Thursday, 27 May 2010
Penny for a flower
I recieved some amazing presents, including Tim Walker's photography book which I have been lusting after for months. After reading it I've decided I want to spend my life taking pictures like his! Seeing his his work is like looking at dreams mixed with childhod adventure. I also got Richard Avedon's book - he is one of the photography greats.
Anyway, part of my birthday involved an 'M.G.M Starlets' morning, organised by a family friend - complete with silk pyjamas and delicious brunch (cupcakes to die for!) I think this year I have found my own fairy godmother. As well as organising this fantastic morning this wonderful person also gave me a Chanel dress. Yes, Chanel! I was completely flabbergasted (in the best possible way.)
It is currently sitting on my mannequin, as though it has already taken on its own life.. And I shall showcase it on the blog asap.
Anyway, that forties film star morning was the inspiration behind this post - the beautiful technicolour effect in films such as 'The Red Shoes' and 'The Wizard of Oz' gave me the idea for some very colourful photos.
This gorgeous dress is Betty Barclay - another wonderful British brand I've accidently started collecting. I bought it at a vintage fair in Bath. If I had more money, then oh the things I would have bought from that stall! However among all the bold colours and fur coats, I noticed this nestled away.
I like the fact it is one part Scarlett O'Hara, one part Covent Garden flower girl (from My Fair Lady.) It has this great row of buttons up the front, which although laborious to do up, look perfect once finished. It also came with the original fabric covered belt, a detail I always appreciate.
I put an underskirt underneath to get the volume..
The sun hat is vintage Laura Ashley I bought from a charity shop and the little black vanity case was from my grandma. My mum bought the shoes today from a charity shop for £1! I leapt on them the minute I saw them. Funnily enough, I used to hate wedges and have suddenly had a change of heart and embraced them. And for five or so inch heels, these are surprisingly comfortable.
My mum took the photos this time - we went to a nearby field full of buttercups. I love all these vibrant colours of late spring - all around the gardens have sprung up in full bloom.
So as this is a rather film oriented post- do you have any favourite vintage films? I love Funny Face, and the much mentioned Red Shoes at the moment. I'd love to hear suggestions and opinions!
Oh & I forgot to say in the last post, thank you for all your supportive comments on my photography!
Edit: I'm now away for a few days, but I'll look forward to catching up when I get back!