Tuesday, 14 October 2014

In Retrospect Magazine - A Kickstarter project

Earlier in the year I mentioned a new magazine called In Retrospect and if you follow me on twitter you may have seen me mention recently that the team behind the magazine are longing to take it to print and have started a Kickstarter campaign in a bid to bring the dream to life. 

I was thrilled to be asked to write for this magazine and I was double (triple, quadruple) thrilled when I was actually being asked to write about photographers, because you'll know if you've followed me for a while I love photography (so much that I've just started uni to study a BA, but more news on that later!) 

I wrote an article on photographer Vivian Maier, which by the end of my research I was actually writing notes through tears, admittedly I am an emotional Minnie, but this lady's story is fascinating and I still haven't decided how I feel about the work and life of a deeply private person being exposed when she is no longer alive to give her permission but the work is a wonderful body of social history. It's an interesting story and you can read my thoughts on it here 



What I liked about this magazine idea when creator Mat Keller (Also the creator of The Southern Retro Project) approached me with it, was that it wasn't just a magazine for women (which a lot of magazines especially vintage ones tend to be) and it also wasn't just aimed at men either. So here we have an opportunity to help launch a magazine that we can all enjoy.

If like me you like to read in the bath, you'll appreciate the beauty of a good traditional paper magazine. Yes the pages will get wrinkly from the steam and yes you may even drop it in the bubbles and have to dry it off on the radiator, but there's nothing like a magazine you can flick through rather than scroll, something you can roll up and put in your bag and actually read and be away from a computer screen!  


If you'd like to pop on over an have a browse at the first three issues of In Retrospect online then they are all there waiting for you for FREE. If you feel it's something you'd like to support to help get in to print then you can pledge as little as  £1 (which if you've just read three free issues you can even think of it as like leaving a tip!) 

With Kickstarter no money gets taken from your account unless the target is reached, which is why I like this system. 

I'll leave you with Mat's description of the magazine as it sums up just how varied the content is perfectly.

Covering vintage fashion & style, music, dancing, history, culture, furniture, design, technology, transport and much more – our aim is to provide a magazine that not only encompasses every part of the vintage lifestyle but caters for the tastes of anyone and everyone with a penchant for days gone by.


Monday, 6 October 2014

Guest Post: Skin Deep? Part Two

I extended my blog time off by a few more weeks as I'm out and about on other projects including planning for Norwich Fashion Week 2015 and starting university (eek!) I'll be back super soon but for now here's the final part of a guest post the lovely Lucy Santos wrote for you. You can read part one of Lucy's post here - really interesting stuff indeed. Lucy is an academic, she really knows her makeup history! 

Fire and Ice advert, 1952 (author's own collection) 

“What is the American girl made of? Sugar and spice and all things nice? Not since the days of the Gibson Girl! There’s a new American beauty…. she’s tease and temptress, siren and gamin, dynamic and demure. Men find her slightly, delightfully baffling. Sometimes a little maddening. Yet they admit she’s easily the most exciting woman in the world! She’s the 1952 American beauty with a foolproof formula for melting a male! She’s the ‘Fire and Ice girl”. (Are you?) 
 
Super bright, red lipstick was incredibly popular in the 1950s as the advent of technicolour films led to women wanting to emulate the colours they saw on screen. After the shortages and difficulties of the war years people were ready for some fun and frivolity (although the continuation of rationing until the mid 1950s put limits on what could be enjoyed!). 

Lipsticks were bright and bold. Orange-red lipsticks for blonde hair, redheads and other medium dark colours; and purple- red lipsticks for dark haired women were specifically advertised to be tailored to the individual’s colouring.  

The 1950s lip shape was voluptuous and pouty with overdrawing sometimes being used on the top lip to create an exaggerated cupid bow and fuller top lip. Shades released by Boots Number Seven in 1950 included Firefly, Persian Red, Cherry Ripe, Garnet, Tropic Tan, May Pink and Fuchsia.  

With such an emphasis on the lips there were lots of products introduced to help women achieve the perfect pout as well as an abundance of products to stop women leaving traces of their lipsticks over glasses, napkins and …. Men.  

Lipcote, available by early 1950, was heavily advertised as ‘a colourless liquid which is painted thinly over lipstick with the brush provided. Its purpose is to make the colour indelible and so avoid stains on cups, handkerchiefs and napkins.  

Lipcote, 1951 (author's own collection) 
 
 Other products were available 
 

Lipstick Pads, 1950s (author's own collection) 
 
The text on the small card in the corner of this unopened box reads: 
 
"For Milady's use in her handbag or purse, while shopping, to change her make-up. Better still to insert inside linen napkins, for luncheons and dinners, to remove lipstick before using a napkin." 
 
Contained in this vibrant red box - which has gotten a little battered with time - are the original 24 pads which are the thickness of a paper napkin although of a much softer material. 

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For more blog posts on the history of beauty and more visit Lucy's blog 
 

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