Melbourne Love Vintage Show

blog post by Drama of Exile
 
Gabrielle Delacour

Gabrielle Delacour of Drama of Exile

Last weekend the annual Love Vintage Show rolled into Melbourne, an event that has vintage enthusiasts nationwide dusting off their bygone best and congregating under the magical domed roof of the Royal Exhibition Building for a weekend of vintage extravagance at it’s finest. With over 50 of Australia’s premier vintage, antique and retro dealers under one roof, as well as fabulous runway shows, styling workshops and  presentations- the Love Vintage Show is a must on the calender of those with a penchant for all things yesteryear.

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Coutura Vintage

This year the show gave a nod to the jazz age with a focus on the 1920’s, fitting with the current fixation on the anticipated release of The Great Gatsby. Fabulous dancers kicking up a storm with the Charleston greeted shoppers as they entered the building, as well as stage presentations on how to get the ‘Gatsby Look’ and a special 1920’s section in the Best Dressed in Vintage competition on the Friday night (unfortunately little ole’ me was the only entrant in the 1920’s section…I still remained convinced I spied some bobbed lovelies who should have entered!). Everyone looked incredible, I don’t envy the judge’s decision as it was a tough one. I also loved the vast array of eras displayed by the entrants, from deco darlings of the 30’s right up to 80’s rockers- everyone was a winner.

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DSC_0107Yours truly

Yours truly

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Marissa of Vintage Garage wore a 1920's evening cloak that had me spellbound!

Marissa of Vintage Garage wore a 1920’s evening cloak that had me spellbound!

Fabulous 40's runner up

Fabulous 50’s runner up

The winner!

The winner!

It also was the first year the LVS brought us the Love Vintage Wedding Fair. For those looking to bring a little vintage glamour to their big day, the Vintage Wedding Fair brought together a myriad of ideas, tips and looks for the bride-to-be. There was a pop-up wedding parade hosted by Bonnie Rose that featured some decadent gowns, a fantastic display and accompanying presentation of historic Australian wedding dresses from the late 18th Century (courtesy of  Cavalcade of History and Fashion) and many wonderful gowns and accessories available to purchase from the stall-holders.

Part of the display from the Cavalcade of Fashion & History

Part of the display from the Cavalcade of Fashion & History

Beautiful 1940's wedding dress, from Jelly Beans

Beautiful 1940’s wedding dress, from Jelly Beans

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Stunning dresses for purchase..I wish I had a ring on my finger!

Stunning dresses for purchase..I wish I had a ring on my finger!

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Pop-up  wedding parade

With Friday night being such a flurry of entertainment, Saturday was when the real shopping began. This is not your average shopping experience, a good few hours (or for myself, the better part of the day) is needed to take in a few laps of the stalls. The sheer enormity of the space is overwhelming, and you need to have a sharp eye and a strong will to not get distracted by all the tulle, lace, rhinestones and velvet! I came to the show needing shoes and a new handbag and I left with an Astrakhan fur coat and some 30’s dresses (so maybe I am not the best at taking my own advice).

Saturday was also a day to take in some stage time, with presentations from Tony the Quiffmaster, high energy dancing from the Swing Patrol Brat Pack, a parade of styles throughout the ages and a special guest talk from the star of the US show Hardcore Pawn,  Ashley Gold.

Recycology. This was an incredible velvet flapper cape, purchased by the owner from the Lisa Ho archives!

Recycology. This was an incredible velvet flapper cape, purchased by the owner from the Lisa Ho archives!

Tony the Quiffmaster

Tony the Quiffmaster

Fabulous 40's & 50's Stall-holder, Sandy

Fabulous 40’s & 50’s Stall-holder, Sandy

1920's makeover

Doing the twist at the Style Through the Ages parade

Doing the twist at the Style Trends & Fashion Icons Through the Decades parade

The only thing I regret not coming home with...from Coutura Vintage

The only thing I regret not coming home with…from Coutura Vintage

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Swing Patrol Brat Pack (I've never seen feet move that fast!)

Swing Patrol Brat Pack (I’ve never seen feet move that fast!)

The dancing Foxtrot India made a great 1920's flapper

Ashley Gold!

Ashley Gold!

A beautiful 1950's outfit in the parade

A beautiful 1950’s outfit in the parade

 One of the greatest things about the show is getting to meet and talk with the visitors and stall holders. In my eyes these are the true stars of the event, everyone looked amazing and to get to mingle with the high calibre of shoppers was a treat. It’s a rare event to have all of Melbourne’s vintage community under one roof and I always learn something new, gain a great tip and take so much inspiration from my fellow vintage comrades.

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Some wonderful shoppers

Some wonderful shoppers

Vintage Garage

Vintage Garage

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A truly wonderful vintage show, I can’t wait til next year!

Find out more about the Love Vintage Show in your city here.

Until next time!

Gabrielle xx

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 Written by Blog Contributor Drama of Exile
 
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Gabrielle Delacour

 dramaofexile
Melbourne, Australia
vintage enthusiast with a penchant for fur, early 20’s – late 60’s with both feet in the 30’s, film noir, lace dreams, velvet touch, constantly seeking the perfect bob, brooks, garbo, bow and karina, cat eyes since birth, flowers, tassles and a cup of tea.

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