Category Archives: 1920’s

1920’s Replica Beaded Flapper Dresses!

Its taken a huge amount of organinsing but I’m very pleased to announce that our 1920’s replica dress site Leluxe Clothing UK is live!  We’re the UK and European arm of Leluxe Clothing in LA and becoming retailer and wholesaler for these dresses is a dream come true….I wore one for my own wedding day 3 years ago and have been fixated by them since.  I’m passionate about these high quality beaded dresses and very proud to be promoting them this side of the pond.  So please….do pop over to the Leluxe Clothing UK Website and download the brochure.

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1920’s Themed Hen or Birthday Parties at ‘The Daffodil’

I’m now offering fascinator workshops at the Art Deco gem of a venue The Daffodil in Cheltenham for hen parties and birthday parti.  Click here for more details on my Clara Bows Millinery Website.  You’ll create a fascinator, have Afternoon tea or a three course meal at the venue on vintage Art Deco china courtesy of Vintage Tea Sets in this truly outstanding venue.  You could even make a whole day of it dress up 1920’s style,  and learn how to Charleston courtesy of Charleston Dance.

The Daffodil is an award winning conversion from a 1920’s Art Deco picture house into a unique and dramatic setting that retains many original Art Deco features and to top it off it has a stylish À la Carte restaurant!  With sweeping staircases and views to wow from mezzanine Circle Bar, The Daffodil is perfect for your party, as well as wedding ceremonies and receptions.  Check out this amazing wedding on ‘Steve Gerrards Photography Blog’ that took place at the Daffodil. Just stunning!  Those pictures really do this gorgeous venue justice!

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The Hobbs Best of Bristol Show on June 19th 2010

Another interesting week here at Vintage Tea Sets & Clara Bows!  I thought I’d share my millinery escapades from Monday.  It was was one of the most exciting Mondays ever.  Mondays are commonly dreaded and rightfully so, but this was the type of Monday I want to replicate again and again.  At 8am I was buzzing around Park Row in Bristol in the Hobbs Hair salon getting one of my models ready for the press launch for the Hobbs Best of Bristol Show . Radio and TV crews were all buzzing around and Doug from Hobbs the organiser was working the room like a model himself lol! Well amidst the sea of models, make up artists, hair stylists, designers and a few celebs like Beth Rowley, I was feeling the pressure having to get my size 6 model in a size 14 dress (thanks to Gilly Woo who sewed her in for me) with only minutes to spare but here she is posing for the forthcoming brochure.

Tickets are on sale now for this really exciting event packed with dancers and performers, its a real show, taking place on the 19th June 2010 at the Colston Hall in Bristol, to book your tickets click here. all profits go to Meningitis UK, a very worthy cause. So where do I fit in you’re wondering?  Well my hats will be showcased in front of 1800 people in a 1920’s section I’ll be styling, even picking the tunes they strut too….no pressure at all then!

Anyway, back to the hat,  here’s a bit of a reportage shot from my kanckered old camera of the lovely Claire Beard aka Clara B (fortuitous name!).  I’m bringing back some very vintage styles, all can be replicated in a vast array of colours…..I’ve wanted a skull cap cloche for years and finally….here’s one I made earlier.  Enjoy x

A taster of what to expect at the show!

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Vintage Tea Sets in BBC Antiques & Homes

This is just too darn exciting for words…..my wedding back in August last year is part of a vintage wedding feature in BBC Antiques & Homes! plus Vintage Tea Sets gets a lovely recommendation in there as well.  This magazine holds a special place for me, they’re based in Bristol (cider me up landlord) where I’m based and also the vintage and antique fabulousness they impart on the nation month after month gives me goosebumps, the Antiques Roadshow is in there…….Amen!

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1920’s wedding dress consultations with Lindsay Fleming

Ladies! Lindsay Fleming, the extremely talented wedding dress designers are travelling to London town all the way from their Scottish hub for consultations with brides who are looking for the ‘twenties’ style wedding dress.  Trust me, being a 1920’s addict, they’re dresses are to be lusted over with good reason…..plus you may have seen one of their dresses recently in ‘you and your wedding’, thats a snapshot at the top of the page.

so, notebooks to the ready,  they’ll be at the ‘Dolphin House Apartments’, Chichester Street, Pimlico, London from the 26th to the 28th of March.  These designers are hot to trot and are going to get booked up fast so get in contact with them asap.

Check out the details on their website here

You may remember me talking about them recently.  I love their collection so much, so Rosie Parsons and I included these stunning dresses in a 1920’s Bridal shoot soon to appear in a wedding magazine, whoooo hooo! Once again a special thanks to Rosie Parsons (www.rosieparsons.com), and make-up by Sarah Brock (www.sarahbmakeup.co.uk). Here are a couple of pics from the shoot. Find the complete shoot here.

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Introducing my 1920’s Millinery Website – Clara Bows

Its official launch isn’t until June this year but here’s a taster, I need to photograph all my hats and fascinators which is easier said that done at the minute (a good chunk are with a magazine which is another story!) so for now there’s some old pics on there .  Excuses excuses! check out my very flapperesque website Clara Bows Millinery (make sure you click on the gramophone!) created by the wonderful Rosie & Lee.  They’ve done an amazing job, thanks guys x

This website will be selling hats I make, giving details on how to order a bespoke hat from me and of course, details on my fascinator workshops (with lots of pictures showing them in progress).  I’ve been selling hats now for well over a year, no promotion at all but still getting at least a couple of orders a month usually people who stumble on me via the web or who stop me in the street.  I’ve been given my own millinery section in the Bristol Fashion Show later in the year.  I’m excited, nervous and honoured all at once about that, I’m busily making my six key pieces……six pieces that I’ve wanted to make for years heavily influenced by the 1920’s, its a creative indulgence and I’ve had to up my skills to create these pieces where the practices needed to make them have almost died out.  And two of these pieces wouldn’t be possible If it wasn’t for a lady with over 50 years in the business making hats for Royalty  passing on her skills as I couldn’t find anyone else up to the job.  All the feedback I’ve had from customers has been incredible but whilst I was growing Vintage Tea Sets I kept this in the background, and lets face it I’m very very busy with the china hire business!  But with the support of my lovely Mum – together we make an amazing team – she blocks the hats for me, makes those lovely vinyl cakes stands that just keep flying off the shelves and helping get big orders together.

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1920’s Wedding Shoot Styled by Vintage Tea Sets

On Monday and Tuesday earlier this week I (Vintage Tea Sets) styled this gorgeous 1920’s inspired Bridal Photo Shoot.  Here’s a tiny snapshot of what the very talented photographer Rosie Parsons captured on the Tuesday, on the Monday we were at a secret location shhhhhh! More to come on that.  She’s done an amazing job yet again and I cannot rate her wedding photography highly enough.

I’ll be blogging more on the detail shortly, the dresses, head pieces etc with a special thanks to all those suppliers, all to come.  But initially I’d like to thank Floriture and Bella & Fifi for the beautiful flowers, Award Winning Make up Artist Sarah Brock and Becky Simpson from Hair by Becks @ Thairapy Bristol.  Not to mention Combe House for letting us shoot there.  Now enjoy these gorgeous images!

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