Besame Cosmetics: Discover the Vintage Makeup Used in “The Artist”

“The Artist” struck cinemagoers with a bold take on the history of silent cinema by telling a stylised version of the arrival of dialogue-driven ‘talkies’. Watch closely and you might just catch a glimpse of a tin of Crimson Rouge vintage makeup, which is actually made by modern vintage cosmetics brand Besame Cosmetics. Besame Cosmetics 1938 Crimson … Read more

Karolina Zebrowska Talks “Real Women – Beauty Through The Decades”

Karolina Zebrowska became a Youtube sensation in 2015 with her hugely-successful video ‘Real Women – Beauty Through the Decades’ that conveyed a simple but powerful message on how we view the past. In just two minutes she debunked the popular idea that past decades were always glamorous – with vintage enthusiasts choosing to focus on … Read more

You Could Wear Shoes Made for 1920s Hollywood Stars

foxtrot vintage 1920s shoes

Vintage shoes by the great Salvatore Ferragamo made for stars of Hollywood’s golden age are to be re-released as a capsule collection by his high-end brand alongside an exhibition of the work he performed in Santa Barbara, California, between 1915 and 1927. The original 1920s shoes were made for the likes of Clara Bow, Rita Hayworth, … Read more

Controversial 1920s Speedos to Feature in New V&A Museum

1920s speedo swimsuit

A pioneering swimsuit design that caused outrage almost a century ago is to be displayed in the V&A’s new museum in Dundee, Scotland, opening September 15, 2018. The Speedo “racerback” costume for men was produced in the 1920s when swimsuits were made out of wool and had sleeves for greater concealment of the body. The … Read more

Silk Top Hats are the Bitcoin of Antiques

Antique top hat

Few accessories seem quite as evocative as the silk top hat. As the essential headwear of Victorian gentlemen and a modern statement of aristocratic wealth, the silk top hat now faces a sad decline as the few limited examples large enough to fit modern heads mean the style is set to become even more exclusive. … Read more

Recreating the Grande Descente of an Ocean Liner

V&A exhibition Ocean Liners Speed and Style recreates grande descente of fashion 1920s eveningwear

The luxurious staircase that formed a quintessential part of every elite 20th Century ocean liner was a profound showcase for the outfits of fashionable patrons. The V&A recreated this event in its exhibition Ocean Liners: Speed and Style with a projection of figures descending a mockup staircase in replica 1920s couture eveningwear. For many passengers the … Read more