Art Deco & 1920s Fashion Plates
- By the 1920s, the fashion world was dominated by French haute couture.
Designers such as
Coco Chanel blossomed into fame in the mid-1920s, and other favourites of the fashion magazines included Lanvin, Jean Patou, Molyneux, Doucet, Cheruit, Doeillet, Redfern, the great Paul Poiret, and also fabric designers such as Bianchini-Ferrier.
Art deco fashion - Clothes from the1930s
- Clothes drooped downwards along with the economy. Hair
got longer, hat brims descended over one eye, necklines were draped in
monastic cowls, shoulders sloped with soft capes, and skirts flopped limply
in unpressed pleats.
Collecting Fashion Magazines
- A collection of fashion magazines from the 1950s can tell you a lot, not
only about the clothes, but also about the way some people lived, in one of
the forgotten decades of the century.
Georgian & Regency Rings & Jewellery
In the century or so between 1714 and 1830, spanned by four consecutive kings named George, finger rings were worn by most
people regardless of class or rank.
Vintage Fashion - Vintage clothes from a bygone era
- Fashion from the 1950s and 1960s was concerned with silhouette, the shape
and the look. Fashion designers from those eras were conscious of the female
body and of construction of the garment - the cut of a jacket's shoulder or
Sixties Fashion - Clothes from the1960s
- The 1960s were years of great social upheaval and cultural change. Both
were reflected in the ever-changing world of women's fashion, where the
centre of gravity switched from Paris to London.
Vintage Buckles, shoe buckles and belt buckles
- Dress buckles were vital accessories in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Their great variety and interest, not to mention their availability and
relative cheapness, makes them an excellent subject for the modern
Ladies Dress Watch
- For ladies, the wristwatch was designed not only as a
practical and accurate timepiece but also as a fashion accessory studded
with stones of great value.
Classic Wrist Watch
- The leading makers between the wars included such famous names as Patek Philippe, Rolex, Cartier, Vacheron Constantin and Audemars Piguet who all produced an astonishing number of case and dial designs. Rolex, moreover, was in the forefront with technological advances.
Classic Pocket Watch
- Watches provide a very rewarding area for the
collector. Those dating from the Victorian period are quite widely available
and can be found at reasonable prices. The many different kinds of fob watch
can form a beautiful collection.
The kimono is one of the most famous expressions of Japanese culture. The
origins of the garment go back more than a thousand years, but it took its
present form only in the 18th century.
History of the Sewing Machine
- The idea for a sewing machine was around for a long time before a good
working model was launched; within 50 years it went from being a status
symbol to a workaday object.
Quilts and Covers
- Women have long used their needlework skills to turn
out warm and attractive bedcovers and quilts in a variety of traditional
patterns that have passed from mother to daughter and have also crossed the
Motoring and Cycling Gear
To deal with the problem of dust in summer motorists wore a loose-fitting,
light dust coat of alpaca, silk or holland. They were in white, grey or fawn and had sleeves with an elasticated inner cuff or sealed by means of straps.
- Plentiful supplies of gold, silver and precious stones
and an unbroken tradition stretching back more than 1,000 years made
19th-century India a treasure house of jewellery.
1920s Hair Accessories
- Victorian and Edwardian ladies boasted hairstyles that reflected the essentially gentle, passive nature of their lives. They generally had long hair, elaborately styled in complex twists, rolls and turns, that would not take too readily to frenzied activity.