Four fashionistas, each with a passion for vintage, have won Oxfam’s competition to find its faces of decades of vintage fashion #VintageFaceAndStyle.
The women, all respected fashion bloggers, showcase the looks of 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s in photographs viewable on the Oxfam Online Shop.
The images, which encapsulate the looks of each era, were taken by leading photographer Benjamin Tietge at Oxfam’s huge recycling hub Wastesaver in West Yorkshire. Make-up was by celebrity stylist Rosie Lewis. Andrew Williams Senior Stylist at Nicky Clarke worked the hair.
The Daily Telegraph’s Senior Fashion News and Features Editor Victoria Moss, herself a dedicated and discerning vintage fashion fan, judged the competition.
Victoria chose: 1950s Nora Thoeng, 29, norafinds.com; 1960s Sarah Brewer, 28, stylesixites.blogspot.co.uk; 1970s Leigh Travers, 25, foxandfeather.com; and 1980s Kristin McIlquham, 35, tightscameraaction.com.
“Fashion is currently having a love affair with mid century colours and inspirations,” said Victoria. “Sarah has a brilliant and enviable grasp of sixties style and her look feels current. Leigh’s look clearly takes inspiration from the 70s but feels very now as well, which is clever.”
All four winners were delighted to be picked. Nora, a molecular biologist researching motor neurone disease, even wears 1950s clothes to the lab.
“I wear vintage full time but since I’m a scientist I don’t wear my favourite vintage clothes to work because it can get messy in the lab. The 1950s is the most popular vintage decade – it never really left. You still see the 50s silhouette in modern fashion – the small waist and full circle skirt. It’s very elegant and feminine. You still see it on the runway of Christian Dior,” she said.
Kristin spends her spare time in charity shops. “Dedicate a day to vintage shopping. If you’ve never done it before, take a chance. Pick one shirt because you love the colour,” she advises.
Oxfam has more than 670 high street shops and the huge Oxfam Online Shop, which raise crucial funds for Oxfam’s work fighting poverty and suffering across the globe.
Many shops have vintage sections, while the Oxfam Online Shop is a virtual world where fashion lovers and collectors discover treasures from the past at amazing prices to create looks that are totally on trend.
Richard Saint, Oxfam Senior E-Commerce Product Manager said, “Our four winners are super stylish and influential women who share their flair and passion for vintage on social media. They rely on charity shops to create their looks. The Oxfam Online Shop is a huge virtual department store where shoppers can time travel at their leisure and find items from yesteryear and yesterday to mix and create looks that are bang up to date.”
For more information and interviews contact Emma Fabian, Press Officer 01865 47 2193, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notes to Editors
• Oxfam is a global movement of people all working towards the same goal – an end to the injustice of poverty. Together we save and rebuild lives in disasters, help people earn a living, and speak out on the big issues, like inequality and climate change, that keep people poor. And we won’t stop until we get there. Join us!
• For every £1 donated to Oxfam, 84p goes directly on emergency, development and campaigning work, 8p is spent on support costs, and 8p is invested to generate future revenue.
• Oxfam Online Shop is the UK’s biggest charity shop with thousands of unique treasures all in one place, from the Oxfam Unwrapped range of charity gifts to more than 100,000 unique second-hand items. There are over 50,000 books, more than 23,000 women’s clothing and accessories items, 13,000 music products, films and video games and 6,000 items of homewares and collectibles. Oxfam shops across the country upload new items to the site every day, and volunteers at two central hubs, based in Milton Keynes and Batley,
Yorkshire, upload thousands of new items a week.
• Wastesaver is Oxfam’s central hub for all things vintage. It’s where unique clothing donations – from high street fashion to vintage gems – are sorted and listed online. Oxfam’s individual high street shops also list donations online, from designer labels to signed books and second-hand cameras.
• Victoria Moss is Senior Fashion News and Features Editor at the Daily Telegraph. Previously she was Acting Fashion Features Director at Marie Claire and Fashion Features Editor at Instyle. Victoria writes a regular column at Instyle.
• Photographer Benjamin Tietge was Mario Testino’s former first assistant and has also worked with Annie Leibovitz.
• Rosie Lewis is a QVC presenter who has made up faces from Hollywood to Brentwood and even the Prime Minister.
• Andrew Williams is Senior Stylist at Nicky Clarke’s salons.