Vintage clothing treasure seeking

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On Sunday my sis and lovely cousin Emma braved the grimness that is Hammersmith’s King Street on an early Sunday morning (scary drunken letches in abundance if you’re wondering) to trawl through the treasures which fill the beautiful Hammersmith Town Hall when the London Vintage Fashion Fair comes to town.  Over the years I’ve found pieces I now treasure – like the vintage 1950s black lace dress I wore as a bridesmaid at my best friend’s wedding to a lipstick red cotton summer dress that is dusted down for parties year after year not to mention the countless pieces of antique lace, textiles and beading which my tiny flat is slowly being buried under…

The fairs take place every five to six weeks when around 100 leading vintage fashion dealers come together under one roof to share their incredible treasure trove spanning almost 200 years’ of fashion. You can find everything from retro sunglasses, Edwardian lace up ankle boots to lace trimmings, textiles and some of the most incredible pieces of clothing, much of it in really good condition.  Over the years I’ve seen the likes of Alice Temperley, Erdem and Net a Porter’s Natalie Massanet all rummaging around for something special (I have to stop myself from stalking them round the rooms to see what they end up buying)

Flapper dresses

It’s best to give yourself a good few hours to get round all the sellers, getting there early helps too, most of the fairs start at 8am for the seriously hardcore.  And if you get peckish there’s a little cafe which dishes up proper bacon sandwiches and builder’s tea…

The next fair is on 17th June at Hammersmith Town Hall (£5 to get in after 10am)Go to http://www.pa-antiques.co.uk/londonvintagefashionfair.html to get the full list of upcoming dates

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