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Avid thrifter and vintage clothes wearer. Love 1960s and early 1970s styles. Partial to Art Nouveau, Pre-Raphaelite, Victorian, Renaissance and Medieval art. Former art historian. Current packrat. On a continual quest for good-looking, comfortable vegan shoes. Bhangra dancer since 2002. Fascinated by all things Indian. Vegan and animal advocate. 

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Court jester meets D'Artagnan in Brighton

Every time I come to London, I make sure to visit Brighton. This time my motivation was the exhibition Biba and Beyond: Barbara Hulanicki at the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery.

1970s Seymour Fox coat, can’t recall where I acquired this. 1970s hat, Judy’ Affordable Vintage Sale, London, 2011. Fleur boots, new from Vegetarian Shoes, Brighton. Bag, purchased new in the 1990s and painted by me. After trawling the vintage shops, A. and I went to The Prince George pub and had the vegan Sunday Roast. The mushroom, tarragon and cashew nut Wellington with sides (no Yorkshire pudding this time) was tasty but filling. I can now say that I fully comprehend the meaning of the British term, ‘stodge.’

Resisting the urge to fall into a food-induced coma. Dress, thrifted from Boomerang, Cambridge, MA. 1950s reversible man’s waistcoat, thrifted by my brother in the 1970s. Bastar metal necklace from India. 1970s moon face pendant, purchased in the 1970s. Amber bead necklace, owned for decades. 1930s Bakelite brooch, owned for decades.  I’ve been wearing this thrifted 1990s embroidered and patchwork dress a lot on this trip.

I might wear it like this in the summer, but would but would put a bit of color, like a red scarf, near my face so I don’t look jaundiced. Even though the bodice is a horrid mustard color (which makes my skin look green) and is not very well made, it has a quasi-medieval, 'court-jester' style that I love. The skirt part looks like it’s made of men’s ties (which gives me an idea of what to do with vintage men’s ties).

Jacket thrifted from Raspberry Beret, Cambridge, MA. M & S leggings purchased new in the 1990s. 1970s hat, Judy’s Affordable Vintage Sale, London, purchased in 2011. Restricted Barricade non-leather boots, Berk’s Shoes, Cambridge, MA., discounted. Medieval-inspired bead and silver pendant necklace made by me in the 1980s. Lac bangle given to me by a friend’s mother in Mumbai. in 2003.

In Birmingham, I wore a long-sleeved red thermal underwear shirt underneath. I like the pops of red at the neckline and cuffs.

I'll post about the Biba exhibition at a later date.

I'm joining the gang over at Not Dead Yet Style's Visible Monday.

Reader Comments (10)

I do love the velvet jacket, and I don't see that it turn you funny colors : > Great red boots too. Thanks for sharing it all with Visible Monday and have a lovely week.

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPatti @ NotDeadYet Style

Goodness me that court jester dress with the striped tights and velvet jacket is utterly gorgeous and I'm drooling over the mass of necklaces you're wearing whilst tucking into your British stodge! Your legs are just stunning. I want to see that Biba exhibition! xxx

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVix

The Biba exhibition sounds right up my street! And so is your dress and jacket combination, I especially like it with the red accents.
Can't beat a bit of British comfort food, it's traditional to stuff one's face here, you know! xxxx

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpastcaring

I think the dress is gorgeous! My favorite look is with the jacket and the hat! Really a cool look!

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJeannie

I love that dress, and the idea for a men's tie dress is something I'd love to see and I bet you could do it.
You forgot to show us the painted purse up close, I'm dying to see it!

Looking forward to the exhibit!

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoni

I love the embroidered dress with the ties bottom. Most dresses/ skirts I've seen made from ties just look homely. But this one looks really good and well integrated. But perhaps they're not ties, per se, just cut in that shape. Anyway your whole ensemble looks spot on.

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpao

That's a cool dress and I like the different ways you've styled it. I love the history of all the different accessories too. A Biba exhibit?!! I would love that. You are so lucky.

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJean at Dross into Gold

WOW! I love this outfit! - especially with the M&S leggings in the last two stylings. You are too cool!

November 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

How fresh that little dress looks on you! The red (or other flattering color) would finish the look as well. Like the olive tights the best, as the stripes beneath the pointed hem is a little costume-referential if that's not your goal. What a great bargain and find!

November 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJan Graham-McMillen

You wear this well! I especially like the dress with the blue jacket - it helps ground all the patterns and colors. And I love the way you layer your necklaces. I'm trying to build up more pieces that can be layered like that. It's fun to see how the textures and colors work together.

November 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVal Sparkle

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