The Norwich Fashion Photoshoots: Shoot One
The count down has well and truly begun. We are now less than a month away to what looks set to be yet another exciting week of fashion for Norwich. At the end of the week last year, it was decided that keeping the fashion momentum alive with photoshoots would be a great idea and if you follow us on Facebook and Twitter you’ll have seen some great images being shared. So now we are well and truly counting sleeps (there are 22 by the way!) Let’s go through and look these shoots which have been getting quite a lot of attention!
Shoot 1 : Tomorrow Was Yesterday
Norwich has one of the best vintage scenes in the country and shoot one was definitely a celebration of fashion through history. From 50s frocks to 80s gowns, the Elm Hill area was turned in to an outside studio and after a very grey start which had the team considering a ‘plan B’ the weather cleared and we think something pretty amazing was captured.
Why buy vintage?
You can often get quite a bit for your money when it comes to vintage, whether its a whole outfit or just the odd accessory. We looked at evening wear for this shoot and if you like turn up to an event and feel unique, then vintage could provide the individuality you seek.
What went on behind the scenes?
All photography by Adrian Farr
Tips for buying vintage
Vintage is often smaller than the sizing we know today. There can be a huge difference, so if you’re usually a size 10, don’t be surprised if you try a vintage dress with a size 14 on the label and it fits like a glove. Don’t get hung up on the number on that label. It’s just a number.
When shopping for vintage it can really help to know your body measurements, which is a much more reliable way to know if that dream garment will fit you than looking at the size label (see above!)
Try things on. It’s much better to try things on if you can. Like any shopping trip, it’s always best to dress in things that can easily be slipped off or something thin than you can try things over (useful if you’re shopping at vintage fairs where changing rooms might not be readily available)
Just because you can get it on, doesn’t mean it fits… Vintage seams have history, they can sometimes be fragile. This doesn’t mean the item isn’t wearable, but it does mean that you need to consider the fact that if it’s so tight you can hardly breathe you will be pretty uncomfortable and should you decide that you do actually fancy some air in your lungs, that you may risk bursting at the seams…
Check the fabric. Hold items up to the light, this is the best way to notice flaws. These clothes probably won’t be perfect, but have a look for holes, plucks and pulls in fabric and be sure that you can either live with it or repair it. Check zips are in good order and look out for lose buttons, issues with either isn’t a problem and can be fixed, but make sure it’s on your radar so you can make any repairs before you want to wear it. Don’t put off tightening up buttons with a few quick stitches. It’s both annoying and sad when you lose one button that you just can’t replace.
Whilst your checking the fabric, take a look at the armpit area. Yes the arm pits. Deodorant and sweat stains can be impossible to remove.You need to consider this when shopping for vintage. It’s an important factor in just how wearable that item will really be. As odd as this might sound, smelling the armpits can also be a good purchase test…. things will wash and can come up great but some fabrics will just hold that smell so trust your noses…
Vintage sellers normally love what they do. Don’t be afraid to ask them for advice on eras, accessories and how to care for your new purchases.
Thanks to Prim Vintage and Wake Up Little Susie for providing some amazing dresses for this shoot. Both sellers are showcasing at Norwich Fashion Week Vintage Show on March 9th.
Meet the team on this shoot –
Photography – Adrian Farr Fashion Photography
Models – Grace Church, Amanda Santos, Heather Spanton and Ruth Knapp
Styling – Fabulous Miss K
Hair and Makeup – Missy Vintage
Assisting Rory James and Kirsty Smith Photography
For all Photographs check out the Gallery