Saturday, July 13, 2013

Deco, darling!

I've been having a bit of a wardrobe crisis lately. The past year or two I've found myself moving away from 1940s vintage and gravitating more and more towards the fashions of the early to mid-1930s. Which, unfortunately, is not the easiest era of fashion when it comes to plus size. 30s pieces, especially early 30s, are rarer than 40s vintage in general - and very hard to find indeed in plus sizes. Most of the larger 30s vintage that I come across is rather matronly, which can be cute but isn't most exciting, aesthetically, to me. Also, it usually is on the pricey side.

So, in all honesty, the process of building a plus size 1930s vintage wardrobe is slow and frustrating. And more often than not, reproduction is the way to go about it - thankfully there are companies who do a most excellent job at it!

The pieces in this outfit are ones I've obtained here and there - and together they make an outfit I really, really love; one that I feel reflects where I am at the moment, style wise. They're also great, versatile stable pieces. When I came across this 30s knitted blouse during the winter, I knew I had to have it! Plus size 30s knitwear is so hard to come across and especially a summery knitted blouse. Around the same time, I also managed to find a pair of these sold out Miss L Fire deco beauties that I had fantasised about since I first saw them. In my head, I immediately started drafting an outfit around the blouse and the shoes and my matching deco style fan earrings (which are not visible in these photos). A nice, long pleated sage green dinner skirt, from a pattern circa 1930, really crowned the outfit. It was made for me by Kim of Time Machine Vintage, who is my most favourite repro dressmaker. I added a beret because I was feeling a bit Bonnie Parker.

1930s knitted sweater - Top Tottie Vintage on Etsy
1930 reproduction skirt - Time Machine Vintage on Etsy
Deco style shoes - Streamlined by Miss L Fire 
80s does 30s sunglasses - Ebay

Photography by my beloved Jirina Alanko. ♥

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Annalan varjon alla: a queer vintage photo series

Why hello!

Long time, no see. It's been a while, I know. I have been a busy bee this spring and summer with research and writing taking up my spare time, so blogging has been on the backburner this year. But I am making a bit of a cameo to show a brand new queer vintage themed photo series that Jirina Alanko and I brainstormed.

I have previously touched upon my frustrations regarding heterosexism in the vintage scene and in the history of mainstream visual culture. It can be frustrating when you're queer and really into old films and photographs, and when the massive majority of the material focuses on depicting heterosexual coupling, romance and sexuality.

So like with our previous noir themed series, Jirina and I wanted to highlight queer visibility in the vintage scene. Drawing inspiration from Finnish films of the 1930s, our attempt is reimagine the heterosexist history of romantic imagery by depicting two women enamoured with each other.

A little bit about our outfits later - meanwhile, we hope you enjoy these!




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