I have been anticipating the Fifties Fair at Rose Seidler House for quite some time, and I was thrilled to finally be all done up with my petticoat squashed into the passenger seat on my way to the fair. My best friend Bella and I had spent several hours pinning our hair and fastening our garter belts in preparation for this intense vintage experience, so it was with glee that we caught our first glimpses of victory rolls and cat eye glasses.
The fair was a glorious experience as per usual! Though the weather was a little schizophrenic, the crowd had cleverly accessorised with frilly umbrellas and parasols, so no hairdos suffered. Everybody was startlingly well-dressed, making the competition for the best-dressed quite cut-throat. It was hair flowers and seam stockings at every turn. Rose Seidler House was a stunning background to all the gossiping rockabilly girls and swing dancers. It was worth the inconvenience of removing your shoes to take a little tour around the house and drool over the furniture.
Rockabilly bands played all day, making me impatient to perfect my swing dancing (I’m on my second class!). A gorgeous rockabilly boy in a leather jacket asked me to dance before the parade, and I wish I could have said yes, but alas, my inadequate grasp of the lindy hop impeded on this pleasure!
Ok, here are the photos! They are predominately stolen from various internet sources, and I shall credit where possible (I admit I don’t quite recall where most are from).
Bella and I before packing off to the fair.
The outfit in all its splendour!
Posing with one of the girls I met in the parade, Coco (what a perfect 50s name!)
Some of the swing dancers!
Walking in the best-dressed parade! ’twas quite a moment.
My adorable friends Jesse and Tim competing for best-dressed couple.
The best-dressed contenders. (Taken from the North Shore Times)
My outfit credentials:
Dress – vintage, bought in Camden Passage, London (I think it’s early 60s, but I took down the hem)
Sunglasses – vintage 50s, bought at “The Emporium” in Greenwich, London
Jewellery – vintage 50s, bought at “Retrospeed” in Newtown, Sydney
Gloves – vintage, bought at “Retrospeed” in Newtown, Sydney
Handbag – vintage, bought at “Shag” in Paddington, Sydney
Seamed Stockings – authentic 50s, bought at “Grandma Takes a Trip” in Surry Hills, Sydney
Shoes – “Heyraud”, bought in Paris
’twas a wondrous fifties celebration! I’m already scouring Etsy for next year’s outfit.
For more photos, stalk this gallery and try to remain calm.