Friday, 12 May 2017

The Love Witch - Vintage Wardrobe Magick




I'm often mistaken for someone who practices the dark arts. I'm asked if I'm a witch, a fortune teller, a psychic or if have "the gift" on a near-daily basis. A group of men I was chatting with a while ago told me that they used to call me Carry On Screaming before they found out my real name and Fenella Fielding's fan club follow me on Twitter.

A couple of days ago my fabulous artist friend Ilaria posted a link to a web page discussing the marvellous psychedelic wardrobe of 2016 film, The Love Witch (HERE) and suggested the costume designer may be one of my most devoted fans. Clicking on the link I couldn't believe my eyes, it was like my much better looking baby sister had raided my wardrobe complete with my trademark turquoise eye shadow and collection of vintage silver pendants.


In this scene Anne Biller, the costume designer, dressed Elaine (played by Samantha Robinson) in vintage Gunne Sax and used a blue eye shadow from Shiseido.


My 1960s silk maxi is by British designer Frank Usher and the eye shadow is by cheap-as-chips, cruelty-free brand, Sleek (£8.99 for a palette containing 12 eyeshadows as opposed to Shiseido which costs £24 for a single colour). The grosgrain ribbon I'm wearing around my neck came with the dress on to which I pinned my Great-Great Grandmother's monogrammed silver brooch.


I love these 1960s-does-Victorian dresses. My lawn cotton dress is labelled You & Me, London and was from a jumble sale years ago. The '70s Celtic pendant was one of last week's chazza finds.


I didn't think posing with a dagger was very PC so I opted for a milk bottle filled with bluebells instead!


Lacking a pentangle I lay on the lawn with Jon overcoming his fear of heights to climb the shed roof and take a photo (....the things we do for blogging!)


I'm wearing a 1970s rik-rak trimmed nylon two piece by Australian label, Michelle Bowen. My amber choker was 50p from a car boot sale.


Elaine's wearing another Gunne Sax maxi dress in this scene. 


Mine's a handmade cotton maxi with a pin-tucked bodice. The 1960s Portmerion Greek Key mug was part of a set I inherited from my parents.


Elaine's in another Gunne Sax dress here. The look Anne was trying to emulate was one of those vintage big-eyed Bradley dolls (which I collect).


I'm wearing the dress I found on my charity shop travels last week (sadly, someone tried it on at the Balham vintage fair and broke the zip so it's currently languishing on my mending pile), the Canadian-made vintage hat is on loan from the stockroom. The can of gin & slimline tonic is my own version of a magic potion.


Anne made this dress using a vintage pattern. 


I'm wearing a vintage St Michael shirt, a Butte Knit, New Zealand wool maxi skirt and an Annacat waistcoat. My 1920s carpet bag was inherited from my Grandma.


I look a bit demented in this photo! I'm wearing a 1970s halter top and maxi skirt by Charma. (I'd kill for the outfit Elaine's wearing). My necklace is a Victorian lead crystal heart I bought from a junk shop when I was 10. 


I've collected coloured glass for years (which was probably the last time I dusted it).


Anne found Elaine's white linen dress in a vintage shop in London.


I made mine out of a vintage Maltese tablecloth I bought at a car boot sale. The 1970s Sheffield Steel cross pendant was also a car boot find.


I didn't find a dress in the film resembling my favourite witchy dress, a 1960s panne velvet maxi by Samuel Sherman for Sambo I bought from a car boot sale 7 years ago. Today was the first time in years I'd been able to do up the zip. That's what I call magick!


Linking to Patti & The Gang for Visible Monday and Judith's Hat Attack.


PS We're at Vintage Village in Stockport this Sunday (details HERE) and it's our last vintage fair before the festival season. If we don't see you there we'll see you on the other side. Have a fab weekend!

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  1. Fucking awesome!! Love it to bits. Yup...you are a witchy woman for sure and a dead ringer for Fenella....mind if I smoke? Fielding! I reckon someone's had an eye on your style for sure.
    Have a fab witchy weekend.
    Loves ya!
    xxxxx

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  2. This has to be one of my absolute favourite posts of yours! I love all your outfits and especially love your hair in the picture where you're wearing the white and green Frank Usher dress, you look beautiful ❤ how lovely does the actress in the film look! She's fabulous! xxx

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    1. She's gorgeous, isn't she? Great outfits, that film must be worth seeing just for the wardrobe. xxx

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  3. spot of copy of you! I may have to move that movie to #1 on my Netflix list!

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  4. Amazing! I love that you've been able to recreate all the outfits. I did think of you when I watched the film a couple of months ago but forgot to mention it to you! I reckon she definitely took style tips from you xx

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    1. Fancy that! The styling look s fabulous, I'm immensely flattered. xxx

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  5. Freaking awesome. You should really be a film star. Maybe in part 2 of this movie - you could be the sister. Or at least a wardrobe consultant. And Jon on the shed roof to capture that photo, hahaha. So worth it. Excellent. I'd love to be known as Carry on Screaming!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Melanie. Jon says that he's never going on that roof again (until the next time I have a bright idea). xxx

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  6. I love this post, you definitely can get the witchy vibe going :) I too love glass, so apparently you had great taste at age 10 to pick up that victorian lead crystal. Jon's a good sport for getting on the roof for that shot

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    1. Thanks, CC! He is a good sport, bless him! xxx

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  7. Absolutely brilliant blog post. Love it. It must have taken you ages to put it together and I bet Jon had some fun taking the pics especially the dagger one. Hope the neighbours weren't watching.
    It should go viral, its fantastic.
    See you Sunday xxx

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    1. The joys of not being overlooked by neighbours, you can get up to all sorts of nonsense! xxx

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  8. Fabulous! The neighbours must've wondered what Jon was doing up on the roof. You do look a bit demented lol! Personally I like the witchy look. xx

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    1. The neighbours can't see us (but a couple of them tell me that they read my blog!) xxx

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  9. This is utterly brilliant! There is no way that designer isn't following your blog! No way at all. Elaine really looks like your slightly younger self. I'm most impressed with Jon climbing the shed roof to take that photo. As a fellow vertigo sufferer, I know what that means. xxx

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    1. I don't know what he found scarier, standing on the roof or trying to get to it by climbing a rotten ladder with half the rungs missing! xxx

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  10. I bet Jon is hoping that these overhead shots won't become a regular feature!! Love the pinky/peach photo...well, all of them really. Have a great time in Stockport; it always looks such a good venue, I'm afraid I'd spend a small fortune if I ever got there!
    Zxx

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    1. You would, Z! Stockport is full o ace stuff (loads of the clothes I'm wearing in this post came from there!) xxx

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  11. So friggin cool, Vix! And I was wondering the same thing- is the wardrobe designer for that film a follower of you and your blog?!
    xox!!!

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  12. How absolutely fabulous you look in all the outfits. My favourite is the white and green dress, closely followed by the red outfit.

    I wonder where the costume person sourced the outfits for the movie? I heard a fascinating Radio 4 programme called 'Rags to Riches' this week (in two 30 minute episodes) and the presenter was at an auction of vintage clothing in London, where lots of costumiers attend to buy costumes for their current film.

    BTW - what is a Bradley doll?

    Hope you have a very lucrative time in Stockport!

    xxx

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    1. Thanks, Veronica! That programme sounds just up my street, I'll have to look for it on the i-player.
      Bradley dolls are those big eyed dolls with stocking covered bodies. i'll have to do a post. I've never paid more than £1 for one. xxx

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  13. Brilliant post! Although the actress is very pretty, you look far more fetching with the turquoise eyeshadow. Luuurrrvvvveee your clothes!!!

    Happy thrifting ;)

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  14. What a fun post. She's your doppelganger for sure.

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  15. totally love this post! genius!!!!
    and chapeau to jon for climbing on the shed!
    xxxxx

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  16. What a fun, fun blog filled with gorgeousness and beauty. I love to try and find a favourite thing. Very hard but it had to be the carpet bag. It's stunning in it's own right but I love the sentiment that will come off it for you.
    Jolly hard work doing all the changes and shoots. What a good sort Jon is. Oh to be a fly on the wall.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it, Sally! It took us a couple of afternoons to do those photos and my costume changes! xxx

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  17. What a romp! Love these kinds of blog posts. And little did I know you collect Bradley dolls - I see those all the time thrifting and most are in very good condition. You can also find them on shopgoodwill.com.

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    1. Thanks, Tami! Like most of my collections I only buy those dolls if they're around £1! xxx

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  18. This post is epic-greatest thing EVER!
    And yes, the designer should be paying you royalties as the inspiration.

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  19. OMG!! This is such a fun post, best thing I've read in ages. You look amazing in all of these photos! I have to see this film now xx

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    1. Thank you! I really want to see the film, too. xxx

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  20. Gunne Sax! That brings back memories. We all wore them to high school graduation in 1977. Then they were popular choices for wedding and bridesmaids dresses right up until the early 80s.

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    1. They made some beauties. There's quite a few on Etsy from American sellers, I suppose our equivalent was Laura Ashley. xxx

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  21. This is amazing. You're amazing. All the art, clothes, decor...

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  22. You ARE the Love Witch!!! I saw the premier of that movie last summer & thought of you immediately.

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    1. Hello, Joanna! Thank you so much. Lovely to hear from you. xxx

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  23. Vix, you look amazing and I love your style. I'd absolutely love to have a body like yours. You rock everything you wear!

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    1. Thanks, Linda! What a lovely comment. You'll give me a big head! xxx

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  24. What a blast this post was!

    You look incredible! I've gotta find that film and watch it now.

    Good for Jon getting up that high. I tried to get my husband to take a photo while standing on a ladder one time for my travelling yellow skirt freak show and it turned out like total crap.

    LOVED this!

    Have an awesome show.


    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. That shed photo took three attempts to get right, I look a bad mad in the final one but the other two were a disaster. Jon had to be bribed with chocolate. xxx

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  25. Those Gunne Sax dresses were quite the fashion in California in the 70's as I recall. Expensive too.
    What on earth is going on in the painting in the background where Ms LoveWitch is holding the dagger?
    I prefer Vix's hair as it's higher & therefore closer to heaven!
    xox

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    1. Thanks, Bibi! Those Gunne Sax are expensive on Etsy now. xxx

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  26. Looking lush as ever. Love the one with the broken zip. My mum's got a mending pile of my stuff at the moment. xx

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    1. Lucky you having someone to do your mending pile for you! x

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  27. Hi Vix, you look like you had so much fun recreating some looks from the film. Your inherited 1920s bag is gorgeous, it looks like it came straight out of the 70s. Xxx

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  28. This is such a great post I don't know where to start...so many amazing costumes and spookily like the film, wow. I loved reading it. I too collect coloured glass, especially art glass, it's gorgeous isn't it. Have a great weekend xxx

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  29. this is beautiful :D I agree, the designer must be your fan!

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  30. Such a ferocious tribute! Some of your pieces actually improve on the original inspiration.--Sabina

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  31. The similarities are uncanny, Vix! Only your looks are always edgier!
    Much love!

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  32. Yes definitely been raiding your blog for ideas!

    The film had such a small release Himself had to go to London to see it he loved it and said it would be right up my street.

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  33. I've seen this film pop up all over Tumblr but I'm yet to see it, but I have thought how much she looks like you! Love your recreations.

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  34. Best post ever!

    The movie looks like a tribute to those 70s "witchploitation" movies that were so in vogue at the time. The fashion is definitely right out of your playbook, there is no way they were not inspired by your ensembles!

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    1. Thanks, Tilda! I'm dying to see the film, I hope its not a case of style over content now I've built up my expectations. xxx

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  35. OMG, why have I never even heard of this film before? All the costumes look utterly fabulous. It looks like a cheesy Hammer film or something by Russ Meyer. Your dresses are enchanting :) and you look amazing in them. I would probably cast a drawing spell on your lovely panne dress (20 years to late to fit into it though). They should have come to you for the wardrobe instead of going to London. I can see why the Fenella Fan Club follows you. Xx

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    1. I know, I can't believe this film passed me by either. Its in my eBay shopping basket now. xxx

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  36. What... no pentangle!!! Can't believe you've never picked one up at a car boot!
    Excellent post Vix, that film looks a riot, but I have to say your outfits have the edge...especially the Frank Usher and the Aussie two piece. xxx

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    1. It does look like an interesting watch, very much influenced by those camp witch films from the 1960s on the Horror Channel. xxx

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  37. The one of you lying down in the garden is just so much classier than the original....flesh coloured knickers really?! Surely black ones would have been much better under the seethrough black!
    Arilx

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    1. Ugly undies for such a gorgeous woman! x

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  38. I haven't seen that film but I do see a similarity between the protagonist's style and your own. It is like they were inspired by you...or maybe it is the case of great minds thinking alike. Maybe the stylist in that movie has the same fabulous sense of style as you do. I really enjoyed all the outfits in this post...and it was fun seeing the comparisons between the outfits in film and those showed on your blog:)

    Sometimes people think I have supernatural powers too, wondering how I can read their minds, but I'm just perceptive. Honestly sometimes I wish that I was less perceptive.:)

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    1. I'm like you, I often predict things in conversation that turn out to be true. like you say, its more perception than anything other worldly! xxx

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  39. There is so much similarity that its got to be influenced by your style somehow to much of a coincidence to me xxxx

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  40. Brilliant post. You.re the original... we saw it here First!

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  41. Oh, that's amazing. People at work have been banging on about that film for months, it seems very much a love-it-or-hate-it film. I really should get round to watching it. She should just get all her costumes from Kinky Melon if she does a sequel.

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  42. This is freaking awesome, Vix! You are the original! And I love the substitution of the flowers for the dagger. Peace is the answer : > Thanks for linking up this brilliant post to Vis Monday. xox

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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    1. Thanks, Patti! Flowers over knives. xxx

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  43. I've never seen the film 'The Love Witch', but when I do I'll be imagining you cast in a remake of it wearing your vintage frocks - they're all gorgeous!

    http://www.full-brief-panties.blogspot.com/

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    1. I haven't seen it either but it's on the wish list! xxx

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  44. Wow!! What an incredible post darling! You are magnificent!! xox

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  45. Good Heavens! I'd swear they got Elaine's entire wardrobe from your closet, and she could definitely be your sister. I always wondered what the perfect outfit was for lying on a Pentagram. This was such a cool idea for a post - loved it!

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  46. OHMYGOSH. Ha ha. That's crazy. And crazy good, not crazy bad. I love this post.
    xo
    Lynn

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  47. mwahaha, that's the best post ever!!, so fabulous and so fun!! thinking on Jon climbing the shed roof to take a photo of you laying on the lawn, because of the lack of a pentangle, that's something which puts a smile on my face, but also makes everything even more fabulous! ... the things we do for blogging!!
    I love everything! You're gorgeous, your style, your fab dresses and glorious personality!, yeah, you rock!!!!!
    besos

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  48. I love this post Vix. Your ensembles, the story that you tell, and your sense of humor. I agree with some of the comments above. YOU should be an actress! Thank you so much for sharing your beauty with Hat Attack!

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    1. Thank you so much, Judith! xxx

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  49. This post is FANTASTIC!! Brilliant, Vix. xx

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth! Lovely to see your name pop up! xxx

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