I really had no idea what to expect. I have a very special customer, Bronwen Astor, mother of the Countess of March, chatelaine of Goodwood. She thought my work would fit into the spirit of Goodwood Revival and so on this recommendation I booked a stand. I thought it would be frightfully exclusive and smart with folk walking around in tweed but not the inspired varied and delightful mix of people, events, clothes and episodes that we experienced last weekend at Goodwood Revival. I shared the stand with bespoke shoemakers carréducker, who I met on the Crafted programme and we were featuring the Winkers. It's great sharing a stand because, for example, Deborah Carré had the bright idea to make our stand look rather like a library. Of course, this chimed rather nicely with my bookish traits. We used wallpaper from Cole & Son's Fornasetti Collection:
I thought my Woolf coat would be the right one to promote given it's nice 1940s feel. It attracted lots of attention.
This was the ladies side. Then on the other side we had menswear which included my new Toklas Man jacket and a selection of beautiful carréducker winkers and bespoke.
Another benefit of sharing the stand is that you can escape now and again. The great experience of Goodwood Revival is that you wander round and come across things like vintage police cars, and a vintage police woman. This is just one of many different experiences.
That afternoon I found this 1950s airstream that housed these hair and make up stylists The Powder Puff Girls who specialise in vintage hair and make up - plus the serve you cocktails or tea in vintage china and glassware. So in I went and ordered myself a 1940s hairstyle:
They persuaded me that it would last until the next day. I had to sleep with a chiffon scarf over my head but here I am on Sunday, two days later. A little windswept but not bad...
My favourite happenstance was this group of 1950s dancers. I loved that it wasn't quite a spontaneous event but nor was it a highly staged event. Another side was the fact that these dancers were of a certain age - it seemed more authentic.
The experience was charming because it was devoid of the usual layer of commercialisation from branding and the stuff we have all around us - mainly on the high street. The advertising was all vintage; the only concession being Tesco, but we can forgive them for going to such lengths to make it vintage.
I notice my lack of images of the people and all their incredible flair and elegance. Not everyone managed it but those who did, dressed with such attention to detail. The men, in particular, were impressive.. suit & tie, uniforms, flying suits and an awful lot of tweed. Foolishly I also forgot to take a picture of Bronwen Astor who visited me at my stand. Bronwen had been a 'top model' as they used to call them before 'super model' became the term. Muse to Pierre Balmain in the 1950's she came along with her friend who had 'worked for Dior down the road' in her time in Paris. What a vision, these two infinitely elegant ladies in their 80s in such finery and having a great time.
I forgot to mention that this event is in fact a vintage car and air show. You don't actually need to be mad about cars and planes to have a wonderful time. However, even for someone like me, it was quite fun watching these noisy machines race around the track.