Hey fashionistas, this spring 2018 Jijjy’s Maison visited one of UK’s glorious vintage fashion events, that is Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair. And why not; it was fashion week, have you ever heard of or attended this event?

This the brains behind this genius master plan is Savitri Coleman;


Image: Savitri Coleman Pinterest

she is an award-winning event’s organizer, and with her excellent intelligence in fashion and advertising, in 2009, she founded this acclaimed vintage fashion fair.

Clerkenwell vintage fashion fair runs approximately 7 events per year in different locations in London city. The event show cases 50 traders and curators of vintage fashion accessories from around the globe. The collections ranges from 1800s to 1980s high quality fashion pieces. These pieces can include designer names such as channel, Gaultier, Saville Row YSL and many others.

This year’s event which is usually in Shoreditch, was held in the beautiful Covent Garden, bringing the vibrant east London scene to west London.

Clerkenwell vintage fashion fair is not only a fashion trading event, it is a fashion experience. This was SO evident when first thing you notice when walking in is friendly, smiling excited faces of customers and traders, everyone was freely chatting and having such a good time which is rare in today’s London’s climate, no seriously. 😀 .


I made a point of sharing this exciting day out, with my girlfriends who have never heard of these types of event.  We got the entrance of the Freemason Hall at Covent Garden and the first thing we encountered apart from the lovely people, was a sea of colorful beautiful fashion accessories as well as clothing made of luxurious fabrics such as organza, silks, wools, satins, embroidered, cashmeres. ….. the list is endless.





We spotted beautiful girls walking round the event in stunning full period 1940s/50s makeover; pièce de résistance was, stylist to assist vintage enthusiasts with styling.

Look out for the next Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Spring Fair on April 22nd, 2018; share the experience with family, friends for a thrilling spring day out.


The Iconic Edith Head

There are quite a few iconic Fashion designer of the yester years who have gifted us with the opportunity to witness the creations of their beautiful minds. One such designer is Edith Head; you are all aware, if you do surf the web, – that google is celebrating Edith Head’s 116th Anniversary on this day of 28 October 2013.

Naturally as a relic of Vintage Fashion, I couldn’t resist the urge to share Edith’s Anniversary with you. For those who are not familiar with Edith Head: She was born in 1897 as Edith Claire Posener in san Bernadino, California and was the most celebrated costume designer in the history of Hollywood not forgetting to mention that she was won the Oscars eight times. She became Edith Head after getting married to Charles Head- brother of one of  her drawing classmates

In 1932, having successfully completed her BA and MA in Berkeley and Stanford, she secured a position as a language teacher at Hollywood School for Girls. From here she started pursuing a career in Fashion and managed her way into Paramount’s Wardrobe department. Who new that this move was to propel her into fame in the years that followed.

Her achievement of becoming Head Designer at paramount in 1938 further escalated her career, she became involved in the most influential design projects in film.

The most talked about was Dorothy Lamour’s sarong in “The Jungle Princess”, Bette Davis evening gown in “All about Eve” and Audrey Hepburn’s Shoulder- tied boat-neck in “Sabrina”.

Edith Head on average worked on at least 35 film projects a year, a few of her clients were Alfred Hitchcock, Elizabeth Taylor, Jerry Lewis, Gary Cooper and not forgetting Bing Crosby.
It was in 1947 that the category of Best Costume Design Oscar was introduced which lead to the amazing Edith Head being nominated for a whooping 40 Academy Awards, winning an Oscar eight times. The awards were for costume designs for the films: ‘All about Eve’ 1949, Ooh …’Samson and Delilah’ 1949 which was my favorite and i have watched it like 20 times in my child hood. ‘Roman Holiday’ 1953, ‘Sabrina’ 1954 with the adorable Audrey Hepburn, and the ‘Sting’ 1973.

In 1967 she left Paramount to join Universal pursuing her other passions creating  drawing of Mid- Century Fashion. One of the period pieces she created was for ‘Lombard’ and ‘W.C.’ Fields and Me’. 

To add to her already marvelous talents, Edith Head authored two books: ‘The Dress Doctor’ and ‘How to Dress for Success’. To add the cherry on the cream Edith acted as herself in two the two films ‘Lucy Gallant’ and ‘The Oscar’.

Edith Head Designed for many more films and TV series in her career; the Star and Fashion Designer of all times died in 1981 after a long term illness. To me she is as Beautifully Timeless as her exquisite Designs.

Trendy Vintage Jackets/Coats this AW2013

Usually, i love hunting for vintage pieces in and out of London, at vintage fairs, markets, vintage shops etc. At the same time i=I have been browsing the net for more inspiration on Vintage Jackets or coats for this autumn and winter season. I cant get enough of them, still i can not have them all :). So i am sharing with you my exclusive finds online.

Anything you find here is available at this time and might be sold in a few days times. So if you find something you like, best thing is go for it as quick as possible. Vintage items are unique unlike what you buy in the shops, its pretty hard to find another person with the same piece, and that is why an exquisite piece usually won’t be on display for that long: (click on caption to go to site)

1940s Lillie Anne wool and velvet coat
Stunning 1960s Fur Collar Green Boucle Swing Coat

Rocking Biker Jacket/ Asymmetric Blazer- Grange Meets Minimalism

 Classy Vivienne West Wood Camel Hair Swing Coat 3/4 Jacket 50s style

 Glamourous Vintage Mink Fur Stole 1950s-60s Shrug

AW 13 Vintage Finds

Autumn winter season can be a little gloomy (when it does descend upon us); luckily there is a slight delay in its arrival, thanks to global warming- its a catch 22. Wrapping up in style can make Autumn/Winter such a fun season to. As an avid collector of vintage fashion among other things, I have been out foraging for vintage Autumn/Winter frocks. coats and accessories.

First item I found was this trendy Echtess Leder women’s Retro Vintage Tan leather jacket from the 1980s. It was “the” fashion piece to have in those days.

First time I wore it, family and friends could not stop complimenting on it. I found this gorgeous piece of vintage fashion at the infamous +Old Spitalfields Market Vintage Stalls -V&S Boutique. Once I laid my eyes on it, I knew I was going home with it…

Jacket falls Flatteringly on Waist and ties with a leather belt 

Beautiful patterned silk lining, gives it that exquisite edge

Cannot wait to wear it. x

My Top Four Dazzling Vintage Hand Made Accessories

I can imagine how much jewellery each woman has in their jewellery box, For any Fashion conscious individual, jewellery and accessories have to complete the whole look one is tying to achieve. Whilst in the train one morning, on my way to work, I spotted another woman with the exact, same +Dorothy Perkins ear rings I was wearing. I mean, don’t get me wrong- they were really pretty- but it does kill the sense of style individuality. Its like we are all wearing some kind of uniform

We all shop in the same shops follow the same trends, when I put together my fashion pieces, and I am out there in the streets. It really does feel like we are all wearing a sort uniform. You can not go wrong with handmade vintage accessories, they have been lovingly hand crafted and many of them are usually one- offs, no danger of seeing your exe’s new girl friend with a similar piece ever.  Below are my top 4 favourite Handmade jewellery/accessories designers, There designs are so uniquely beautiful and with a vintage touch. I hope they also take your breath away.

A Curious Fairy Tale
Stunning Vintage and Retro inspired Jewellery

Black Acrylic Art Deco Style Collar Necklace
Gold Stone Wonderland Necklace

Vintage Lilly Makes
Gorgeous bow ties, collars, capes and shawls from Tweed and Fur

Pretty Tweed collar in Brown
Pretty  Lace & Tweed collar Black Chevron
Vintage Inspired Tweed Cape

Bijou Junkie
Exquisite and Unique reloved one off treasures

Bijou Ada
Bijou Magdeline
Bijou Flossie

Just when you thought it can;t get better than all this, here comes

Alluring Vintage and Hand crafted jewellery with found pieces from many different periods through time.
upcycled with 1950s watch face
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To find other handmade jewellery and accessories visit: Etsy Craft fairs, UK Craft Fairs or HandmadeHour on twitter to find more amazing designers of handmade jewellery

Caters Collectable UK

This Months Vintage Find is Carters Collectables. They specialize in vintage and antiques collectables, from Art, Books, Ceramics, Wooden Ware. Jewellery etc. Carters Collectables have items dating from 1920s to the 1980s filled with history and charm. Not only will you find Collectables, there are brilliant ideas for unique Gifts for any gender and occasions

I am always on the look out for collectables; this week I happened to be on the look out for some exclusive vintage jewellery to add to my small modest collection 🙂 Then I stumbled onto Carters Collectable Vintage Jewellery. Absolutely exquisite pieces to choose from with…. Free delivery…. Yes Free. Bracelets, Brooches, Necklaces and chains among other items all dating between 1940s to the retro 1980s. Carters Collectables Uk do own a website as well as an eBay market site from where you can browse and purchase their lovely collectable. Delivery to most countries world wide is possible depending on the item, so please free to contact seller for any questions who are very happy to help.
Below are a few of Carters Collectables Vintage Jewellery pieces found on their sites
Gold Tone Mounted Brooch Central Glass Stripped 1950s to 60s

Pierced Gold Tone Brooch 1950s to 60s

Gold Tone Metal Floral Brooch with Red Insets 1950s to 60s

Vintage Blue Glass Stone Brooch in Silvertone Mount

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