Strike a pose, it's . . .
The Vintage Village John French Fair!
When: Sunday 9th March 2014
Where: Stockport Covered Market Hall SK1 1EU
How much: £2 entry, £1.50 concessions, under 12s FREE!
Don't tell me you've never heard of John French! Why, he's the chap who:
★ Pioneered a new form of fashion photography in Britain in the early 1950s that was sharp enough for the dingy limitations of newsprint, using natural light.
★ Was reputedly the first to employ the bulldog clip as a styling accessory, nipping in garments for a clean, sculpted silhouette.
★ Gave both David Bailey and Terence Donovan their first jobs in fashion photography, actively encouraging the new generation who would soon make his elegant finesse look distinctly out of date.
★ Reportedly never released the shutter on his photographs, preferring to direct, frame and style each shot and leave that tiresome duty to his assistants.
Mr John French should be a household name - just take a look at the alluring photos on this page - and it's his birthday on 1st March, so we're taking the opportunity to celebrate him and his super stylish legacy.
Suggested dress code: 1950s - early 1960s, and/or just dress in monochrome!
There's much more in store too:
★ Lucy Mae & the Tom Cats are playing live! Here's your chance to enjoy a modern soul singer/songwriter - inspired by icons such as Etta James, Aretha Franklin and Nat King Cole - and a red-hot young band behind her!
★ We have a FREE RAFFLE! - every paid admission will receive a free raffle ticket from opening time to 2.00pm. Draw at 2.30pm. Please leave your ticket number and contact details at the door if you can't stay for the draw. See the photos on the right for the three wonderful prizes on offer.
And not forgetting the full-to-capacity Covered Market Hall, heaving with authentic vintage clothing and accessories for ladies and gents, jewellery, homeware, decor, furniture, luggage, textiles, collectables, curiosities and judiciously selected locally handmade crafts with a vintage flavour.
If you need to refuel after some hectic quality vintage browsing, we have the magnificent Lord of the Pies, the marvellous Honest Crust Pizza, the majestic Kandoo Mobile Coffee and the miraculous Stuart Thornley Cake Design. Menus ahoy!
Please feel free to invite everyone you know on our
Facebook event page!
After much last-minute shenanigans, here is our just about definitive list of top quality traders who will be cluttering up the Covered Market Hall with all kinds of marvellousness!
A Vintage Affair - vintage homeware, kitchenalia including glassware, linen, cutlery, small furniture.
All Our Yesterdays - vintage homeware, furniture, luggage, collectables, toys, tins and much more.
Allsortz - vintage homeware, ceramics, glass.
Andy's Antiques - military clothing, homeware 1930s-80s.
Anne Langton - handmade jewellery using vintage beads; vintage items.
Baboushka's Silver - vintage silver jewellery from the 1880s to the 1980s.
Big on Retro - mid-century modern homeware, ceramics, small furniture; handmade cushions and lampshades using vintage fabric.
Black Cat Vintage - vintage clothing, accessories, homeware.
Black Rose Vintage Co. - women's and men's vintage and reworked clothing and accessories, 1920s-80s.
Bluecat Jewellery - vintage jewellery, glassware and ceramics.
NEW! Blythe House Hospice - vintage clothing, accessories and homeware, all proceeds go to their charity.
Boomerang Vintage & Retro - only the best 1950s-60s homeware and furniture.
BRG Collectables - collectables (yes, really), militaria, vintage men's and ladies' wear.
Bus Stop Vintage - vintage women's clothing, accessories and jewellery, 1920s-80s.
Button Fairies - handmade jewellery using vintage buttons. All proceeds go to charity.
Check Records - vintage vinyl.
Cyprys Vintage - vintage clothing, kitchenalia and collectables.
Diana Black Vintage - vintage homeware.
Eclecta Books - books, magazines, paper ephemera, photographs, vinyl. Find them at Room at the Top Vintage Goods.
Eclectique Chic - vintage women's clothing, accessories, jewellery, and some homeware.
Essentially Eagle - vintage clothing, accessories and homeware, 1930s-80s.
Garrick Books - books!
NEW! Gemma Harrison - women's vintage clothing and accessories, 1960s-80s; some mid-century homeware.
Gem's Bits n Bobs - men's and women's apparel, handbags, costume jewellery 1940s-80s; mid-century homeware, toys, ornaments, vinyl, decor, popular culture annuals.
Goody Gum Drops - vintage homeware, books and toys.
Heirloom Rose - classic vintage clothing and accessories, 1940s-80s.
NEW! It's Sew Lisa - homeware, collectables, textiles.
Jackal Threads - classic men's clothing, 1940s-80s.
James Wilson - collectables and curiosities.
Jean Blakeley - vintage jewellery.
Jodi Jo Retro - handmade goodies including cushions, animals softies, badges, magnets and greetings cards, using vintage fabrics and wallpaper sourced from around the world.
Kitsch Republic - vintage, recycled and handmade homeware.
Lace and Liquor Vintage - women's vintage clothing and accessories; homeware, kitchenalia and bric-a-brac, 1940s-70s.
NEW! Lime Street Trading - vintage furniture, trunks and luggage, homeware, clothing.
Make Do And Mend - small furniture, homeware, collectables, ornaments, and a few clothes.
Maureen Woodman - ceramics, glass, cutlery, jewellery, haberdashery and books.
Moor Vintage - vintage jewellery and collectables.
Munkispanner - handmade Mod clothing using original fabric and trims, and original vintage for men and women, 1960s-70s.
NEW! Ola Vintage - vintage men's and women's clothing and accessories.
One of a Kind - vintage women's and mens clothing, accessories and more.
Parrot in the Pantry - vintage homeware, clothing and jewellery.
Penelope Cat Vintage - children's books, including Ladybirds, Puffin, Enid Blyton, 1920s-80s; homeware including Pyrex, ceramics and glass, 1930s-70s.
Populuxe - vintage homeware, jewellery, collectables. Waiting to welcome you at Room at the Top Vintage Goods.
Retrodec - vintage coats, hats and other accessories, homeware, decorative items.
RetroFunky - vintage homeware, decor, small furniture, lighting, luggage, clothing, record players, clocks, cameras, books, toys, games.
Retrorags 106 - vintage women's and men's clothes, bags, accessories, homeware.
Rita Black - vintage collectables, decor, homeware.
Sarah's Second Chance - vintage homeware and accessories.
Serendipity - vintage kitchenware, tea sets, accessories, costume jewellery.
Shabby Cheek - items of interest and intrigue.
Sheila's Store - lots of vintage costume jewellery.
Show Us Your Threads - featuring Ophelia Button: vintage women's fashions and accessories, homewares 1950s-80s; handmade headbands, bow ties and vintagely-dressed peg dolls.
Snygg - "Stockport's funky pot royalty" returns with an even bigger and better selection of stylish mid-century items for the home, including furniture.
Sue Booth's Sparkle - vintage jewellery and collectables.
suzylovesmilo - women's vintage clothing and accessories, homeware, ceramics; upcycled vintage clothing and accessories.
T.E.A. - mid-century kitchenalia, homeware, collectables; women's and men's clothing 1960s-80s.
NEW! The Art of Time - vintage watches, cameras, lighters and fountain pens, 1930s-70s.
The Crinoline Lady - vintage costume jewellery and accessories, homeware.
NEW! The Font Archive - original, hand-rendered letter forms salvaged from an Altrincham linotype foundry, 1900s-70s.
The Side Room - vintage table and bed linen, costume jewellery, clothing, homeware.
NEW! Two Tone Retro - vintage furniture and homeware, 1930s-80s.
TinTrunk - a growing range of 20th century luggage plus apparel for ladies and gents, jewellery, homeware, textiles, collectables. Find TinTrunk at Room at the Top Vintage Goods.
Village Vintage Clothing - men's and women's vintage clothing, accessories and jewellery. Up at Room at the Top Vintage Goods.
Vintage Belle - genuine vintage clothing and accessories for women.
Vintage Clutter - vintage needlework accessories, lace, fabric, fashion accessories, costume jewellery, homeware, collectables.
We Used To Have One Of Those - vintage photographic and audio visual equipment, early to mid century homeware, books, ephemera, comics, toys and games.
Barbara Goalen in the tube, 1954. Photo by John French. Source.
John French and Daphne Abrams in a tailored suit, for the TV Times, 1950s. You could win a framed print of this photo in our FREE RAFFLE!
Lucy Mae & The Tom Cats will be playing LIVE!
Marla Scarafia and Susan Abraham for Vanity Fair, 1954. Photo by John French. Source.
Monochrome legs, photo by John French. Source.
Barbara Goalen in an incredible Lily Schroter woolen day dress, 1951. Photo by John French. Source.
Perching on a 60s icon - the mini! Photo by John French. Source.
Geometric patterns projected onto a model, 1960s. Photo by John French. Source. You could win a print of this in our FREE RAFFLE!
Is that John French's hand - possibly not! A Digby Morton velvet coat trimmed with fur, 1958. Source.
The Rolling Stones with Patti Boyd wearing a Quant dress, 1964. Photo by John French. Source.
Another shot of John French at work, with model Jean Dawnay, 1958. Typically, it was his assistant who released the shutter. Source.
You could win a copy of this fabulous book - featuring John French amongst other luminaries - in our FREE RAFFLE!