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Subversive Femme

Fifties Fair 2014, having fun at the Rose Seidler House!

Oh, how much do we love the annual Fifties Fair?

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Everyone who came had a blast!

End of the day, and we’re exhausted!

I’m kicking myself that I forget to get a photo of Trish from Quiet Vintage Sewing in her outfit – she made it herself and the colours were awesome. Hopefully she has some photos coming too.

I’ll only share a few shots, but the whole Flickr Set is here if you’d like to see.
I didn’t get the chance to take a lot of photos this year, as we were busy winning ‘Best Couple 2014’! (blush)

Photo from Sydney Broadsheet

I keep trying to get Jakk to enter ‘Best Gent’, and somehow we ended up entering ‘Best Couple’.
I’m so excited that we won again, and we’re looking forwards to eating our way through the prize  – dinner at the very fancy Portenos!

(It might not be a big deal for other people, but it’s nerve-wracking for a same-sex couple to enter a competition like that…)


Swingtime Australia



The numbers felt down from last year – I think the rain + high ticket price kept some people away. Normally the event is packet by 11am, but by 12pm it was pretty crowded.

And this year they had an ATM onsite – at last!



Having a break from dancing

I dressed more for comfort this year (no girdle, bullet bra and petticoat) as most times I’ve overheated when  we dance.

I had a last minute panic the day before when I realised that I didn’t have a jacket to match my dress – so I spent the day before hurriedly making something to match (post coming about it shortly, it’s from a 1940’s pattern).

Jakk’s Outfit:
Shirt – 1940’s repro rayon shirt, Sun Surf
Jacket – 1950’s repro from Retrospec’d
Pants – 1950’s vintage, Donnaland
Shoes – Bass

My Outfit
Dress – 1940’s rayon dress, ‘Mynette’, from SmallEarthVintage
Bolero – 1940’s, made by me! Pauline 2217
Handbag – 1940’s telephone cord bag
Hat – 1950’s molded straw, Puck and Puck Fifth Ave. Chicago Vintage Underground.
Shoes – Miss L Fire Rosita
Crab Brooch – 1940’s carved Lucite, gift from Jakk
Jewellery – various, Etsy

You might have noticed that my hair is styled differently too – my hairdresser and I were trying for a Vivian Leigh type set. I think I like the centre part!

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Well, I’m sad that the Fair is over for another year and I can’t wait to see what they have planned for 2015.

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Kate
    August 26, 2014 at 2:03 am

    Good on you and Jakk for entering. Congrats on the win.

  • Reply
    Claire Gittins
    August 26, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Yes, congratulations on winning. You do make a dapper couple!

  • Reply
    norafinds
    August 26, 2014 at 9:07 am

    I noticed how cute you two were and you definitely deserved to win! 🙂 Very cute! And good on you two for representing the same sex couples out there! More lovely couples should enter 🙂 🙂

  • Reply
    zilredloh
    August 26, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Yay! I love Jakk's shirt; those ropey twists are wonderful. OMG and your shoes!!! Shoes don't get much better than those. *swoon*

  • Reply
    Bex
    August 27, 2014 at 12:12 am

    Aww thank you guys!
    x

  • Reply
    Jessica Cangiano
    August 28, 2014 at 12:46 am

    You look sensational, dear gal!!! I love how that dark blue dress really, really makes your red locks pop like rubies.

    ♥ Jessica

    *PS* Love your telephone cord bag. I'd wanted one for ages myself, and finally just found one (at a home decor centered antiques store that sometimes has the odd vintage accessory) this summer. It's black and cream, and will no doubt land in an outfit post on my blog sooner or later.

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