I had this idea of holding a vintage fashion show in my head for so long so I turned the dream into reality by asking Sarah to come on board with me as front of house manager. We put our heads together and put blood,sweat and tears into what seemed like a never ending couple of months and managed to pull off the first ever New Vintage Look, a vintage inspired fashion evening showcasing the best of 1940s and 50s faux vintage companies, there was a fashion show,
live music, burlesque and cabaret with all money going to the Royal Brompton and Harefield Charitable fund. I wanted the money to go here because the Brompton hospital in London had helped my brother when he was a baby and I thought it would be a great way to repay them for all they did.
After many months of organising the show came round on 10th April, Sarah and I trundled on down to London on the train with a few of our friends carrying copious amounts of bags and
|Part of our small team on the day|
We got underway in early afternoon with models turninng up and having their hair and make up done by Amanda at Lipstick and Curls, Verity and Gemma of the Vanity Box and Betty Flowers
who all created fantasticly vintage hair styles but extravagant make up that gave the show the contemporary twist we were looking for.
We had hiccups along the way with a couple of acts cancelling, however our compere, the ravishing Coco Du Bois saved the day by stepping in with a couple of songs where the acts should have performed. I was very suprised I didn't have a nervous breakdown at this point but I held it together rather well I think. I felt that I was running round like a headless chicken pretty much the majority of the day, however I think this was due to the adreniline. Everything didn't exactly going to according to plan, but with it being our first event I knew it wouldn't because we organised it as much as we possibly could and a lot of things that happened were out of our control but I remained calm for the majority of it... in my opinion anyway.
|A lot to sort out in such a short amount of time|
|Just some of our lovely audience|
As well as Coco Du Bois giving us a few songs and keeping the crowds entertained, we had the internationally renowned burlesque performer, Tempest Rose perform her La Revue en Rose act which had the crowd wooping and cheering. To end the night we had live music from Knocksville, three great guys performing a mix of rockabilly,psychobilly punk and blues, perfect for the crowd that had their dancing shoes on.
We were so happy to announce we raised £1000 for the hospital through ticket sales and our charity auction that had some great bits for sale from companies such as Tara Stalet, the Vintage cosmetic company and Shanty tramp jewellery as well as many others. I still look back on it and find it hard to believe that we managed to organise such a professional show, especially as a university project, but I had many people saying what a fantastic night it was so we obviously did something right, it's even made me consider a future in events management but I won't be going over that for quite some time. Look out for new posts from me (all being well)
Until Next Time
Toodle Pip xxx
Photography: Sheradon Dublin