Vintage weddings and events are so hot right now!
When a client comes to us requesting a vintage wedding or function, we usually jump in with child-like enthusiasm. However, we have found, of late, that the term ‘vintage’ has become somewhat of a misnomer that could pretty much mean anything, from an eclectic collection of items of times gone by, to a modern mixture of ideas and styles.
According to Webster’s dictionary the term ‘Vintage’ (when not pertaining to wine-making), means “of old, recognized, enduring interest, importance or quality, or dating from the past.”
That’s not to say that the term should be tied down to any one particular style or time period, but rather that we should be careful to coin a phrase without being aware of its rich history and the endless possibilities that come with it!
Despite sometimes being dismissed as ‘classical’, the 1920’s to late 1950’s fall into a vintage category of their own:
The roaring 20’s…
A time when black-and-white was the new black, gangsters, the mafia and Laurel and Hardy dominated silent movies, silhouettes were thin and boyish ad the Charleston was danced with overt enthusiasm. Pearls and feathers, cloche hats, fedoras, wing tip shoes and the … er … stylish Zoot suit dominated the fashion scene. The 20’s was a time of vixens in red lips and fingerwave hairstyles, smoking long, thin, Vogues. It was bold and striking and sexy.
The 20’s “swinged” (to Big Band music) into the 30’s with its subtle colours, Bakelite appliances and influences of modernism and Art Deco. For all its apparent depression, the 30’s was a time of glamour and elegance, of Bette Davis and Marlene Dietrich, Fred Astaire and Humphrey Bogart, ankle strap high heeled shoes and fur wraps, the Isadora wedding dress and plaid, double-breasted suits. I, for one, see nothing to be depressed about!
The 1940’s were greatly centered around World War II. Think Aviation, war time memorabilia and men in uniform. This time-period also brought us the bombshell dress, pin-up girls and the Jitterbug!
Drive-ins and soda shops rocked with Elvis in the 50’s. James Dean, a jukebox and poly-vinyl checkerboard floors, records blaring ‘Twist and Shout’, ice-cream and bubblegum, Sandy and Danny and Summer Lovin’. Roadhouse parking lots were packed with big Chevys and pink Cadillacs, while waitresses on wheels served the Brill-creamed men and girls with ponytails their food.
The ‘Classical Vintage’ owns a plot on Memory Lane and adds definite nostalgia to any event, even for those of us born post-1980.
So, go on, be a vintage vixen and party with (Classical) style!
Photograph: Wesley Vorster
Author: Sunelle van den Berg