Check out the Bloody Edith Instagram feed at this profile – LOLADISTEFANOHistoryEverything started from a pair of shorts: the one Jane Wyman was wearing in “Magic Obsession”.Laura Distefano was getting ready for the Kustom Weekend 2008 while tv was showing the great movie directed by Douglas Sirk. It was then that she decided to sew those shorts for her to be wear during the Tuscany meeting.Said and done. It was a great success.The retro style, passion for the fashion, the professional skills experienced in the tailoring of the most prestigious italian theaters and lot of ambition did the rest. That was the beginning of an hand-made clothing line inspired by forties and fifties.Today Bloody Edith is the first “made in Italy” brand in its business sector and it promotes from Rome to all Europe the italian tradition of quality and elegance.Is in the stylish showroom nearby Piazza del Popolo that ideas come true: it’s in this place that fashion mixed up with tailoring skills to create an unique style.Philosophy and collectionThe magic sensation of Grandma’s wardrobe, the feeling of being in an old movie full of narrow waist and fluffy hair young ladies. Laura Distefano decided to live such a dream everyday and to make a job of it.The costume designer started to look for original 40’s and 50’s fashion patterns, the finest fabrics and curious vintage details through European collectors’ markets, haberdashery stores and old warehouses. The result is an original female clothing line that reproduces the style of the age undeniably marked by the fashion of Edith Head, the famous Paramount’s costume designer who the brand is dedicated to. “A dress should be tight enough to show that you are a woman and large enough to show that you’re a lady”, suggests Edith Head in her book “The Dress Doctor”. It became Bloody Edith’s inspiring principle.Wheel skirts, navy overalls, pin-up shorts, bon ton sweaters and hats. Each garment is designed and hand made by crossing a taste for the past to the advantage of a new item. In the roman tailoring shop are born dresses with floral theme stealing the colors of Hawaii, high-waisted trousers with a characteristic cuff that remind us of the big screen’s divas, screwed jackets and animalier shirts. This is not a simple reproduction of the Forties and Fifties fashion, but a unique replica of the trends that have left an indelible mark in the history of costume, to return to woman the pleasure of a single item, freeing her from the trends imposed by a market fashion plagued by the products in series. La storiaTutto è iniziato da un paio di pantaloncini: quelli indossati nel 1954 da Jane Wyman in “Magnifica ossessione”.Mentre Laura Distefano preparava le valigie per il Kustom Weekend 2008 in tv trasmettevano l’indimenticabile pellicola diretta da Douglas Sirk. Fu allora che la costumista teatrale decise di cucirsene un paio da sfoggiare proprio in occasione del raduno toscano. Detto, fatto. E il successo fu immediato.Il gusto retrò, la passione per la moda, la competenza professionale acquisita nelle sartorie dei più prestigiosi teatri italiani e una buona dose di coraggio e intuito imprenditoriale hanno fatto il resto. Così, da quegli shorts, ha preso il via la produzione artigianale di una linea di abbigliamento ispirata agli anni Quaranta e Cinquanta.Oggi Bloody Edith è diventato il primo marchio made in italy nel suo settore e da Roma esporta in tutta Europa la tradizione di eleganza e qualità italiana.Nell’elegante showroom a pochi passi da Piazza del Popolo nascono le idee e si sperimentano gli accostamenti: è qui che la storia della moda incontra l’abilità sartoriale e si innesca l’originale processo creativo che da vita a uno stile unico.La filosofia e la collezioneLa magia dell’armadio della nonna, l’emozione di sentirsi dentro un passato cinematografico affollato di signorine dalla vita stretta e l’acconciatura vaporosa. Questo incanto Laura Distefano ha scelto di viverlo ogni giorno e di proiettarlo nel proprio lavoro. Ha rovistato nei mercatini dei collezionisti, nei vecchi empori e nelle mercerie storiche di tutta Europa alla ricerca di cartamodelli originali degli anni ‘40 e ‘50, dei tessuti più pregiati e di curiosi dettagli vintage. Il risultato è una linea di abbigliamento femminile che recupera con originalità lo stile del periodo segnato indiscutibilmente dalla moda di Edith Head, la storica costumista della Paramount a cui è dedicato il marchio. “Un vestito deve essere abbastanza stretto per mostrare che sei una donna e abbastanza lento per mostrare che sei una signora”, suggerisce proprio la Head nel libro “The dress doctor”. Bloody Edith ne ha fatto il suo principio ispiratore.Gonne a ruota, salopette marinarette, shorts da pin up, maglioncini bon ton e cappellini bomboniera. Ogni capo è disegnato e realizzato a mano incrociando il gusto per il passato al vantaggio di un capo nuovo. Nella sartoria romana nascono abiti dalle fantasie floreali che rubano i colori alle Hawaii, pantaloni a vita alta dal caratteristico risvolto che ricordano le dive del grande schermo, giacche avvitate e camicie animalier. Non si tratta però di una semplice riproduzione della moda Forties e Fifties, ma di una riedizione unica delle tendenze che hanno lasciato un segno indelebile nella storia del costume, per restituire alla donna il piacere di un capo unico, liberandola dalle tendenze imposte da un mercato della moda afflitto dall’omologazione dei prodotti in serie.
Bettina Scarlett Presents is a boutique public relations and events agency with a passion for the 1950s. Having been brought up with rockabilly and rock n roll music of the 1950s, I am slowly turning my passion into a business by promoting brands inspired by the 1950s to a wider audience.
Bettina Scarlett presents was thought up by myself after graduating with a degree in Fashion Promotion and with a love for all things 1940s and 50s related. Starting off in front of the camera I was a successful pinup model for many years but now have gone behind the scenes to create focus on niche brands and to pass on my knowledge through a new creative and innovative platform.
I offer a wide rage of services from
Styling for photographic and film shoots as well as personal
Vintage and retro directory for all things 1940s and 50s related
Promo & pinup girls for events, parties, photographic and film shoots
I organise regular events in London called “The Mid Century Market” and fashion shows at weekenders like the Rockabilly Rave. The Mid Century Market gives fashion and other traders working in rockin’ and vintage styles an all day market outlet for their goods. The Market also features some of London’s top Rockabilly and Rhythm n Blues DJ’s.
Bettina kindly gave us this playlist of favourite songs/inspirations.
1.Thurston Harris – Do What You Did
2.The Five Keys – Crying Shame
3.Sam Cooke – Feel It
4.Jackie Wilson – Stop Doggin’ Me Around
5.Janis Martin – Cracker Jack
6.The Ad Libs – Boy From New York City
7.Etta James – Somethings Got A Hold On Me
8.The Country Dudes – Havin’ a Ball
9.The Jades – Blue Black Hair
10.Varetta Dillard – Scorched
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Page 4 -Faye Adams
Page 42 – Richard Weize Archives
Page 44 – Rhythm Riot 2016
Page 48 – Instrumentals Forever Part 7.
Page 50 – Sophisticated Ladies and/or Touch Cookies
Page 52 – Uncle Have and Mida Records
Page 63 – Usual Reviews etc.
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Baton Rouge Blues – Page 14
US Country Shows in Sweden – Page 29?
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Elvis 1954 – Page 42
Happy Harold Thaxton – Page 44?
Hemsby 57 – Page 49
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The latest issue of American Music Magazine is out now, see below.Index –There ia an amazingly detailed article about Dave Rich –[gallery ids="8174,8175,8176"]Rhythm Riot 2015Instrumentals Forever – Part 4Ponderosa Stomp 2015Cash Box FlashbackFor more information on how to order click on the image below –
Jen Jackson’s passion for most things retro stems mainly from a deep love of early glamour. A childhood of watching the old films on television and working her way through her parent’s vast record collection, this planted the seed. Then hitting the London clubs to jive none stop and get dressed up in forties and fifties attire, eventually collecting and shopping for clothes and accessories in Kensington, Camden and Portobello markets way back when provided the love and inspiration that led to Dream Retro.Jen the retro diva has traded at Portobello Road and Camden Markets, as well as promoting events, djing and running club nights in London.At Dream Retro you will find a stunning selection of books, vinyl records, kitsch barware, glassware, beautiful hand bags, jewellery, men’s & women’s accessories, posters and more. Mainly from the 1940’s & 50’s, many items have never been used, and all items are in excellent condition.[gallery ids="8145,8146,8147,8148,8149"]The best thing about coming to Dream Retro is that you can see before you buy & take the items home with you straight away, no need to wait for it to be delivered and, no need to shop on-line .Dream Retro is a great way to shop and a must for fans of all things retro.Open Weekly Tuesday – Saturday 10.30 am -5.30 pm
‘The Tattoo Lifestyle Shop’ is The Largest Online Tattoo Studio Directory (thetattoolifestyleshop.co.uk) and Alternative Shopping Centre (nicheorunique.co.uk) in the UK. The Tattoo Lifestyle Shop also includes ‘Strangemporium Oddity Shop – The Land That Taste Forgot’ (strangemporium.co.uk) which is the department store of The Tattoo Lifestyle Shop.The founding principle of the site is that the tattoo studio listings in the Studio Search and the main alternative business listings in Niche or Unique must be free to both users and business owners – the site may generate income in other ways, but these two main listings must always be free.The Tattoo Lifestyle Shop Facebook and Twitter pages publish a combination of between 5-10 daily offers, new products and competitions from the Niche or Unique Alternative Businesses.John Taylor who runs this online directory has played live and sang for many years and played guitar but mainly saxophone.Below is john’s favourite back tattoo: Here is a playlist of some of the songs John sang himself:
20th Century Cloth design and print our own exclusive range of mid-century inspired fabrics, and for those who don’t sew we have recently launched a brand new collection of makeup and wash bags using our fabulous prints.A little bit of background…..I grew up in the wilds of Norfolk, under the influence of 50’s and 60’s Rock n roll music with a generous sprinkling of country thrown in.After leaving school I went on to art college, during which time I began to develop more of an interest in the design of the 1950s – the fashions, the cars, the architecture and interiors and of course the music.I went on to work in the fashion/textiles industry for many years but gave up my career when my children came along. When the time came for me to get back into work I really wanted to pursue something I could really enjoy.Having a genuine passion for mid-century style, and a background designing printed textiles for leading UK high street brands, it seemed a natural progression to launch my own business creating exclusive vintage inspired fabrics.I am equally passionate about British made products as I am about mid-century style and have made the firm decision to support UK manufacturing. My fabrics and products are all designed in London and printed and manufactured in the UK.Helen Snell,20th Century ClothCheck out our Gallery below, and visit our website and social media pages at the links above![gallery ids="5887,5888,5889,5890,5891,5892,5893,5894" orderby="rand"] This is Helen’s current top ten tunes:Up Jumped The Devil – Ronnie Dawson
Fujiyama Mama – Wanda Jackson
Little Sister – Elvis
Boogie Woogie Country Girl – Big Joe Turner
Dance Franny Dance – Floyd Dakil Combo
Long Time No Love – Ronnie Smith
Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean – Ruth Brown
Rockabilly Blues (Texas 1955) – Johnny Cash
Breakup – Ray Smith
One Hand Loose – Charlie Feathers
RETRO T-SHIRTS FOR THE VINTAGE LIFESTYLE!We are an online only business. We offer retail and wholesale retro T-Shirts that inlcude hot rod racing, motorcycle racing, record label, vintage reproduction T-shirts, burlesque, Tiki, tattoo and more creative designed T-shirts. We also print for hire. Some of our custom printing customers include the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender, Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys, Deke Dickerson, Kin Lenz and many more!We aslo specialise in Bandanas! Some of our band and music T-Shirts:[gallery ids="5614,5615,5616,5617,5618,5619,5622,5621" orderby="rand"]Cars and Hot Rods:[gallery ids="5620,5623,5624"]Our Vintage State T-Shirts:[gallery ids="5626,5627,5628"] Misc T-Shirts:[gallery ids="5663,5664,5665,5666,5667"] To see our full range of T-shirts and Bandanas please visit our website, click on the image below to come over to our place:
We specialise in top quality authentic Ladies & Gents Vintage Clothing & Footwear, along with a massive range of accessories including, Ties, Scarfs, Hosiery, Handbags and Handmade Hair Accessories, all in period vintage, ranging from 1920’s right up to 1980’s.
You can find us at the UK’s largest Vintage Music Festivals and Weekenders every year including….
Hep Cats Holiday
The Rockabilly Rave
Plus many other 1940’s & 1950’s Events.
Keep track of where you can find us on our Facebook Page and we’ll see you there!!!.
Due to demand we have created our website http://www.shazamvintage.com for our Hair Flower range.
Our Hand Made Vintage Rockabilly inspired Hair Flowers have become so popular that many people have tried to replicate our Hair Flowers at the expense of poor quality products and colour selection.
You can be guaranteed you will be getting the best, that are worn by the best…. includingSingers, Celebrities and TV Personalities.
ORIGINAL CREATIONS HAND MADE BY SHAZAM.
Vintage 1940’s & 1950’s Pin Up
Glamour Burlesque Hawaiian
Rockabilly Hair Flowers
The Shazam Gallery: Click on any image to make it larger![gallery ids="5568,5569,5570,5571,5572,5573,5574,5575,5576" orderby="rand"]
Opening Times: Mon-Sat 11am to 7pm
Here are some of the designs we have already done, contact us on Facebook to see more.[gallery ids="2650,2651,2652,2653,2654,2655,2656,2657,2658,2659,2660,2661,2662,2663"]
The Studio is run by Johnny Cochran, here are some pictures of Johnny at work and play![gallery ids="2664,2665,2666,2667,2668,2669,2670,2671,2672,2673,2674,2675,2676" orderby="rand"]
Here are some images of the studio layout.[gallery ids="2677,2678,2679,2680,2681" orderby="rand"]
And finally for your pleasure here’s Johnny live on stage!
Established in 2007; Get Go Retro is your source for pinup, retro and vintage inspired clothing.
We love the 50’s feminine and old Hollywood glam styles; so it seemed a natural fit to sell retro clothing.
All items are selected with the express purpose of offering clothes that ultimately make a woman feel feminine and good about herself. We carry women’s fashions from such well known designers as Stop Staring, Lolita, Bettie Page and Ujena, (to name a few. ) We also carry some of the less well known designers by embracing many designers from the cottage industry in an effort to offer unique styles that other sites are not offering. This concept has proved to be a “win-win” situation for us and the smaller designers by allowing us more variety, and the designers a platform to sell their items .
Originally founded with the idea of paying for college, Get Go Retro has been growing by leaps and bounds in the few short years we have been in business. Our clientele are fans of the timeless and classic dresses of the 40’s and 50’. Think silver screen glamour icons such as Audrey Hepburn, Lauren Bacall and Rita Hayworth; or perhaps Burlesque Queen Bettie Page; to the girl next door, Debbie Reynolds.
Retro and rockabilly clothing accentuate the figure and cater to a woman’s independent fashion style with timeless and classic femininity. Retro fashion is worn by all ages, shapes and sizes. We carry all sizes; from petite to plus size. The retro styles are especially flattering on curvy women, so no need to be shy. Our clothes are classy, timeless, and most times, attention grabbing. One of the many characteristics of our dresses is that they can make the transition from being a perfect work dress and/or fabulous dinner dress.
We strive to offer our customers excellent service. If our customer’s are looking for something specific and we don’t sell it; let us know, we will try to find it for you. Our hope is to encompass a wide array of resources to help you create your own style and look. The company has a lot of fabulous plans for the coming year that you definitely won’t want to miss.
Any suggestions on how we can improve, or things you would like to see in the shop . . . feel free to contact us!
We stock the following types of clothes, click on the image below each category to go direct to that part of our website.
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Ever wish you could just go back in time? A retro apron helps. Trust us! We are proud to offer Retro Aprons designed and produced exclusively by Carolyn West of Carolyn’s Aprons and Cupcake Provocateur Retro aprons are fun, sexy and all about feeling glamorous. They can take you back to a time where you feel nostalgic … Whimsical and fun they enhance the merriment of playing dress-up combined with the indulgent delights of naughty pin-ups. Featured in numerous media outlets, these aprons are also sweet treats for yourself and fun gifts for mothers, sisters, daughters, and brides. And, heck … they may even help you cook better!
Retro aprons take us back in time to the 40’s and 50’s and gives us the feeling of nostalgia. Retro aprons take us back in time to the 40’s and 50’s and gives us the feeling of nostalgia.
Get ready to wear some Halloween Themed Clothing. It’s perfect. Wear it dining, dancing and entertaining on the Day of the Dead for a frighteningly good time; and wear it again another day. So versatile!
“If human beings had genuine courage, they’d wear their costumes every day of the year, not just on Halloween!” ~ Douglas Coupland
The Cutthroat Club Barber Services is a newly formed company, our aim is to help supply barber shops with products,scissors,and various Services i.e. – Training, product promotions, support etc etc..
The Cutthroat Club is owned and operated by Noel McHugh, the handsome cat below!
SKIN&BONE …….Soon in stock our own brand of handmade denim barber aprons, in sizes S, M, L, for pre-orders e-mail me for details.
We also stock a range of Pomades –
The Pomp & Co. family pic. Whatever your usage needs we got ya covered. Pomade & HairCream both available in travel size 1oz, regular size 4oz & XL barbershop size 16oz.
NOW IN STOCK …The full range of Layrite Pomades is now in stock at The Cutthroat Club in wexford. I had the pleasure of meeting the founder and man behind layrite, Mr Donnie Hawley at Barber Connect this year. What a legend.
Come and get a can of Layrite Before its gone, its going fast!
New cutthroat/shavettes coming online soon. E-mail me for info on orders.
We also stock scissors;
We are based in Wexford Town in Ireland’s Sunny South East, get in touch to arrange a cut or enquire about our products.
Ann Sheppard pays homage to all the forgotten heroines of the early 20th century – women for whom independence, self-assurance and freedom were important. They were not rebels or renegades, they just loved what they were doing.
Amelia Earhart, Gertrude Ederle and Jacqueline Cochran are some of these heroines, not forgetting all the countless female industrial workers who through building planes and ships amongst other things formed the backbone of the technological progress of the 1930s and especially the 1940s.
The fields of women’s activities changed dramatically and the styles of clothing changed with them. Inspired by these times, values and developments Ann Sheppard creates apparel rooted in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. This apparel is made to the same quality standards and with the same vintage techniques. Best fabrics, finest accessories and detailed finishing are the basis of all Ann Sheppard’s collections.
Collegiate Class is the result of Dai & Sharon’s ambition to promote Collegiate Shag everywhere they can, and to teach anyone willing to learn this crowd pleasing crazy dance style. Please “Like” our Facebook page to be kept up to date or sign up for our newsletter on the website.
Sharon & Dai Rowland have been dancing Lindy Hop since 2006 and Collegiate Shag since 2008. Dai is passionate about the music of the 30′s, 40,s and 50′s and performed in Rockabilly bands in the 70′s and 80′s. Sharon was introduced to the swingin’ music scene by Dai and has since been bitten by the (jitter) bug.
Inspired by a 1 hour taster workshop, they learned the smoother, East coast style of Collegiate Shag creating interest and praise within their local dance scene. Since that time, they’ve realised that there are very few instructors doing more than beginners workshops or providing the continuity and practice time that learning their favourite dance style requires.
Since then they have also achieved 2nd place at the Munich Balboa Shag weekend 2013
Widely recognised as International Shag dancers, ”Collegiate Class” is the result of their ambition to promote Collegiate Shag everywhere they can, and to teach anyone willing to learn this great dance style.
Each class is £5 per person.
At Flip Out Retro we love the 1950s! We have stylish clothes for men and women, accessories, gifts, art and much more. We have selected our range carefully, both vintage pieces and reproduction, to reflect the fun, glamour and style of the era.
If you are visiting Exeter, please come and see us, to view our full range which is changing all the time. Please contact us with any queries or if you would like to ask about different styles, sizes etc, and we will do our best to help.
Our opening hours:
Rockin’ Retro Boutique.
Proud stockists of ‘Outerlimitz’, Miss Fortune, Bow and Crossbones, ‘Retro-a-go-go!’ and ‘Pennychoo’. We also have a variety of one-off garments from leading retro designers and our own range of shirts for men. Our range will change all the time so keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates..
Bo’s contact details are:Bo Berglind; Kungsgatan 5; SE-432 45 Varberg; Sweden. email: See above.
Punkabilly Clothing is a Pin Up and Rockabilly Clothing Shop.
We opened our store back in 2009 and it is located in Bangkok, Thailand. At first it was a small online shop with just a few items, but it was slowly growing, as we were expanding our collections.
Today Punkabilly Clothing offers a lot of different kinds of clothes and accessories, from punk rock items to retro vintage style clothing. We work directly with manufacturers to design and produce the clothes exactly as we want them to be. The key ingredient in every of our models is love for the rockabilly and pin up style. We also carry in our shop some of the other Thailand major rockabilly brands like Six Bunnies, Liquor Brand and Eight Ball.
Explore the variety of our site’s offer and we are sure you will fall in love with this style. We ship all over the globe to both retail and wholesale customers.
Rockabilly Clothing, Pin Up Clothing, Punk Accessories, Retro & Vintage Style Clothing