Wednesday, 27 July 2011

War & Peace 2011

Last Friday I headed off for a weekend of tanks, living history, shopping and big band music at the War & Peace Show 2011 held at Hop Farm in Kent.

After stumbling across the show in 2009 and having tested the water with a day pass for last years show (my coverage of which can be found in Milkcow Magazine #18), I decided that this year I would go for the full experience and fork out the £80 for a weekend ticket. This includes two nights camping, three days entry to the show grounds and access to the various on-site bars and evenings entertainment (although this doesn't include the Victory Marquees shows on Fri & Sat), making it one of the cheapest of the current crop of vintage flavoured week-enders.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

The Chap Olympiad 2011

Saturday saw the 7th Annual Olympiad held by The Chap magazine at Bedford Square Gardens in London.

This was my first time at the Olympiad and despite the appalling weather forecast I donned my finery (I was actually going for a bit of working class antithesis to all the dandyism on show) and headed out into the rain to catch the train from Brighton to London with my lovely companions Georgie, Vanessa and Thérèse.

Now it was my intention to get lots of pictures of the many well-dressed gentlemen in attendance and talk about the various styles they employed but partly due to not wanting to get my camera wet, having far to much fun with my companions and meeting all the new fabulous people that I've spent the last year talking to on Twitter, I failed in that regard.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Style Guide - The 1920's

Douglas Fairbanks
Now, there is an oft-spoke misconception that Men's fashion has hardly changed in the past 100 years, especially compared to Women's fashion, and this is mostly down to the subtleties involved.
I mean when you boil clothing down into it's component parts: for Men you have shirts, trousers, jumpers, jackets, coats, hats and shoes, for Women; blouses, trousers, skirts, dresses, jumpers, jackets, coats, hats and shoes.... not much difference really is there? But whilst the style, cut and patterns of these items of clothing has change much more obviously for Women over the last century in Men's wardrobes it's been all about the smaller changes. Style evolution on a more subtle and microscopic level if you will.

The 1920s:

Prior to the First World War Men's clothing had taken a much more slow and far more practical evolution. But all that was to change in the 1920s with the introduction of new styles of clothing and principles of dress that are still a part of men's wardrobes to this day.
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