Britain really does love vintage at the moment, don’t you think? You can’t move 5 yards in East London without falling over a vintage clothes stall or pop-up vintage market in a pub basement. Wearing old clothes (which used to be called plain old second-hand) has really caught on.
The Southbank must agree as they’ve set up a ‘Britain Loves Vintage’ Tumblr blog to promote the ‘Vintage at Southbank’ Festival (which last year was Vintage at Goodwood). They’ve got a Flickr group where you can submit photos: the best 51 will be displayed in a slideshow at the Royal Festival Hall, and the best one will get a pair of tickets to the Festival.
It’s a competition worth entering as full price tickets are £60 a day, a bit steep for a festival without camping (and you have to pay extra to see the evening music line-ups). Although according to the website it will ‘celebrate musical, fashion, film, art, design and cultural lineages, from the 1920s to the 1980s’, so that’s less than £10 a decade. It’s a bargain if you put it that way.
This is my favourite image from the Tumblr at the moment. Think it needs some more vintage dresses/outfits on there though.
Vintage Cadbury’s biscuits tin, by H is for Home on Flickr
If you are going down to the Royal Festival Hall you really have to visit the Museum of 51 exhibition. It’s free and totally brilliant. I’ve paid for exhibitions that have much less amazing content.
The best thing is a a patchwork quilt of events from the 100 years between the Great Exhibition of 1851 to the Festival of Britain in 1951, each square stitched by a different woman. I’ll have to try and get a photo of it next time I’m down there as it’s truly incredible.