Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Afternoon Tease: A Vintage & Retro Fayre

There is something about vintage that just grabs people, me included. Admittedly, I don't know much about it; where to find good quality clothing, hair techniques, little DIY for the home tricks, but it is something I have been very interested in learning more about. So, I was incredibly excited to see that a vintage and retro fayre was being held in Cleethorpes!

'Afternoon Tease' was the first of its kind from the Cat's Pyjamas Burlesque Cooperative, which was established six years ago by a lovely lady who I met on Saturday, Snappy O'Shea. After overcoming initial 'growing pains', it is now the leading burlesque show in the area and regularly attracts visitors from all around. It was held at the Pier, a legendary landmark which is now a newly refurbished restaurant and nightclub (for those of you who do not know Cleethorpes!)

Unfortunately, I was still very poorly on Saturday and so I could only stay for a short while, however I would have LOVED to have stayed and had a more in-depth look around! Also, I made a rookie mistake and let my camera battery die (whoops!), but thank god for the iphone and Instagram!

One of the most appealing parts of vintage, for me, is the clothing an luckily there were plenty of stalls around that had lots of special pieces. As I said above, I do not know much about vintage shopping or what to look for in pieces, so I really did not know where to begin? However, part of me thinks that it is just the same as shopping in the modern day - you buy what you like.

To make it even easier for shoppers, there was a fashion show - I particularly like the playsuit in the picture below!

The Fletcher and Fenn fashion parade.
From the Fletcher and Fenn stall.

Lots of clothing rails and garments in vintage suitcases!

And what was great about this fayre was that some of the visitors even arrived dressed for the occasion themselves! I particularly liked looking at their hairstyles and make-up; in the past I have tried my own victory curls but it didn't quite go to plan... I do like a bit of red lipstick though!

I am a big fan of vintage in the home too - trust me, if I had a bit of disposable income, this is where my money would probably end up going! I am lucky to live in a home from the Victorian era so I think home accessories inspired by this time would be perfect! While I was there, I saw this teapot, teacup and cake stand set - perfect for vintage inspired summer weddings!

There were lots of extra little surprises taking place throughout the afternoon which, unfortunately, I missed. Visitors were treated to a jazz performance, more fashion shows and even burlesque performances (child friendly, of course!) And the event wouldn't be complete without a vintage tea party!

As you can see from the picture above, the fayre was packed! Around 600 people attended the event throughout the afternoon; I think it just shows the appeal that vintage has. Like Snappy said, there's something about the time - people being polite, dressing nicely, nostalgia - that just draws people in, and now I really can't wait for the next fayre so I can really get stuck in!

P.S: To find out more about the Cat's Pyjamas Burlesque Cooperative and upcoming events, visit their facebook page here!


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