From the age of fourteen, I have been been picking up vintage clothes and accessories. Many have been worn and enjoyed for a while, then moved on to new owners, but a few outstanding ones have been kept.
In my teens and twenties, I dressed almost entirely in antique and vintage clothes, and pieces I made myself using old fabrics and trimmings. The only new stuff I bought was footwear and jeans. Then, when it stopped looking cute on me (inevitably!), I reduced the textile museum vibe to the odd scarf, vintage jacket or bag.
Left- 1920’s beadwork and embroidery bag- Right- sequins, paste jewels and peacock feathers.