Vintage Festivals – All the rage these days

Lovers of vintage fashion and music will want to make sure that they set time aside in their busy calendars to visit a vintage festival or two during the summer months.  These vibrant annual festivals feature a wide range of events aimed at celebrating all things vintage, and cover genres of fashion and music from the 1920s all the way through to the 1980s.


Visitors are usually able to witness and take part in a wide range of specially organised events, from catwalk shows to workshops. There are often plenty of opportunities to shop for vintage clothing at the many stalls that are set up during the events, while visitors can also get their grove on to vintage music played by well-known bands and during exclusive DJ sets.

Any of these annual events is the perfect time to discover the broad range of vintage fashion and create a whole new look. Complimentary hair and beauty makeovers are provided by onsite teams who create decade specific looks for visitors to make them look and feel absolutely fabulous. There might also be a huge dressing up box in which visitors are invited to rummage in search of the perfect style.

Vintage festivals feature several catwalk shows over their duration and this is a great way to admire vintage fashion as it was intended to be seen. Watching these vibrant shows is like stepping back in time as the runway showcases the classic designs of prolific designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Mary Quant and Ossie Clark. Visitors are usually given the chance to shine in the Best in Show Parade. During the festival a team of style hunters will probably be snapping pictures of the most stylish festival goers who will then be invited to take part in their very own fash-mob catwalk.


If you have a passion for fashion and want to learn more about creating striking vintage outfits, then attending one of the hands-on-creative workshops is a great way to pick up a few tips. Creative festival goers can make their way to a vintage upcycling area, where they will be able to take part in workshops aimed at unleashing their creativity. Some of the many activities that might be available to take part in include sewing vintage style fashion accessories, creating original vintage style clothing such as ponchos and petticoats and making bunting.

Naturally, vintage fashion goes hand in hand with vintage music, and the music that can be heard at any vintage festival or event will cover all genres, decades, and styles from rockabilly to ska and swing.   Expect to see several stages and vintage nightclubs, with each decade to a different musical genre. If you’re toes are tapping but you simply don’t know the steps, then taking one of the specially arranged dance classes is the perfect solution. Festival goers will be taught a select of vintage dances, and this is the perfect way to get into the swing of things.


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