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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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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 anyway: 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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If You Want Something Done Right, Do It Yourself; Why This Women Decided To Create Her Own Pin-up Magazine

I cannot express the importance of representation enough. Especially for black women such as myself. Black women are told constantly that they need to conform to a Eurocentric standard of beauty to be seen as feminine or glamorous. If you have straight hair and a lighter skin tone, it’s seen as more docile, quit, and traditionally more feminine. If you have darker skin and kinkier hair, you’re seen as ghetto, unkempt, loud mouthed, and traditionally more masculine.  
Which leads to women of a darker skin tone being underrepresented in the media. Especially vintage/pinup media. It’s very said that this ‘50s mentality is still held by the small minded few - but, there’s a women that goes by the name of Candace Michelle, who wanted to show the world that black women are and can be just as glamorous and feminine as any other women (whether the mainstream media chooses to acknowledge it or not.) I spoke to her to get her views on this topic.

Q: How did you start your magazine and why?
A: “I …