her friend owns a bartering company, so the couple got all their tables, chairs and more for less than half of what they would have paid otherwise.
Music No DJ. Instead, the couple opted for custom playlists for cocktail hour, dinner and dancing.
The Food Feeding 130+ people can be a huge expense. To embrace the fun, lighthearted feel of their backyard wedding, they went with a food truck from the ever-popular In-N-Out Burger. Rickyâ€™s Fish Tacos (arguably the best fish tacos in LA) set up a cart, followed by a kettle corn vendor at the end of the night.
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Flowers & Decor A lot of DIY and help from friends. The chuppah was made out of bamboo, tissue paper streamers and flowers. Tons of ubercustom touches, like glitter table numbers, pineapple centerpieces and escort cards made from old movie star pin-up paper dolls. Flower accents and bouquets artfully arranged by hand. The overall look? Spectacularly memorable.
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Our Wedding Day !a groom’s perspective
October 30, 2011 By Lee Powell It’s often said that your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life; and if you’ve been fortunate to marry the love of your life then this will most certainly be the case. Yet in order to make your wedding day perfect, you must contend with months of planning, research and stress, as every minuscule detail is pulled into place. Traditionally it’s the remit of the bride and her family to arrange almost everything, with the groom responsible for arranging his own suit and for getting to the ceremony on time. However – especially of late and within non-mainstream society – the groom is taking more of an active role in the preparation and planning side of things, as it’s “his” wedding day too. I have to say I’m in a very privileged position: I’ve married the love of my life. And I knew from the outset that I wanted to help make our wedding day perfect for both of us…but especially for my wife-to-be. I wanted it to be a day we would both look back on with a glow of pride and wonderful memories. And we do! Photography: Simon Walden
When I proposed to my then-girlfriend Claire, and we started to plan our wedding, I knew it would be our day – and that we were both going to be playing an active role in every element of its planning. And because it was our day, and because both of us are very much into the whole rockabilly scene, we knew from the start it was going to be a rockabilly wedding. Rockabilly has become a huge part of our everyday life, so it seemed logical to let this follow through into our wedding day. I think we were like most couples: we instantly let our ideas run riot as we imagined and discussed what we could do and how we could do it, what we could wear and all of the other endless finer details. But again, like most couples, we were tied to a budget…and not a huge one at that. We both worked, but had just moved in together. That left only a limited amount of resources available, so we were kept somewhat grounded. However, I did want to make my wife-to-be’s day perfect – one she would never forget. So we set about attempting VintageVilleMag.com | 62
to organize everything we needed…within the constraints of the budget we had. Uncertain where to start, we attended a local wedding fair – an event which just seemed so alien to us. Completely different from everything we’d thought about! White puffy meringue-like dresses and top-hat-and-tails were most definitely the order of the day; and although this obviously has a huge appeal to many couples planning their big day, it just left us cold. While nonchalantly looking at stalls and trying to avoid being given promotional booklets for this and that, we were approached by a bubbly photographer who said he’d seen us come into the fair and liked our style, as it was different from the usual couples he saw at events like this. He went on to say he’d be very interested in taking our wedding photos. Not sure if this was just a marketing ploy, we took his information pack to check out when we got home. And we also picked up a promo pack for an interesting-looking venue for the ceremony
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– a venue that ultimately turned out to be the stunning setting for our ceremony.
After the fair, we realized what we wanted was going to be impossible to find as a “package”, meaning that each element was going to have to be sourced individually rather than through the usual channels of wedding fairs and magazines. Thankfully Claire and I have ridiculously similar tastes in almost everything! We know how each other’s mind works, and what the other would or wouldn’t like – and this helped greatly. Yet there were certain elements of planning, such as flowers, wedding favors, table settings, etc. that would be best left to Claire, as she certainly has more of a flair for design and the finer detail in those areas. The first thing I needed to find was my suit; although this was a rockabilly wedding, we wanted to make it more formal than the usual jeans and swing dresses. I knew straight away that I wanted to get hold of a sharkskin suit, as I’d always loved the two-tone shimmer of the fabric weave and the 50s cut. Being in England this was easier said than done, as sharkskin suits were very much a 1950s U.S. phenomenon, and the odd ones that did make it overseas quickly disappeared into collections of vintage clothing aficionados. Luckily, back in 2011 the rockabilly scene wasn’t as commercially popular as it is now. So after a few days and countless hours in front of the iridescent glow of a laptop screen, I’d found the suit I wanted. A two-piece, blackon-black striped sharkskin weave made by Steve Gordon’s, Las Vegas. From the images, it looked stunning. And it was my size! I had to get it, before it disappeared. Close to a month later, it arrived – and happily, it was as striking, if not more so, in the flesh (or fabric) than it had appeared online.
arm bands and tie-pin. I think I managed to pull the look off, and although it was an outrageously time-intensive effort, I felt a great sense of pride and satisfaction knowing I was looking the best I could on such a truly special day, in a style that meant – and still means – so very much to us,
I really wanted to look my best – not just for me, but as an embodiment of how I felt marrying my fiancée. I wanted to complement Claire’s fabulous look, so I spent a huge amount of time and resources putting together my wedding outfit, with a custom made waistcoat, tie and matching shoes…along with smaller items that were less visible, yet still as vital to the completed look: period cufflinks,
This followed through to the evening reception suit. Well, the bride was having a change of clothes – so why shouldn’t I? I spotted an amazing black, red and leopard print dress while shopping one day (not specifically with the wedding in mind), and I knew immediately that Claire would love it as a reception dress. I was right…but this meant I had to once again complement Claire’s look, and gamut of Above: Lee sports his custom made waist-coat. Right: Morris Dancers celebrate Lee & Claire’s wedding. Morris Dancing is a traditional English folk dance performed by a group of 6-8 men.
accessories, with my own. Again the internet was an amazing resource for tracking things down: a teddy-boy styled three-piece suit in sharkskin silver, a custom tie and pocket hanky, custom cufflinks, the obligatory tie-clip and of course matching shoes. It was great fun putting it all together again, but as with everything else it came with a cost. And we were really on a limited budget – a budget that was rapidly running out. But the day had to be perfect for Claire, and I would have done anything to make it so. So with a heavy heart I sold off my huge vinyl record collection (around 1500 pieces) to obtain the funds for everything else we needed. It seemed like a huge sacrifice at the time…but it was
completely worth it. The new infusion of capital meant we could get the perfect vehicles to travel to the ceremony. For Claire, an immaculate black 1959 Cadillac Sedan de Ville; for myself and my four-year-old daughter Violette, a fantastic 1952 Triumph Standard Vanguard. But even sourcing the cars was difficult, as there isn’t a huge number of 50s classic U.S. cars around in England – especially Cadillacs. So again it was lots of research, emails, phone-calls and posts on rod forums…which happily, in the end, led to the vehicles of our dreams. Of course it wasn’t all easy sailing. We encountered a number of problems and issues
Smother me with kisses, bust my heart with love 'Cause when I'm in your arms I'm in a new world Just to realize that you are my girl I wanna cling to you like a honeybee 'Cause our love's like a raging sea Gene Maltais – “Raging Sea” (the first song played after we became husband and wife)
that proved to be a lot more time-consuming than we had originally thought. The biggest single problem? Claire’s wedding dress disaster, just before the wedding. The designer, a classic wedding dress seamstress, had promised she could deliver exactly what Claire had asked for in all respects, even down to the steel boning in the corset. Regrettably, she couldn’t – and we only had two weeks to rectify the issue. After days of endless modifications to the skirt by Claire (she hand stitched 500 pearls on it), and a breakneck speed trip to London, she returned with what promised to be the perfect end result. The sourcing of the table decorations for the reception venue seemed to take a lifetime. It seems there is only a limited number of 1950’s tea sets still in circulation; and you wouldn’t believe how hard it was to get hold of teapots from the same era. Endless trudging around antique shops in our few spare minutes paid dividends, and finally we managed to get everything we needed. Alongside the vintage
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tea sets was a completely personalized rockabilly and psychobilly themed wedding cake. For a finishing touch, Claire then had to sew 90 meters of bunting to crisscross the ceiling of the venue, to give it that authentic party atmosphere. Thankfully, we were able to pull together a few favors from friends – something that helped the budget tremendously. I had danced with a Morris side for a number of years, and they performed for the guests as we left the ceremony. Likewise I’d not long beforehand interviewed an up-and-coming psychobilly band called Luna Vegas for one of the scene’s biggest magazines; and because of that connection, they agreed to play the evening reception. Oh, and that photographer I mentioned? Well, a cheeky proposition paid off – and we were extremely fortunate to have him and his assistant for the entirety of the day at a massively discounted price, with the understanding he could use our wedding photos for his own promotion. Above: Wardrobe changes aren’t just for the gals anymore – Lee opts for a wildly cool second look. Right (top): The all-important wedding cake. Right (bottom): Lee & family take a break from formal photos.
So what else is there to say? Well, Claire walked down the aisle to Eartha Kitt’s “Just an Old Fashioned Girl” and looked absolutely breathtaking. Our first dance was to “Bikini Girls with Machine Guns” by the Cramps, and the rest of the day’s music featured a wonderful mixture of 50’s and modern rockabilly, psychobilly and rock 'n' roll…with a splash of glam and punk to help our reception finish with a bang. The guests were asked to dress accordingly, and a number of them did, adding immensely to the atmosphere. We were extremely lucky to have some amazing friends to help – and fortunate that we managed to arrange, source, organize, prepare, decorate and plan our wedding day (without too many hitches) pretty much by ourselves. That personal involvement truly made it a complete labor of love. Looking back on it now, as we approach our third wedding anniversary, I can say that it was a truly perfect day. A day we worked so hard to turn into reality. A day that embodied our modernday rockabilly sensibilities. But most importantly, it was our wedding day. And it rocked.
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The Great American Cycling Craze P1890 -1900 By Jon Hechtman
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the decade of the BICYCLE BOOM The New York City police force had a problem. Something had to be done about the fast-andfurious young men who were racing through the streets, wantonly flouting the posted speed limits and posing a serious danger to pedestrians. The regular police force was helpless to deal with these lawbreakers; these wild youngsters could simply outrun them. And so a special unit was formed. A unit outfitted with vehicles of its own – vehicles equal to the challenge. That unit's name? The Scorcher Squad. The story is true. But the year wasn’t 2014, or 1968, or even 1955. It was 1892, and the streetracing rebels were riding…bicycles. (The police commissioner who created the bicycle-riding Scorcher Squad to deal with them? One Theodore Roosevelt.) It’s difficult, today, to fathom the intensity of the bicycle craze that gripped the United States during the final years of the 19th century. Pick the most popular fad of the moment: Facebook, maybe, or the smartphone. Hugely important, society-changing sensations. And still, America’s early bicycle mania was arguably a bigger deal. How big? Well, consider this fact. At the turn of the 20th century, there were two buildings in Washington, D.C. dedicated to patent storage: one building for bicycle patents, and one building for… everything else. (Think about that for a second.) There were several factors responsible for the sudden bicycle boom. Bicycles had been around since the 1860s, but those early models were awkward, dangerous and expensive. That began to change in the 1880s, as the technology evolved. First came the so-called "safety bicycle," with its chain-drive transmission; that allowed the wheels
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to shrink in size, improving stability and safety. Then the brand-new air-filled tire arrived – and with it came a huge increase in riding comfort. (It's not for nothing that solid-tired bicycles were commonly known as "boneshakers.") Cost played an important role, too: advances in manufacturing made bicycles more affordable than ever. That's a cause-and-effect explanation, but it doesn't begin to touch on the emotional reasons for the bicycle's popularity. To understand that side of things, you have to try to imagine the dayto-day reality of life in the USA of the 1890s. The American love affair with going fast isn't some new development; people back then craved the thrill of speed just as we do today. It was the bicycle that offered the first liberating experience of speed entirely under the control of the rider. Horse-drawn wagons, toboggans, sleds, railroad trains: all were capable of high speeds. But the bicycle connected the rider directly to the vehicle.
You didn't need a strong horse; you supplied the power. The bicycle – unlike the toboggan or sled – offered complete control, the vehicle responding precisely and instantaneously to the rider's movements. The sensation of speed was pure adrenaline – direct, intimate and completely personal. But it wasn't all about speed; it was also about mobility. Many Americans of the time lived and died in the town where they were born, without venturing more than a few miles in any direction. The bicycle changed all of that. Surviving diaries tell us that cyclists of the day often rode twenty or thirty miles at a stretch. All the neighboring towns…the ones that were just a little too far for a comfortable walk? All of a sudden, they were within easy reach. And don't think for a moment that all this travel was just a simple search for some new scenery. More than one expert has claimed that the bicycle was directly responsible for strengthening the rural American gene pool, because young men were now able to meet, court and marry women in other towns. And those women weren't merely waiting in their parlors for their new gentleman friends to pedal along. Women began to ride in great numbers, and their outfits changed to keep pace. Bloomers became a popular part of the feminine riding costume; and some women went even further, daring to wear trousers (sometimes with skirts over top). In an era when skirts were supposed to hide the ankles, the lady cyclist faced a real challenge. Too short a skirt might risk a scandal, but too long a skirt might cause a catastrophe, getting caught in the chain and pitching the rider over the handlebars. Such dangers notwithstanding, Susan B. Anthony was vociferous in her support of female ridership; she said of bicycling that it had "done more to Right: The Eiffel Tower bicycle, circa 1899, was often used for advertising purposes.
emancipate women than anything else in the world." And Maria Ward, author of Bicycling for Ladies (1896), declared that "the bicycle [was] an educational factor…creating the desire for progress, the preference for what is better, the striving for the best, broadening the intelligence and intensifying love of home and country." Fine sentiments indeed. But they weren't universally shared. Critics saw bicycle riding as a threat to the health and morals of American women. Ladies' cycling outfits, they argued, encouraged immodesty and invited unwelcome advances. Several prominent doctors claimed that bicycle riding could actually injure the female reproductive system. And it wasn't only the female population – or American reproductive wellbeing – that was at
risk. The nation's spiritual fitness, too, was in jeopardy. Sunday became a day for bicycle outings rather than a day of worship. Ellen White, an early Seventh Day Adventist, opined in print that ownership of a bicycle, in and of itself, was a sin. To a 21st-century sensibility accustomed to jets and bullet trains, the bicycle may seem like a throwback – part of a slower, quieter America. But back in the day, it was seen as the polar opposite: as a symbol of the speed and mechanization that threatened that bucolic ideal. Angry townsfolk were known to carpet the roads with tacks in hopes of keeping the crazed wheelmen away. (Not every municipality could afford a Scorcher Squad.) The cyclists responded to the attacks, banding together to form bicycle organizations: local clubs by the thousands, and national entities like the Above: Female cyclists in the forefront of a British suffragist “pilgrimage.”
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League of American Wheelmen. These cycling groups lobbied intensely – and successfully – for the creation of the well-planned, well-paved, well-maintained roads we take for granted nowadays. It's ironic that the principal beneficiary of those modern roads turned out to be not the cyclist, but the automobile driver. The national bicycle mania was intense, but brief. By the early years of the twentieth century, the motorcar was becoming more reliable and more affordable, promising undreamt-of freedom and independence. Just as the bicycle had surpassed the horse, the automobile eclipsed the bicycle. America would remain a notion on wheels, but there would be
four of them…not two. Today all the quarrels and controversies are utterly forgotten; and the bicycle craze that triggered them is nothing more than a dim memory. But the changes wrought by this decade-long American obsession are still with us. Suffragists celebrated cycling for its emancipating effects on women of the day, but the reality is that the bicycle did much to liberate citizens of every community, every class. It gave a new meaning to the American ideal of personal mobility – not as a distant aspiration, but as a living reality.
Retro Rides 2014 From races to tweed-clad runs to swap meets, vintage-inspired cycling is a worldwide phenomenon. Here are a few selected events coming up in the year ahead. Vintage Bike Show May 31 San Rafael, CA
RetroRonde June 14-15 Oudenaarde, Belgium
Rose Bowl Vintage Ride June 1 Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
In Velo Veritas (Austrian Retro Randonneur) June 15 Korneuburg, Austria
London Nocturne (Brooks Penny Farthing Races) June 7 London, England
L’Eroica Britannia June 20-22 Bakewell, Peak District
Bravo Scozia Jun 7-8 Ullapool, Scotland
Anjou Velo Vintage 2014 June 28-29 Anjou, Loire Valley, France
Brompton World Championships July 27 Goodwood Motor Circuit, Westhampnett, England
The Transcontinental August 9 London, England L'Eroica October 5 Gaiole, Siena, Italy
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A Decade on Wheels
1894 1892 1890 The safety bicycle is introduced, and the bicycle boom shifts into high gear.
The Davis Sewing Machine Company, of Dayton Ohio, decides to diversify into bicycle production…and the Huffy Corporation is born.
When a railroad strike interrupts Bay Area mail delivery, an enterprising bicycle owner inaugurates California's first bicycle messenger service. Relay riders covered the Fresno-toSan Francisco route, each one cycling a 30-miles leg of the route.
1893 Two entrepreneur brothers open a bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio. Eleven years later – their engineering skills sharpened by their experience in bicycle repair – Orville and Wilbur Wright will go on to other, more notable accomplishments.
1891 The "Rational Dress" movement advocates the abolishment of corsets and other restrictive women's clothing, protesting "any fashion in dress that either deforms the figure, impedes the movement of the body, or in any way tends to injure the health." The movement is driven by the growing popularity of bloomers among female cyclists.
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1896 The first Olympic bicycle race is held in Athens, Greece.
A midwestern U.S. manufacturer introduces a special bicycle, fitted with restraints, for the purpose of transporting police prisoners.
1900 Major Taylor becomes the world cycling sprint champion. He is the first African-American world champion in any sport, achieving the distinction nearly ten years prior to Jack Johnson's reign as heavyweight boxing champion.
Annie Cohan (a.k.a. Annie Londonderry) completes a bicycle trip around the world, starting from Boston and finishing in Chicago some 15 months later.
The Indian bicycle makes its debut, some three years prior to the introduction of the celebrated Indian motorcycle.
1897 The Challand Velocipede â€“ ancestor of today's recumbent bicycles â€“ arrives on the scene.
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Retro Remix Form vs. function. It's an ancient, endless grudge match, with no winner in sight. For us vintage lovers, that age-old dilemma has been especially troublesome. Let's say you're planning a vintage-inspired kitchen makeover, for example: do you opt for a cool vintage appliance, and bid adieu to energy efficiency and modern convenience features? Or do you choose the default big-box-store alternative, and sacrifice your style? At least that's how it used to be. But nowadays, vintage lifestyles are moving into the mainstream;
and manufacturers are starting to take notice. They're beginning to add some retro-inspired items to their product lines, hoping to win us over with a combination of vintage looks and upto-date functionality. As we see it, this is a win-win situation. Purists can stick with the true-vintage originals…and buyers who prefer modern convenience (and a warranty!) can go for the remakes. Here are just a few of our new-old favorites, from funky fridges to retro-cool rides.
APPLIANCES No, there weren't any 1950s microwaves. So how do you design one that looks like it might have come from that era? Take inspiration from vintage radios, TVs, washing machines…mix well…and there you are.
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Let's be clear: we love vintage appliances. But let's also be honest: vintage refrigerators are inefficient, and they tend to be awfully short on storage space. This Big Chill refrigerator is the best of both worlds: modern features plus vintage-inspired style. (Cool colors, too.)
Modern-day cameras are incredibly powerful, loaded with features oldtime photographers couldn't even have imagined. But most of them areâ€Ś wellâ€Śpretty soulless machines. Our hats are off to Nikon and Fuji, who've introduced models inspired by the design of classic film-era cameras. Nikon's Df nods to the brand's beloved F3; and Fuji's X100S borrows some of the DNA of the iconic Leica screw-mount cameras. VintageVilleMag.com | 82
Owning a classic car is more than a purchase decision; it's a lifestyle choice. If you're not quite ready for that kind of commitment â€“ but you want to put some retro flair in your carport â€“ why not consider one of these brand-new, vintage-inspired vehicles?
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l l i B & a i l i c e C d e i r r a m g n i t t e g e r a 1 Décor Details 2 Finals are done. Cecilia’s officially graduated from college. And the couple has moved into their new house. On the wedding front, invitations are stuffed and sent. And a simple, yet elegant chocolate cake with white frosting is ordered. With less than three months to the wedding, the couple is working hard to bring the Gatsby theme to life. “Our wedding colors are blush pink, black and gold,” says Cecilia. “I felt that this was a Gatsby-inspired palette but I have no idea if it’s actually 20s representational.” Cecilia’s been DIY-ing decorations to get that just-right Gatsby garden-party look and feel. For the escort cards,
Home sweet home for Cecilia and Bill.
also be incorporated – along with feathers – into the floral farrangements. And to complete the look – eclectic pairings of mismatched china and serving dishes to capture that lovely summery feel. Groomsmen will don suspenders and bow ties – so dapper! “(Budget permitting) I am also hoping to have some parasols and fans for guests,” Cecilia says.
tags are attached to differently sized and shaped vintage-y skeleton keys. With the help of paint, old silver trays are being transformed into instant chalkboards. Strings of pearls will adorn décor, and will
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The bride’s hair? Finger waves with a curled bun in the back, which will beautifully complement both the ceremony’s cathedral veil and the reception’s feathered fascinator. Coming next month: a 1950s-housewife-inspired bridal shower! Follow Cecilia and Bill along as they plan for their big day.
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Prom 1987 Yes, it's that time of year again. Time for the annual event that's a party, rite of passage, fashion extravaganza and car show, all wrapped up in one. In other words…prom. And one thing's for sure: even though today's dresses and dos are the last word in style, we'll all be embarrassed by them, a few short years from now, when we look back at the pictures. So we thought we'd get a head-start, and take a fond look back at prom, 1980s-style. If you're thinking about putting on an 80s-prom-themed party today, you'll find plenty of inspiration here.
YOUR WHEELS When it comes to prom, your wheels are just as important as your outfit. Good thing there are automotive options galore. The ultimate just-you-and-yourdate ride? Gotta be the classic Corvette, with its aggressive stance and chiseled lines (extra points for the Indy Pace Car edition). The Ford Thunderbird is a slightly more sedate option, sporting a stylishly rounded, aircraft-inspired look. Thinking Europe instead of Detroit? Look no further than the VW Golf GTI: a whole lot of performance packed into in an unassuming hatchback box.
YOUR SCENT His: Good old Brut may have been launched way back in the 60s, but its unapologetic wallop of maleness makes it a true 80s favorite. Seeking something a bit more refined? Reach for Guy Larouche's Drakkar Noir, in its sleek black bottle. Hers: This isn't a decade of subtlety, and the hot perfumes of the day prove the point: they're heavy, powerful and impossible to ignore. And their names suit their personalities, from Calvin Klein's Obsession to Christian Dior's Poison. Nobody notices at the time, but Debbie Gibson's Electric Youth – obviously targeting a younger buyer – breaks new ground by launching a fragrance in tandem with a song and music video of the same name.
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YOUR TUNES Ready to hit the floor? There are lots of iconic tunes – slow, fast and in-between – blasting over the speakers. Maybe you and your date are feeling “Mony Mony,” by Billy Idol. You may not have those Dirty Dancing moves down, but that won't keep "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" from making it into the mix. And no prom night would be complete without slowing it down with Whitesnake’s “Is This Love.”
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QUICK TIP Thanks to the Internet, much of this music is more accessible than ever. Why not create a party playlist that reflects the astonishing diversity of 1920s music? Mixing up the genres will transform your soundtrack from background sound to conversation starter.
In some ways, the 80s weren't just a different decade; they were a different country. And like most countries, this one had a language all its own. Where else would something "bad" be very, very good? But wait…what if you actually wanted to say that something was bad? No problem: you simply called it "lame" or "gnarly." (Really, really bad? Then it was "grody to the max.") If you think that's bogus, just chill – don't have a cow. Once you get used to it, talking 80s is totally tubular. Fer sure!
QUICK TIP Throwing an 80s-themed bash? Write your invite in 80s lingo, and your guests will be stoked about the theme as soon as they read it. For extra fun, add some neon-color graphics. Radical!
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YOUR HAIR His: Preppy in the front. Drama in the back. Yes, the mullet returns. Think David Hasselhoff or John Stamos. In contrast, business professionals still opt for the conservative look: neatly combed and clean-cut. And for the younger crew, spikes (moussed to the max) and long tails in the back totally rule. Hers: Long live the perm. Big hair. Teased high. And overly hairsprayed. AquaNet is queen. ‘Nuff said.
YOUR STYLE His: Acid washed jeans make their debut and earrings are mainstream, especially for teens. Pants feature endless looks, including everything from parachute “aka Hammer pants” to pleated (gasp!) front jeans. Brand name labels are prominently displayed (remember Guess jeans with the triangle on the back pocket?). Oh, and don’t forget to tuck in your shirt. And wear a belt, too. For prom, this slightly prepster looked translates to tuxes, too, with tailored silhouettes and colors to complement your date’s dress. Hers: Pop music stars like Cyndi Lauper and Madonna are bringing loads of color and lace. 1987 is the year of the cinched waist, pegged pants, plus the resurgence of the short skirt. Grab a Swatch watch (or two or three!), hoop earrings and oodles of bangles to make your own style statement. Light-colored lips, dark eyelashes, pink blush and blue eye shadow is the look of now. One thing that’s still in style: femininity, which plays prominently into prom fashions. 1980s Prom Dress Neon Threads Designs $95 VintageVilleMag.com | 90
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meet our... WRITERS Lee Powell
I’ve been involved in the Rockabilly/Psychobilly scene since I was first introduced to the Cramps some 25 years or so ago and I was blown away by the distorted, primal rock n roll of their Smell of Female album. I was instantly smitten. In a time when rock ‘n roll was whitewashed chart-friendly fodder, it was like discovering gold. I have a huge passion for all things ‘billy’ and Teddyboy, and I’m fortunate to live my life immersed in all of that, all be it with a contemporary twist (it’s not the 50’s anymore guys – can you really live without the luxuries of modern life?). I’m fortunate to share my world with my wife and two young daughters. My eldest who is six can proudly explain the difference between rockabilly and psychobilly and loves Imelda May and rockabilly compilations (she makes dad so proud!). I adore 50’s styled suits, Teddyboy drapes, brogues and Creeper shoes and I have sourced a nice little collection of them all over the years. I spend way too much time on my quiff and looking at vinyl records, as well as trying to find that perfect pair of selvedge jeans and thinking about that next tattoo. Blog:www.cleepowell.tumblr.com
PHOTOGRAPHERS Kevin Nakonechny Kevin Nakonechny is a freelance photographer specializing in lifestyle, portraits and weddings. Kevin’s obsession for the outdoors quickly led to a fascination for photography, which has led to the creation of NAKA Photography. Based in Calgary, Canada, Kevin mixes an editorial and photojournalistic approach, with the aim of stylizing photos that tell a story and evoke feeling (while breaking some rules along the way). He attributes much of his success to his talented wife for the ongoing source of love, support and most importantly, fierce competition. www.nakaphotography.com www.facebook.com/nakaphotography @KevinNakonechny – Twitter @NAKAphotography – Instagram
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MODELS Greetings from Pin-Up Model Kitty Cadillac!
I am a vintage pin-up model who has been modeling for over 5 years now. As a pin-up model, I have always looked up to Bettie Page and Bunny Yeager. For the majority of my modeling career, I have been a rowdy red head, but I recently made the jump to being a blonde bombshell. Apart from constantly being asked if I'm Marilyn, I love being a blonde. We really do seem to have more fun! My pin-up name comes from my love of cats (I currently have 6) and my dream car – a pink 57' Cadillac. Along with being a vintage pin-up model, I specialize in selling 1950s clothing in my Etsy shop. I focus on vintage showgirl costumes and beautiful dresses! I look forward to what the future has in store for me in the world of pin-up! XoXo, Kitty Cadillac www.facebook.com/PinUpModelKittyCadillac www.etsy.com/shop/NaughtyKittyVintage
Coco Fierce UK’s Coco Fierce specializes in 50s pin-up modeling but has tried her hand at many different genres of alternative modeling, including steampunk, gothic, punk, latex and even Lolita. She prides herself on her versatility. But her favorite types of shoots have a concept and she enjoys doing avant-garde shoots with dramatic hair, clothes and makeup. Over the last two years, Coco has worked with almost 100 designers and has been featured in about 200 magazines since she started modeling in 2012. Follow her at www.facebook.com/cocofiercemodel
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