Snapshot surveillance by photographer and writer, Hartnett.
Yet another Vintage event on the horizon.
Ready for a cupcake, darling?
Merchant City Festival
26th & 27th July, 2014
Seeking a day of Tweed Run types and barely legal boys in uniforms? Girls who just wanna have fun, as they jive to vinyl, the way their grans once did?
Perhaps it’s high time for an assessment and evaluation of all things retro, as quite a song and dance has been made over revival events in recent years. Has the so-called trend well ‘n’ truly peaked? Are such herding events relevant, or just a corporate / municipal cash-in? You know, under the umbrella of regeneration ‘n’ all that.
A crackly telephone line. West Yorkshire to West London. Wayne Hemingway, designer and founder of The Vintage Festival, picks up.
A question is popped. ‘What can young people learn from all things vintage?’
'Vintage is about individuality, sustainability, design that lasts. Vintage reflects an appreciation of work that is classic, not temporary. Young people can learn so much from retro, styles that've stood the test of time.’
Retro-themed events all too often reflect a hall of mirrors cutsie-wootsie nightmare. Decades of Style Heritage, reduced to mere ‘revival’ fancy-dress amateur theatrics panto for those wishing to return to the dainty days of Bunty, Twinkleand bleedin’ Dandy.