Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Work experience at Velour

Last week we had an extra set of hands on the Velour team, coming all the way from Corowa NSW - a decent hike indeed.

Here's a sneak peek of Yasmine at the warehouse honing her coat hanging skills amidst a sea of dresses, soon to make their way online:

And brushing up on the evolution of fashion:
*Excuse the messy office. Shockingly, being something of a hoarder/collector isn't always condusive to having the tidiest of work spaces at all times.

Back breaking labour right there.

We tend to receive a number of requests for work experience, if this is something of interest to you, drop us a line as far in advance as possible to info@velourvintage.com

Thanks for helpin' out, Yas!


Thursday, May 26, 2011

Cleo February 1975 - Mick and Bianca Jagger, Tessa T21, Mr Yummy

An extention of yesterdays post, feat. Mick and Bianca Jagger, fashion, more on Jack Thompson, classic furniture design with questionable upholstery, and a look at what real love is... photographing your beau nude in the bush and alongside a Mr Yummy van, naturally.
Mick and Bianca: the odd couple
- Cleo article 1975

Tessa T21 chair and ottoman 1975
Real love: won't be found in cereal boxes

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Paper giants: Cleo February 1975 - Jack Thompson cover

On the "to do" list for quite some time, has been the scanning of my vintage magazines.  The release of Paper giants: The birth of Cleo was the perfect impetus to get started on this slightly daunting task.  For anyone who missed it - you can grab the dvd here and there's an excellent article about Ita here

First up I went for February 1975.  Featuring Jack Thompson, the first subject of the "Mate of the Month" centrefold, and the first(and last?) bloke to make it onto the cover, Barry as Dame Edna aside.

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I'll do a picture post with some more pages tomorrow, but here are a couple of cheeky booze advertisements:
UDL - The teen stepping stone to alcoholism
since '75. Are you ready?

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

1960's Paper dresses exhibition

Chadstone shopping center is hosting a fun exhibition of paper dresses until June 5th, including a coveted campbells "souper"!

The collection has a strong focus on 1960's pieces, but incorporates 18th and 19th-century Japanese and Chinese hand painted kimonos and paper sandals, too. Definitely worth checking out.

Read more here, and check out this clip demonstrating the convenience of the disposable dress fad at its height:

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Denise Drysdale 60's go go girl

Had a lovely go go dancer from Perth drop in today, which reminded me of this clip I wanted to share. Denise Drysdale, Australias first go go girl, doing her thing in the 60's

Tips: "Now relax your back and flop your head around, people aren't going to look at anything else but your head, they don't want to see feet dancing, they wanna see your head... and a smile, whatever you do."

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Twiggy portrait created entirely from recycled junk mail? < 3

I recently came across the art of Sandhi Schimmel Gold, who creates these incredible collage portraits entirely from recycled junk mail, old postcards, photos, and the like.

She says:
"My work reflects our society's obsession with beauty through advertising - and the endless images that bombard us daily. It is a purposeful intermix of images derived from advertising and thousands of incongruent pieces - images and text - from advertising that arrives through my mailbox. Assembled like a mosaic; the paper tiles create an entirely new image - an eclectic and tactile portrait reworked in my imagination, utilizing materials that would otherwise go to waste."

"I create without waste. I upcycle junk mail, calendars, post cards, photos, old greeting cards, tags, etc... it's all paper waste I collect. I use only water-based, acid-free, non-toxic materials to create my work. It is completely eco-friendly. I reuse and repurpose canvas, frames, etc. whenever possible."

Check out more of her work here.

LOVE it!