The 1920's

Fashion in the 1920’s

After the First World War ended in 1918 woman wanted change, they had been restrained enough through the ‘make do and mend’ years of the war.

By 1920 magazines showing new fashions became available, adverts appeared in newspapers selling patterns to make your own clothes. Department stores produced catalogues so that people could have clothes delivered to their doors.

Cotton was used less as new fabrics were being produced such as silk and rayon, they came in bold colours, woman wanted these bright and cheerful clothes after the drab years of war.

Corsets were abandoned for lighter more comfortable fitting underwear, bra’s were little more than a bust bodice. Big busted girls bandaged their busts flat as the fashionable boyish look took hold.

Hemlines rose from the ankle to above the knee so legs became more visible, thinner stockings became the fashion. Accessories were coordinated, bag, shoes, gloves and ladies always wore a hat!

Cloche hats became the fashion, which were a very close fit to the head and could only be worn over SHORT hair! So the SHORT BOB was reintroduced. Although hair had been worn that way in Roman times and had appeared through history in various era’s, it was now back! totally essential under a cloche hat.

When girls went out for the evening, having removed their hats they wore bands around their short hair for decoration, some were decorated with sparkly beads or tiny flowers or just plain bands made of a glittery material. At this time finger waving was introduced to make the hair itself more decorative.

When people think of the so called “Roaring 20’s” they imagine flapper girls dancing the Charleston. Hemlines rose, bust got flatter and hair was cut short. Women wanted anything that was new and exciting to try to forget the war years and at last be able to go out and enjoy themselves.

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Rockabilly

Rockabilly

We often hear folk using the term Rockabilly but do we know where the term originates from?

In the USA in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s the southern state of Tennessee was at the heart of country and western music, often known as “Hillbilly Music” because people came from the surrounding hills to Nashville, the capital, to play and listen to the music.

At the start of the 1950’s single artist and groups in the USA also started playing “Rock” music. Within a short while they were playing a combination of Rock and Country and Western (Hillbilly) and so by the mid 50’s ROCKABILLY Music was formed. It only spanned a few years as in the 60’s Pop music took over, but during those few years many legendary records were made.
Here are a few:-

Bill Hayley:-            Rock Around the Clock     1955
Gene Vincent:-       Be-Bop-A-Lula.                 1956
Elvis Presley:-         Blue Suede Shoes.           1956
Buddy Holly:-         Peggy Sue.                        1958
Eddie Cochran:-    C’mon Everybody.              1959

Everyone has heard of Elvis “The King”, the older generation will have heard of the other artist. Younger people will recognise the songs even if they don’t know who recorded them, but few will realise that they, amongst many other records were the songs that started ROCKABILLY music.
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1960's Music The Beatles

Beatlemania ! ….. X

John, Paul, George and Ringo – Ordinary names ( well perhaps not Ringo), I could have written Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr, it would have made no difference as everyone would know who they were! Four young lads from humble beginnings living in Liverpool in the late fifties who came together through their love of making music.

 

They earned a “few bob” during 1961 by playing in the Cavern Club in Liverpool. For anyone who hasn’t visited the Cavern Club, it is not large, plush and expensive but small, dark and dingy, yet it became famous for being the place they were discovered by Brian Epstein who became their manager.

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On 17th October 1962 they appeared to the nation on British Television (black and white of course) in their matching suits with round necks, no lapels or double breasted as in previous era’s! And they had “Long Hair” cut so strangely, no short back and sides. In actual fact they caused a sensation by looking so unconventional !! and their music, well, nothing like it had ever been heard before!

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Young men grew their hair to have it styled like them, young girls screamed and danced to their music, photo’s of them took over all the teen magazines and they became headline news in the papers – and so was the birth of “BEATLEMANIA”.

 

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Vintage Hair & Makeup

Vintage Hair & Makeup Workshops…. X

Pinaglis Vintage tearooms in Thundersley Essex was the latest venue for Betty’s Rock & Rollers Vintage hair & Makeup workshop. 10 ladies gathered to try out their skills at vintage hair & makeup. We started with makeup, its always fun when it gets onto the eyeliner flicks! Victory rolls and pin curls were next up with the ladies practising on themselves and also helping each other, and last on the menu was a cup of tea and the hugest slice of cake, well we deserved it after all that hard work! Always a lovely bunch of ladies and we have lots of fun wordpress pic 1 wordpress pic 2 Looking forward to the next one… X

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Rockabilly

New Rockabilly Shop Essex ….. X

Well…. how many of you living in the Essex area have felt the need to travel to London or Brighton to find some exciting Repro 1950’s Rockabilly clothes and accessories? well look no further… A Delightful little shop called Rockamilly has opened up in the heart of Rochford Essex, I had the pleasure of being invited to the opening of the shop on Sat 16th of May. With a warm welcome by proprietor Kirsty, the shop was buzzing with people. With the 1950’s music playing on the jukebox  I felt absorbed by the atmosphere and the great selection of colourful clothes and accessories, If you are into the 50’s Rockabilly scene a visit is a must! …. X

25 West Street, Rochford, Essex, SS41BE

http://www.rockamilly.com

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Vintage Hen Parties

Vintage Hen Weekends…. X

Well… this weekend my stylist Maddison and myself had the pleasure of visiting the Happy Days Retro vacations campsite. Set in the beautiful countryside of Suffolk but not far from the coast sits this quirky retro site with several super airstream 1950’s caravans. A warm welcome awaited us from the proprietors Kevin & Jenni clearly passionate about their homely abode. Our reason for arriving was to spend the afternoon priming and styling 13 lovely ladies for a 50’s Hen party organised by the amazing Hope & Glorious vintage. We set to work in our fab retro salon for the afternoon ( usually the campsites reception). On went the 50’s music and the ladies arrived in their pairs and the salon came alive with victory rolls eyeliner flicks and laughter, meanwhile in the shelter the girls were having fun with afternoon teas & making crafty hair flowers to compliment there hair do’s, then glammed up the girls happily posed for shots for memories for keeps. What a warm and inviting setting I shall certainly be returning, cant wait! ….  X

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Vintage Wedding

Vintage Wedding Button Bouquets…. X

I love the idea of the vintage style button bouquets rather than having flowers what an eye catching idea. One of my wedding clients a few years ago asked each of her invited guests to send back alongside their RSVP a button or two out of their sewing box, the bride then made her bridesmaids and herself button bouquets for the wedding day, she even colour coordinated them.. and they looked stunning…. X

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