Over 50 of the very best UK vintage traders together with French specialist vendors from Paris and Bordeaux descend on Chelsea Town Hall on Sunday 30 June to present the finest collection of stylish vintage and retro clothes, hats, shoes & accessories to be found under one roof.
The forerunner of a number of such events covering fashion, furniture and décor from the Edwardian, the 1920s 'flapper' era, and the 1950s and later, Frock Me is London's oldest vintage fashion fair, catering to the tastes of an eclectic mix of celebrities, designers and visitors from the worlds of Theater, Film & Television, Music, Modeling, Burlesque and London's trendy young things from all walks of life.
Frock Me at Chelsea Town Hall, (30 June, 8 September, 20 October,1 December), is just one of the regular specialist events and retail outlets that have made London a mecca for seekers after vintage and retro fashion and design. Notable among these events is the Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair on the first Saturday of each month in the Old Spitalfields Market.
Spitalfields, situated in London's once rundown East End, was for centuries the city's daily wholesale meat market. It was closed some decades ago and the meat trade moved elsewhere. Its iconic Victorian buildings would have been demolished to make way for high-rise glass and steel office blocks. A vociferous campaign by local residents and architectural traditionalists thwarted the planners however and Spitalfields now has a new lease of life hosting a variety of fairs and events throughout the year. In July vinyl record collectors will flock to the Independent Label Market, (3 July), and the Record Fair, (19 July).
For those looking for something very special, the annual Christies auctions of vintage couture and accessories at their South Kensington showrooms are a perennial draw.