Alice Roberton reports on a weekend of vintage fashion and nostalgia at Bristol's buzzing dockside
Bristol's newest museum, M Shed, a converted 1950s transit shed on the city's historic dockside, played host to a special vintage event last weekend (24th-25th March). The museum has some fabulous nostalgic exhibits and is currently hosting a Norman Parkinson photography exhibition, ‘An Eye For Fashion’.
The sunshine brought out visitors in their thousands, including Carolyn Hair and Emma Stoffer. Emma is a keen historian who writes the blog Come Step Back in Time. 'It's wonderful to come to an event like this and get the opportunity to fully indulge our vintage passions,' she says.
Most of the M Shed staff had embraced the vintage theme and Becky Peters, M Shed exhibitions assistant, posed outside this gorgeous 1955 Bristol-made Bailey Maestro caravan. Becky thought it was wonderful to see the event bring a new audience to the museum.
H&A was right in the thick of the action at the Blind Lemon Vintage fashion fair selling the usual array of lovely homeware alongside a rail of vintage dresses supplied by Martha’s Closet. Our mannequin, dressed in a baby pink 1950s summer dress, was a real show stopper. Organiser Edwin Dyson helped me choose a delightful headpiece to work the look.
Shelley Barns, who runs Crikey It’s Vintage in Devon, popped along to say hello and bought a Midwinter toast rack from us to add to her personal collection. She also bought a sundress from Bronia Lee - perfect now that spring has finally sprung.
H&A reader Angela Sherwood and daughter Rosa are self-confessed vintage and retro shopaholics. Rosa shops for clothes and accessories while Angela is always on the lookout for one-off items to complete their country home. Angela was delighted to find these fabulous 1950s enamel pendant light shades we were carrying for Felix Lighting Specialists. They were just what she’d been looking for. Glad to be of service!
I just had to take a snap of Eeva Harryman from London who looked so lovely on the H&A stand.
I have another wonderful weekend ahead of me - I’ll be at the Totnes Nostalgic Mix Fair on Saturday (31st March) and then Bath V&A’s special event ‘Vintage Sunday’ (1st April) for more fashion frolics. See you there!