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Fit For A Queen: Her Majesty’s Milliner Rachel Trevor Morgan Talks All Things Headwear

Headwear is very important in the vintage fashion community; it often adds that last dramatic touch that is needed to make the outfit come all together. Many women don’t know the first thing about headwear, or how to wear it.
Headwear (more specifically hats) is dated as far back as the late 1800s.They were used more for necessity rather than a fashion statement. Even though many would assume otherwise, due to their extravagant designs.
They went in and out of style for a while until their popularity seemed to plummet in the ‘60s. They are now often only worn inchurches for religious reasons or in the winter for necessity.
I spoke to Rachel Trevor-Morgan, a Milliner granted a Royal Warrant to design for the Royal family.  I wanted to know how she felt about hats not being as popular as they once were, and the advice she has for women who want to start wearing them.
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Japan To London: Japanese Pin-up Luka Watabe Talks About Her Experiences As A Pinup In London

Before the Meiji era, Japan isolate itself from western culture. People only wore traditional japonse clothing; such as the kimono. During the Meiji era, Japanese people started to slowly adapt to western culture and fashion.
Japanese men started to wear suits, and women of a higher class started to wear western style dresses. Western attire for women was only worn by women who were married to diplomats or of a higher class.
Kimonos were still frequently worn, but combined with western accessories. After WII, western clothing was seen as a symbol of sophistication; Japanese women started to wear western clothing in everyday life, and men’s attire became largely influenced by western culture as well.
Some women in Japan still wear vintage western attireto this day. I spoke to a Japanese women by the name of Luka Watabe - a vintage fashion enthusiast and singer that’s originally from Japan, but living in London, what her experiences is like as pinup in Japan vs London.

Q: You’re originally …

Four Stunning Retro Seasonal Looks For Women Of Color

Black vintage fashion enthusiasts such as myself, often have trouble finding inspiration or tutorials for us. Representation matters. That’s why I always encourage vintage fashion enthusiast to share their looks, tips, and advice. You never know who you could inspire.
Today, I’m going to show you five individual pin-up looks that are sure to inspire the inner pinup in you!

This saucy little faux leather number it perfect for a night out in the fall. It’s sure to keep you warm and stylish as you go out for drinks with the girls, or if you have a hot date you need to impress but you also don’t want to get hypothermia while doing it.
You know what they say: The bigger the hair, the closer you are to god! This tropical vacation look is sure to make you look as hot as the summer weather as you relax on the beach or if you decide to go salsa dancing.  Whatever you do, your summer Is sure to be hot one in more ways than one with this  look.

Where I live, it’s still a little chilly. I often try t…

“Start Small” Russian Pinup Marianna Koshka Talks All Things Pinup Fashion

A lot of women are hesitant to try vintage/pinup fashion because it’s very bold and flamboyant. Even though they enjoy how it looks, the attention it attracts can be very pretty off-putting. That’s why it’s always good to start small. Whether it’s with a bold lip, earrings or simply just a hairstyle.
Sometimes , it takes years before you start wearing the full look. At Least that’s how long it took for Marianna Koshka, a vintage model from Russia with a love for classic movies. I spoke to her about her alternative fashion journey, and the advice she had for women that are just starting theirs.

Q: How and why did you first start wearing vintage style fashion?
A: “ As a child, my parents and I watched old Hollywood movies that featured stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Vivien Leigh, Ava Gardner and Audrey Hepburn. They inspired me. When I was little, I used to wear my mother's dresses. I would  pick up one of her purses and imagine myself walking along the Thames embankment. But, I didn’t …

“Ignore The Reactions” German Vintage Fashion Enthusiast Madeleine D’Enfer Talks About Her Experiences Germany

Here in the US, dressing in vintage fashion usually garners a lot of attention. Many people stare at you, take pictures, compliment you and ask you what you’re so dressed up for. There are some occasional mean looks, but I’ve never gotten more than that.
But I can only speak for myself and the experiences I’ve had in the city I live in. So I asked Madeleine, a multi-lingual aspiring interpreter from Germany, what it’s like for her to live in Germany and dress the way she does. I also wanted to know the advice she had for dealing with judgment.

"I Never Let My Size Define Me" Plus Size Vintage Fashion Enthusiasts Talk About Their Struggles In The Vintage Fashion Community

I was shocked by people's outrage when a popular plus-sized actress and singer Chrissy Metz was featured in a spread for Harper's Bazaar.I don't care what size you are, that shouldn’t hold you back from following your dreams. 
I wanted to get an actual plus sized Pin-up Girl’s point of view on this topic. So, I spoke to two plus-sized Pinup models and asked them about their experiences in the fashion industry, and about the challenges they face as women of a larger size. 

Jenny Rieu

"Here is the thing, there's no hardest part about being a plus-size pin-up girl. Sure, a lot of retro brands still hire mostly the same cookie cutter stereotype of what a pin-up should look like. However, there is room for everyone. I never let my size define me or the opportunities I have. I would also add that the fact that I am a plus size pin-up doing retro inspired shoots makes me stand out, especially being a woman of color."

The Secret Plus Sized Goddess "The biggest probl…

“It Became A Symbol Of My Freedom” How Domestic Violence Made This Woman Turn To Vintage Fashion

According toThe National Domestic Violence Hotline, one in three American women ages 18 to 24 have experienced rape, psychical violence, or stalking by an intimidate partner in their lifetime. Women from the ages of 25 to 34 experienced the highest rate of intimate partner violence. 
Women, especially in religious communities, are often told to stay with their abusers. We are told to forgive them for every scar they leave on our bodies, and most importantly, our minds.
While physical violence is absolutely unacceptable in any relationship, I find that when I’m speaking to women, it’s the emotional abuse that causes the most pain.
Physical scars eventually heal, mental scars often never do. Many women turn to food, drugs, or alcohol to cope with their abuser constantly belittling them: “Who else would want you?” “Why are you wearing that? You look like a Slut.” “You can’t live without me.” “No one would believe you over me.”
When you’re told things like that constantly, you eventually star…