Fifties Fair 2012

I think the Fifties Fair sent me into vintage hibernation for awhile. The day is so intensely aesthetically pleasing, it always seems to take some time to recover. I think this is why I didn’t end up making it to the Sydney Love Vintage fair on the weekend – a girl can only take so many novelty print swing frocks (“blasphemy”, I hear you all cry).

There were some fabulous photos taken on the day, but being a terribly lax blogger, I’m not responsible for any of these. So rather than post photos of the fair myself, I’ll just direct you to some picture-laden posts put up by some others in the blogosphere. Although if they’ll allow me the photo thievery, I’ll show you some of the ladies I met in my travels.

I had the pleasure of meeting Trish of Quiet Vintage Sewing at the fair, whose blog I’ve quietly stalked for awhile now. Her posts on the fair are here and here. You can spot my wildly-dressed friend Laurel in the second post too – she’ll be the one who looks exactly like me.

I also met the lovely Bex, who writes Subversive Lesbian Anarchic Femme (yay for vintage/queer politics crossovers). You can read her post on the fair here, featuring some excellent swing dancing action shots. As a side note, I’m also looking forward to witnessing more of Bex’s ensembles at Sydney Femme Guild events, which she organises – oh, the frocked up femmes.

I was officially introduced to Bec of Black Swan’s Pond at the fair, who I actually had a run-in with at swing dancing classes a month or two ago. Apart from just generally looking picturesque, Bec also played swing dancing partner matchmaker, and made sure I managed to lindy hop at the fair after all. She put up an exhaustive three posts on the fair on her blog: here, here and here. You can spot me in the second and third posts, plus Johnny and June are in there somewhere too. Here she is dancing with Amanda, also from my swing class:

The Old Hat posse was out in full force: the glam Renata from Hepcat Vintage wrote a post here, Johnny and June were their usual adorable selves, Sarah of Chronicles of an Eccentric came in a pretty red frock, and put up three posts on the day (here, here and here), Emma of Emma Aime made an appearance with her husband Simon, and oh, just so very many people.

In a final act of photo thievery, here’s a photo of Bec’s that I love (“is that really what my hair looks like from the back?”):

And now for the official outfit shot, taken as all good outfit shots are, by my mother:

1950s frock Grandma Takes a Trip | Capelet Gumboots | Ribbon belt Lincraft | 1950s cane bag somewhere in the Newtown vintage wonderland | 1950s hat Alexandria Antiques Centre | 1950s necklace Grandma Takes a Trip | 1950s gloves Glebe

It’ll probably take me a year to prepare for next year. Thank god it’s only an annual affair – I couldn’t take any more than that.


Filed under Fairs, Vintage Events

13 responses to “Fifties Fair 2012

  1. Ah, too pretty! Loving the pics – and can’t wait to have a nosey on over to the other ladies’ blogs 🙂

  2. Wow! What a thorough summary of the days happenings! I’m a bit saddened I did get to hang out with you all some more, perhaps at the next Old Hat event (any news on when/what that’ll be?) If I didn’t tell you on the day, you looked truly marvellous! I love that photo from the behind, it’s very sweet!
    p.s. Thank you for featuring my posts 🙂 x

  3. Thanks so much for the mention Ms Michelle. I am embarassed that I look like a crazy bag lady in that photo. But it was cold so I needed the cardi, and it was easier to wear that hat than to carry it, even though it doesent really match the dress. And I needed my plastic shopping bag for all my junk and I had to show off my brand new lucite/metal handbag, which I had just bought. But the whole effect is rather jarring! You however look perfect! It was lovely to meet you too and thank you for stalking my blog.

  4. This is just so wonderful!! You are so lucky to have such an event to attend! And I simply ADORE that cape you have on!


  5. joanna

    I wish we had something as fabulous as this around where I live. Lovely pictures:)

  6. OMG I saw you there and thought you were one of the most beautiful ladies there! 🙂

  7. this is one of the best 50s outfits i’ve seen for a while. fabulous!

  8. thanks for this inspiring post about this fair. it took a little while to check out all those links you added but it was totally worth it 🙂 … sadly we don’t have fairs like this in germany.

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