The Vintage Collections - Inspiring the catwalks!
They'll be a buzz in the capital this autumn as fashionistas flock in to London's most celebrated event and get their long awaited vintage fashion fix at our two day vintage shopping extravaganza with styles spanning over 100 years of fashion. Many of which inspire the catwalks today...
The iconic Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair returns to the stunning Freemasons Hall in Covent Garden ahead of London Fashion Week after 18 months in lockdown. The pandemic brought the world to a stand still, people's shopping habits changed and social media became the platform for selling fashion but nothing beats the buzz of a well-curated IRL vintage fair where you can meet the dealers and hear the stories behind the pieces and finally try them on. It will be well worth the wait! Get ready for a whole weekend of vintage shopping on Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th September 2021. Shop over 50 cherry-picked dealers offering vintage fashion, accessories, trimmings and textiles. Shop for vintage from the 1900s onwards alongside pre-loved designer labels from Biba, Ossie Clark and Dior to YSL, Chanel and more.
A favourite amongst fashion designers, stylists, costume departments, celebrities and vintage lovers alike. The fair is one of the best spots to shop for vintage in the UK with regular traders and NEW traders adding to the eclectic mix of styles on the rails each day, so why not purchase a Weekend Special ticket so you don't miss out.
''We will be filled to the rafters with rare and collectible pieces perfect for design teams looking for inspiration, red carpet dresses as well as more wearable fashion that our traders have saved exclusively for our IRL event. It is going to be EPIC''
Make do and mend. Visit their on-the-spot alterations team to ensure your new vintage purchases fit like a glove or bring your old wardrobe to be revamped into something more current.
''I was raised on second hand and vintage clothing. Sometimes pieces don't fit perfectly but you fall in love with the print or the cut so just a little adjusting here and there by an experienced seamstress that understands period clothing can make a big difference to the fit and you'll feel fantastic wearing it. If you've had garments in your wardrobe that you haven't worn for months or years, it's time to give them some tlc so they are wearable again or upcycle them into something completely new, but don't throw them away! The UK produces 206 tonnes of textile waste per year and 1.7kg goes to landfill''
NEW! There will be delicious food and refreshments served throughout day in Freemasons Hall cafe and bar so you can take a well-earned rest with your friends between browsing, a pop-up nail bar for a bit of pampering plus special guests!
Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair have been championing antique, vintage and pre-loved fashion for 12 years now with prices starting from £5 to over £100 at their fairs so there is something for everyone.
''Quality and authenticity doesn't necessarily mean a heavy price tag. We have price points for all our customers from students looking for costume jewellery to adorn a jacket or a kimono paired with jeans to the wardrobe department for a West End production looking for 1900s opera capes''
''My dream was to bring vintage to the high street and to change peoples perception of second hand unwanted goods by empowering our customers to make choices for the good of our environment, instead of the less ethical manufacturing of many of our high street brands. Fashion is unique and so are all our customers. I love seeing the looks our customers create by mixing and matching styles from different eras available at our fair and the transformation from trend led customers to trend setters with vintage being their go-to sartorial choice''
Freemasons Hall is conveniently located just 5 mins from Holborn tube station and approximately 8 mins from Covent Garden tube station. There is ample free parking in the surrounding area on Sunday's and an NCP car park in Parker Mews or parking meters on Saturday.
*There will be Health & Safety measures in place subject to government guidelines at the time which may include temperature checking, hand sanitiser points, one-way shopping routes, contactless payments encouraged where possible, toilets and high-frequency touch points sanitised regularly by cleaning staff, contact tracing system in operation and the mandatory wearing of face masks*