Friday, 31 May 2013

Around the yard

Some photographs I took around the yard last weekend...

I took advantage of the sunshine to take lots of pictures for the shop... although I won't be using all of them. Here's a bag I thrifted and photographed... and then decided to keep! Whoops!

But no matter how tempting the other items were, they WILL be making their way into the shop. Even this beautiful green and gold taffeta dress will be up for sale soon. Expect an update any day now!

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Erwin Blumenfeld


I wanted to share these beautiful images by Erwin Blumenfeld. A couple of nights ago I watched The Man Who Shot Beautiful Women, a documentary tracing Blumenfeld's life from his early experiments in Dadaism and friendship with George Grosz to his fashion photography in the 1950s. I really like the surreal playfulness and visual experimentation of his photographs, which Blumenfeld retained even when he was working on commercial assignments. He started taking photographs in earnest in the 1930s as a way of enticing window shoppers into 'Fox Leather Company', the clothing shop he ran in Berlin. I think these images of his female customers - abstracted figures and experimental close-ups - are my favourite of all Blumenfeld's photographs.

Friday, 17 May 2013

Jean Genie

Here is the second part of my 90s shop update, full of Spring denim.
1990s denim dungarees
Vintage Diesel jeans
1990s sleeveless check shirt
1990s denim mini
1990s button-up denim midi skirt

As well as the new additions, I'm also including a nice pinafore and cut-off skirt that have been lurking in the shop a little longer!

1980s Levi's cut-off denim skirt
1990s dark denim pinafore

I really like all these casual pieces - they're nice for everyday running around - but I think I'll also choose something a bit different for the next shop update. Keep your eyes peeled! And, in other news, I've created a little facebook page for EllyMaggy Vintage. I'm not much of a one for social media in personal matters but I think it can be a very nice way to keep up-to-date with things that interest you. I'll be posting sales and bits and bobs about the shop, in addition to the pieces I post here, so 'like' the page, if you have facebook and you're so inclined! Thank you!

Saturday, 4 May 2013

90s summer

I've just updated the shop with the first installment of a two-part update. The sunshine has got me in the mood for summer so there are lots of useful and pretty pieces for warmer weather. They're all 90s pieces with one 70s top for good measure!

1990s daisy mini skirt
1990s dark denim pinafore

1990s rose print silk skirt
1970s block colour halterneck
1990s iris silk shift dress
1990s flock wallpaper sun dress

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Sunflower yellow

I don't usually like tampering with vintage clothing but I didn't want to lose this dress! When I was young, my family passed down old clothes to me (mainly 70s, 80s and 40s pieces) but this 50s dress was one of the first items of vintage clothing I chose for myself, on a teenage trip to Brighton. 

After years of wear, it was pretty much ruined (**I may or may not have spilt some food down the skirt!!**) and, as I didn't want to cut it in two or send it to the recycling bank, the only option was to try to dye it... and I'm really pleased I did because it's completely transformed! I'm now mentally plotting to dye quite a few pieces that I'd piled up for recycling... It's such a good way to save an old item of clothing. Some pieces might even make their way into the shop in the future. In the meantime, I have two updates planned over the next week so I'll be posting more soon!