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Emmy Nominated Costume Designer Marion Boyce Talks About Her Love Of Vintage Fashion And More

In honor of the return of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, I decided to speak to one of the former costume designers; Marion Boyce is an award winning costume designer who’s known for her out standing work in movies such as the “The Dress Maker” and many others.

I’ve always loved Miss Fisher’s outfits; they are always so fashionable, eccentric, and complement her perfectly. I often model a lot of my outfits after hers. So you can imagine how exited I was to have a chance to speak with the women that designed them - I wanted to know how she developed such a passion for vintage fashion - and how she first came to love it.

Q: You seem to have such a passion for vintage fashion, and fashion in general. At what point in your life do you think you really started to realize your passion for it?
A: “I truly do love textiles and fashion - especially vintage fashion. Designers truly knew how to make clothing shine back then. I spent my childhood rummaging through my great grandmother's trunk of…
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Five Common Questions About Pin-up Fashion Pin-up Girl Answered By Pin-up Girls

As you all know, I want to encourage women from all walks of life to find their inner pin-up girl. But of course, before anyone gets into a new lifestyle, they’ll have a few questions. So I asked real-life Pin-up models common questions people have concerning pin-up fashion.
Q: What Do I Wear To My First Pin-up Shoot? The Penny Wise Pinup A: "When women ask me what they should wear to a shoot, my very first thought is "Whatever the heck you want!" and really that is the truth! I believe each pinup needs a few killer styles in their arsenal that makes them feel like a million bucks! For me, that style is a vintage pencil dress. These are time period correct, hug my waist and emphasis that booty - The more confident you feel in your clothing, the more confidence you will portray in the shoot."
Q: How Do I Dress Like A Pin-up For Work?

Ivory Coast To Germany: French Vintage Fashion Enthusiast Aurore Talks About Her Travels Throughout Europe

One of the reasons I started Thatpinup, was to help fellow eccentric women know that they are not alone. That there are women who look and dress like them. Not just from the US, but all over the world. In my journey, I've interviewed women from Japan, Russia, Brazil; the UK, and More. They all had such different experiences in life. But somehow, they ended up on the same style journey as me and many others - That's what I find so interesting. 

We are all so different. But in many ways, the same. All you have to do is reach out. You never know what relationships you could form if you go by differences and assumptions. Travel. Talk to someone you wouldn't usually talk to - Life is not about where you're going, but rather the memories you make along the way.

So when I found Aurore's page on instagram, I just had to interview her. She's an African-French vintage fashion enthusiast that has traveled to every country in Europe. Who's an advocate for immigrants, and…

Meet The Black Pinup Artist Challenging Racist Vintage Beauty Ideals One Drawing At A Time

You’ve heard of pinup artists such as Gil Evlgren, Bill Ward, and so on. But they never incorporated pin-ups of color into their designs; due to racist beauty ideals and standards the were held during the pin-up era (1940s - 1950s) that are still somewhat held today. I came across some art that show cast women of color in a classic and glamourus way. I did some research on the artist, and found out that not only is she an amazing artist, she's a stunning pin-up model as well. She goes by the name "The Urban Pinup" and I've already Interviewed her a few times on this site.

She first got involved with pinup fashion when she made a bet with her then boyfriend at the time to see who could take better pictures. She went for a more retro team and of course, she won! The photographer spent more time taking pictures of her then him.

She’s also an advocate for embracing natural hair, and for more vintage hair tutorials for natural black hair. She often experiments a lot with h…

Are You A Naturalist? Here Are Five Vintage Hairstyling Tips That You Need To Know About

If you’re a naturalist, you know how much time and effort it takes just to wash your hair. Let alone style it. Finding out how to manipulate your natural hair texture is close to impossible; due the lack of vintage hair tutorials for black hair. So, I decided to create a list of fives tips and tricks I learned trough out my vintage natural hair journey:

1. Snoods Are Your Best Friend
Snoods can protect your hair and add that little vintage touch to your look at the same time.! Just put your hair in a bun, then cover it with a snood. Pin the hanging parts of the snood up with Bobby pins then a hair flower for a more vintage effect, and you’re done!
2. Berets Are Also Your Best Friend
Berets are also a life saver; they add that little French classic touch as well as protect your hair at the same time. To start, put your bangs in a flat twist then twist the rest of your hair. Take a Barrett and tuck your twist in it. Leave you bangs exposed and there you have it.
3. Wash Your Hair Less
Washin…

Computer Programmer By Day, Pin-up By Night; Penny Heartbleed Talks About Her Experiences As A Pin-up In Tech

According to a 2013 study from The National Academy Of Sciences, men are two times as likely to be hired in a field that involves mathematics than women. When the only difference between the two applications is the gender.

Nearly forty percent of women with engineering degrees don’t even enter the field. If they do, they usually quite soon after. Women in tech who majored in business also tend to quit soon after.
But why? Well, if you’re a woman who likes to express her femininity in any way: you’re seen as a joke. A distraction. Someone who doesn’t belong in a setting that involves using your brain. Because you couldn’t possibly know about anything besides makeup and the latest celebrity gossip.

But don't just take it from me (a tech student) take it from Penny Heartbleed; a pin-up girl and computer programmer from Norway. I spoke to her to see what she thought about this issue, and what advice she had for young women who'd like to to work in tech.



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