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Happy 9th Birthday to Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair

It gladdens SEEN’s vintage-loving heart to think of all the sustainable fashion shopping going on in the capital at the moment. This Sunday 22nd April one of the best vintage fairs around will be celebrating its 9th birthday, proving that vintage clothes are not just the latest trend: the demand for fabulous clothes from decades past is here to stay.

So, get ready to discover 50 traders, each cherry-picked for their excellent design eye, strict quality screening, and plethora of choice including womenswear, menswear, accessories and childrenswear, hailing from the Victorian era through to the 1990s. Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair offers up pieces that are right on trend from vintage designers, as well as unique cuts and patterns that will be snapped up by design teams searching for new season’s inspiration. Whether you’re looking for a one-off special piece, or designer brands at a fraction of the cost, this is where you’ll find your new favourite outfit with labels like Chanel, Dior, Biba and YSL making a regular appearance on the rails at the fair. Concerned about not getting the perfect fit? Bespoke tailoring service Faustus London can discuss your needs and make sure you don’t have to compromise on the dream dress or suit.

Whats’s new? We welcome Ornella Bijoux… Since 1944, Ornella Bijoux has crafted over 30,000 pieces of fine jewellery, some of which have exhibited at the V&A and Palazzo Reale in Milan. The brand has also created pieces for the fashion industry to include Dolce & Gabbana, Borbonese, Swarovski and Celine to name but a few. Founder and designer Maria Vittoria Albani works with her daughter and granddaughter to continue the artisanal
tradition of Italian excellence. Meet the family and browse pieces from their collections dating from 1960s-1990s.

Galina Sherry, founder of Gigi’s Dressing Room joins us for the first time with the late Annie Curtis-Jones’ vintage collection. Annie traded with us since the very beginning, selling incredible pieces of womenswear from 1920s to 1990s couture as well as costumes from Ballet Russes to Broadway. Annie was a favourite among design teams and showbiz as well as being a renowned costume designer for theatre and television and a great mentor to vintage enthusiasts, including Galina.

We’re delighted to welcome the Concordia Foundation ‘vintage fashion & costume collection’ founded by international singer and broadcaster Gillian Humphreys, who was awarded an OBE in recognition for her charity work building bridges through the arts. Natasha Day (soprano) will be hosting the sale, selling a wide range of spectacular garments once worn by Gillian Humphreys, from daywear and eveningwear to unique pieces from some of the most prominent costume and fashion designers. All the proceeds go to the Concordia Foundation to help continue their work with young people and hospitals. We will also be collecting for the charity on the door.

Sunday 22nd April
£5 Entry (£2 students)

Clerkenwell Vintage Spring Fashion Fair
Freemasons’ Hall
60 Great Queen Street