We attended the V&H Textile and Fashion Fair in Chipping Sodbury yesterday. It was an absolutely boiling hot day and the heat literally was like walking into a wall when we ventured outside after the fair...the weather seems very strange...not that I'm complaining. We have just purchased yet another full size mannequin...and here is Gloria in all her glory..no pun intended! This does indeed make 21 mannequins downstairs in various guises...yes, there are more upstairs!
We purchased her from Liz The Washerwoman and we reckon she dates to the 1930's/40's. I actually was meant to pick her up last week in Totnes but we couldn't get her in the van.
She is sporting my satin 1920's/30's dress and shoes and a vintage hat with ostrich feathers.
I do apologise but Tristan still has no trousers though thankfully he is like Action Man in that department!!
The shoes are another recent purchase for my collection, they are kid leather wedding shoes and date from 1918. The beautiful 20's appliques at the front came from Ali (Betty & Violet).
A gorgeous little Art Nouveau Appliqué that has been made into a brooch many moons ago, also came from Ali.
These exquisite late 20's early 30's shoes I also bought from Ali yesterday, I couldn't resist them, just look at the little ribbon roses on each one...wish I was a size 4! The ostrich feathers also came from Ali (I think I single handedly emptied her stand).
Yet more Ostrich feathers!
This beautiful beaded satin wedding bag also came from Ali, it is so beautiful and goes perfectly with my antique wedding dress.
My final purchase from Ali was this 20's flapper necklace although she thinks it may have also been used as a belt as it is very long...Gloria is now wearing it.
This exquisite 1930's bag came from Helen.
Just look at the detail on the inside!
Gorgeous French fabric box from Clare (Daisy Darling).
These sweet little wooden clogs were very folk art and I bought them from Heather at Hellish Designs to go with my antique Decoy Ducks.
Hubby purchased these flight of drawers from Caroline Zoob, he is in the process of distressing them and I will take them to the fairs to display my haberdashery in. The standard of the fair was fabulous as usual and there was a great mix of stands with something for everyone, it really was a great day spent with great people and I would like to thank everyone who visited my stand and made a purchase. I would also like to thank Michele and Jayne for all their hard work in making the fair such a success. We had a wonderful day and spent too much so the emphasis must be on making money this month rather than spending it!! Hope you all enjoyed the weekend and the sunshine whatever you were doing.