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Vintage Fashion Clothing Blog | Beyond Retro

  • Wedding Pop Up: Dalston Store

    Remember London’s first vintage pop-up? Well, we have another pop-up filled with vintage fashion for you to feast on! This time it’s a wedding dress theme set within our Art Deco, temple-like Dalston store.The newest member of the Beyond Retro family houses our Insta-worthy café and was once a suit manufacturer for the iconic Saks brand and also starred in James Bond: Die Another Day! If that wasn’t enough to entice you down Kingsland Road, then this plentiful offering which charts centuries worth of wedding dress designs certainly will.

    Beyond Retro Vintage Wedding Dresses London

    Select a piece of history to don on your big day. Dazzling displays of gowns are poised and ready for the trying. Don’t believe us? Pop in and see for yourself.

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    Psst… you don’t have to be getting married to don one of these here bad boy dresses.  Remember that episode in F.R.I.E.N.D.S? This could totally be you on Friday night…

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    Words by Hannah Wilkinson

  • Far Eastern Opulence: The Cheongsam

    Beyond Retro’s tale of the Orient is an Opium-drenched collection which adds an authentic Far Eastern mystic to the modern wardrobe. Now this is one oh-so-slinky 90s trend which is yet reach ‘IT’ item status this side of the millennium. From Cheongsam-style jackets with richly detailed embroidery to kimonos emblazoned with traditional motifs, go vintage for a lavish dose of prints which hail from the other side of the world.

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    Shop 90s

    Did you know? The traditional Cheongsam embodied the glamour of 1920s Shanghai and was worn by upper class socialites.

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    Flashback! This isn’t the first time that fashion has indulged in Eastern fantasies and opulence. French designer Paul Poiret’s lampshade-look of the early 1900’s creation set aside traditional S-bend corsets and offered streamlined silhouettes in bright and brilliant hues; the designer brought a touch of the Orient to the Edwardian era, complete with jewelled slippers and cloche hats.

    We've a stunning selection of vintage oriental pieces available in-store and online, here are just some of our faves spotted in our Cheshire Street store:

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    Words by Hannah Wilkinson

  • Meet the Illustrator

    EstelleMorris http://www.estellemorris.co.uk/
     

    My name's Estelle Morris (or Stell to most people) and I'm a freelance illustrator living in East London.

    You've recently done some amazing illustrations and typography for the likes of POP and Noctis magazine, but where did it all begin?

    I've wanted to be an artist since Nursery School, so I'm very lucky and happy to be doing it now. I kind of fell upon the illustration route after studying Fashion at College, when I realised I enjoyed illustrating the garments more than making them.

    Where do you get your inspiration from?

    I mostly draw from life, so anything and everything has the potential to inspire me. I also love working from pop culture references and creating my own typography.

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    What is it that you love about your job?

    Getting to do what I love every day and not having to be somewhere at 9am! I like being able to dictate my own schedule.

    Describe your style:

    I'd probably have to say quite clean and linear, although it continues to evolve all the time.

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    What’s the most unusual job you have worked on?

    Illustrating and designing a sex education manual for an occupational therapist!

    What advice would you give to a wannabe illustrator?

    My uni lecturer always said 'work equals work' - you never know what one piece might lead on to.

    Who is your favourite illustrator?

    David Hughes. I adore his pencil lines and the kind of ugliness of his work.

    Why do you shop vintage?

    I like worn-in clothes which are totally unique. I recently invested in a beautiful leather biker jacket from Beyond Retro and love the fact it will last me a lifetime.

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    Website address: www.estellemorris.co.uk

    Twitter: @estelle_morris

    Instagram: @estellemorris

    Contact details: hello@estellemorris.co.uk

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