February's Style Council Interview is with Brooksie of Portland, Oregon.
Brooksie does vintage themed modeling, and the photo posted above is from an Elvgren themed photo shoot that she did.
-How long have you been collecting vintage clothing for?
I started off collecting vintage accessories when my grandma passed away 30 years ago (I was nine), I inherited many of her things. In the beginning it was about 40 handkerchiefs, 4 handheld fans then as time went on acquired (of my grandma's via my mom) about 30 vintage scarves, a locket from the year she was born 1905, her class ring from 1923, her wedding ring, gloves, her old back and white photos, and many other things. These things have always been so special to me. I got my first actual vintage out fit when I was 15 back in the 80's it was a 1950's suit made of black water mark taffeta. The skirt was a pencil skirt and the jacket was a bolero. I have been hooked ever since.
-What got you into vintage clothing?
My first awareness of anything vintage was big band/swing music, I remember visiting that same grandma and she would always be listening to Glenn Miller Orchestra. I remember this as far back as about the age of four or five. I got to where as a child I was able to know the words to these songs and to this day I absolutely love swing and big band. I went and saw the Glenn Miller Orchestra in Tillamook about three years ago.
-What are your favorite eras of clothing?
My favorite eras for clothes are the 20's through the 50's with a special interest in the art deco period.
-What do you like about clothing from these eras?
The things I love about vintage clothes is since I am a small person vintage fits me very well, much better then the modern day clothes, these clothes were made in the USA and were made to last unlike modern day things which were made over seas out of cheap fabrics and will only last about one season. Modern day clothes were made to fall apart so people are forced to buy more. Plus I love the classic vintage styles because they are timeless and beautiful.
-Who are some of your favorite vintage designers?
Coco Chanel is one of my favorite designers and Edith Head was great too.
-Who are some of your favorite modern designers?
Since I am so enamored with vintage (75% of my wardrobe is vintage or repro - way more vintage then repro though) I am sorry to say that I really am not up on the current designers however I do have some handbags that are nice - Gucci, Chanel, Doonie Burke and Coach they are all very nicely constructed and well made.
-What would be your ultimate vintage find?
My ultimate vintage find would be a 1920's beaded couture gown that would be in mint wearable condition. Hello - can we say sassy flapper!
-Where do you do the majority of your vintage shopping- garage, estate and rummage sales, thrift stores, vintage stores, online vintage stores or eBay?
My favorite places to find vintage is thrift stores, especially ones in these tiny unheard of towns, they have the best selections and deals. Then I would have to say sales (garage, estate, and yard) estate sales are the best but I do not seem to be able to make it to many. Antique malls are great to and of course vintage shops. I still think the big Palmer Whirf's antique show is the best though! I do not usually buy much online, I like to see it and feel it and try it on before buying.
-Who are some of your favorite style icons?
Wow, who is not my favorite style icon is more like it! Here goes: Louise Brooks (Brooksie), Clara Bow, Myrna Loy, Ingrid Bergman, Barbara Stanwyck, Audrey Hepburn, Katherine Hepburn, and Jackie O.
-What are your favorite vintage movies, music and television programs?
Casablanca tops my list of movies, the Maltese Falcon, The African Queen, The Wizard of Oz, Holiday Inn, The Best Years of Our Lives, Pandora's Box...I could go on forever but I won't and I did not even touch on any of the most awesome period piece movies. As far as t.v. goes I gave it up about three years ago and I do not own one but when I did I loved Carnivale' and Deadwood.
-Do you collect any other types of collectibles or antiques?
I have antique furniture in my living space, a 1920's claw foot couch, a 1920's ottoman from Turkey, a 1936 farmhouse radio and a vanity table that I would guess to be from about 1910 or 1915 or so.
Thanks to Brooksie for answering our Style Council interview questions!
You too could be featured on Lulu's Vintage Style Council!
Just email me- lulusvintage (at) yahoo.com a photo of yourself wearing vintage (it can be a modern outfit accented with vintage accessories or a complete vintage ensemble) and answer my questions:
- How long have you been collecting vintage clothing for?
- What got you into vintage clothing?
- What are your favorite eras of clothing?
- What do you like about clothing from these eras?
- Who are some of your favorite vintage designers?
- Who are some of your favorite modern designers?
- What would be your ultimate vintage find?
- Where do you do the majority of your vintage shopping- garage, estate and rummage sales, thrift stores, vintage stores, online vintage stores or eBay?
- Is vintage clothing popular in the city that you live in?
- Who are some of your favorite style icons?
- What are your favorite vintage movies, music and television programs?
- Do you collect any other types of collectibles or antiques?
Please also include your name, city and state or country of residence.
This post was originally published on February 14, 2010.