Retro fashion portrait shoots are gaining major popularity as women everywhere look for their inner vintage vixen. Finding the perfect sixties mini skirt, wartime tea dress or drop-waisted twenties frock has never been easier. The internet has revolutionised the concept of the vintage wardrobe. But what are the important things to consider when you’re on the look out for that perfect photo shoot outfit?
One of the reasons for choosing the vintage concept is to make your shoot individual, memorable and highly original. You are creating a strong look which will instantly take you back to a former time so it’s a good idea to check out photos of the era you’re interested in.
If you want the classic fifties American prom look, search for pictures of those teenagers of the past in their party outfits, watch films like Grease for that exaggerated representation of fifties fashion or take a look at what celebrities from that time were wearing on the red carpet.
Fancy travelling further back in time? Silent Ladies and Gents is a website full of photos from the silent film era – everything from headdresses and fur coats to flapper dresses and costume jewellery covers the most famous stars of the time before ‘talkies’. Try to imagine which era you’d like to have lived in – that’s often a great starting point.
There are so many incredible hair and make-up tutorials on Youtube to help you achieve the vintage look you’re going for. Get the perfect Bettie Page fringe, learn how to do victory curls or create the biggest sixties beehive imaginable through watching free videos made by those with a passion for retro fashion. Don’t fancy doing it yourself, photographers often have a wealth of industry contacts – ask them if they know of anyone who can take your face and hair back to the past.
Kelly-Ann Maddox is a Fashion blogger who has recently restarted her Tea for Two fashion blog and is an extraordinary copy writer. I have known Kelly for a few years now and first found her as a stray retro fashion victim in Moscow, Russia and took her in. Before you know it she was reusing ancient Babushka clothes bought from a flea market. This will be the first of a number of guest posts by Kelly.