Vintage Fashion Catwalk Show at The Halstead Antiques Centre at the Townsford Mill

Lets be frank. Halstead in Essex is not really known for any major 21st century acknowledgement (other than for being in the lunchtime passthetime TV programmes for its local history), and like with many rural, middle class, small town attitudes you can imagine that the fashion and new age culture topic is not one really spoken about here, other than with the younger generation who hang around more in the bigger towns Braintree and Colchester, and with the smaller clusters of customers and owners of the quirky shops in the town that seem to buzz now and again.
People here are more likely to cling on to our run-ins with big Essex hopefuls that fly our local flag like good pals The Prodigy, Blur, Matt Cardle, Towie oh and gossip about The Halstead Gazettes most popular stories such as last weeks ranker “Cat appears on thatched roof”, rather than catching the odd debate about the growing fan base of 50’s style creeper trainers, and the culturally addictive world that is Twitter. Trust my word.. I grew up close by.

So with the background information cross stitched firmly into your mind, you can imagine my personal shock (and obvious pure delight) when Halstead antiques centre announced the opening its 18th century doors on May the 6th to embrace its first ever Vintage Fashion Catwalk.

Grossing a whopping 80+ attendance onlookers watched local model’s swan up and down the narrow catwalk running between row after row of antique clobber in a range of 30’s through to 70’s pieces twinned with a variety of thrift inspired items.
Although this was no London fashion week it certainly was Halstead’s closest version, with Catwalk viewers offered a variety of traditional english picnic nibbles and then given the chance to browse and buy from some of the range on the catwalk and a huge selection of thrift merchandise all hosted under a cosy twee caked ambiance filled with local fashionistas and traders alike. A true kick in the teeth to my negative local attitude.

One of the organisers Mandy Beason said to The Halstead Gazette;
“We hope that we can organise an autumn winter event to show off the fabulous clothes we have for the colder times of the year.”

Lets hope this means future appearances of events such as this one to boost local trade, interest from other neighboring areas and a growth of knowledge in this fruitfully vintage make do and mend fashion world of today. It’s definitely a local flag that I will be flying next time around.


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