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03 April 2014

Spring Festival highlights and all that jazz

Spring Festival 2014 is officially finished and we had a fabulous time! Here are some photos from the most popular event Puttin' on the Glitz - Fashion and Film in the Jazz Age which began with a talk by the ever so stylish Amber Jane Butchart and Christopher Laverty and ended with roaring cocktail party. 

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Amber referring to the Library's vintage magazine collection. I don't know anyone who looks as good as her in a turban. 

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Chris is obsessed with the costumes in HBO series Boardwalk Empire. Here he's detailing the show's exquisite suit tailoring - see how the pattern on Nucky Thompson/Steve Buscemi's jacket is perfectly lined up? Nice. I think Chris himself looks like a character from the show! 

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'Always well-dressed, not always well-behaved' - our fabulous cocktail party hosts - The Vintage Mafia.  

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Alex Mendham & His Orchestra provided the jazzy tunes. They were wearing authentic suits from the 1920s. 

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Darling, of course we danced The Charleston! 

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Ladies getting their hair and make-up done by Pretty Me Vintage.

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A lovely couple in Hanson Leatherby's studio. 

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Lots of ladies in pretty hairpieces.

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Dancing shoes! That's me in ASOS gold brogues and my colleague Pam in Vivienne Westwood getting silly in The Mighty Booth. 

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A handsome couple. I think men should always wear a flower in their jackets...

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... and women should always wear flowers in their hair. Isn't she gorgeous?  

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The Vintage News interviewing Amber. They use cameras from the 1920s/30s that really work!

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And why not put a vintage car on the piazza?

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Ain't this guy cool? 

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What we drank: French 75, Mary Pickford, Manhattan

Short film coming soon - follow me at @BL_Creative.

All photos by Luca Sage

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