It would be very difficult for me to write anything but a glowing review for this book, you might say. Not only am I on the cover of said book, I feature inside it alongside my best friends, and indeed, the book is the baby of one of these gals.
Style Me Vintage: Clothes, is the the third in the Style Me Vintage series, the first focussed on hair and the second, make up. This edition is all about the clothes, and there is no better person to write about vintage clothing than Naomi Thompson, the personal shopper with an expert eye and avid collector of all things pretty and old.
What Naomi set out to do with this book, is create something that is not only as beautiful to look at as our favourite vintage frocks, but a really useful and informative guide that anyone who is making their first steps into vintage can really use. Not only has Naomi achieved this, but she has also made a brilliant reference guide for those of us who already consider ourselves experts to some degree or another.
The book features a mixture of stock photos and beautifully shot images of models handpicked by Naomi (including the entire Vintage Mafia). It was great fun watching Naomi in her element choosing outfits for us all to create the perfect looks that she wanted to showcase. The book also features reproduction clothing which I think is really great, as the average vintage gal relies on a good bit of repro from time to time.
Style Me Vintage tells us all about how styles were influenced by what was going on in the world at the time and seeing the spectrum of changing styles from the 1920s - 1980s is really fascinating. One of my favourite things about the book is that all the colourful and beautiful prints in the background of the pages are actually close-up photographs of fabric from vintage garments owned by Naomi. It is the detail like this that makes the book such a pleasure to read.
Just for fun, here is a sneeky peak of some pictures of yours truly modelling for the 1950s:
The book has already sold out on Amazon (huzzzah!) but you can get your moon-manicured fingers on one here.
Well done Naomi, I couldn't be a prouder cover girl! I only wish this beautiful book had been around when I was just beginning my vintage adventure....
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