We are indebted to TWR reader Dinah Hall, who told us about this absolute gem of a website for anyone interested in Vintage clothing or fashion history. The Vintage Fashion Forum is a site dedicated to helping both buyers and sellers of vintage identify the provenance of their items, with a team of experts on hand to answer forum questions on pretty much any fashion era. If you have a query about anything vintage, its the place to go with your question.
Dinah bought a pair of gorgeous gold shoes at Kempton Park antique fair recently, where she was told the shoes ‘might’ be 30s. After mailing in a picture of the shoes, experts explained how details such as the heel shape, the buckle detail and the graphics printed on the tongue confirmed the shoes were genuine 30s. The website is free (although if you are a trader there’s another membership you can apply for that does cost), the VFG state ‘The VFG subscribes to the position that informed selling and buying communities are good for the vintage-fashion industry as a whole. All visitors to the website have access to the VFG resources, which are continually updated and constantly evolving, thanks to a dedicated volunteer staff.”
Since we’ve been buying rather a lot of vintage recently, it’s a useful resource to have to hand. There’s a whole load of information on the site on fashion history too, so good for fashion students, if you have one in the house.