Exploring the vintage style

Today I have been busy hunting through the many vintage shops in Sydney for a variety of inspiring images to share. There is one thing for sure about the shops I visited, although many of them are small and often tucked away they are jam packed full of an abundance of powerful patterns and colours, making them a guaranteed place of inspiration. It’s useful, if you can, to hang contrasting garments together so that you can get a variety of ideas for your designs and appreciate the differences before you (the feature image is an example of this demonstrating prints from animal to floral).

What I love about vintage fashion is that the prints on the garments are often very daring and brightly coloured and present influences from a variety of sources. Below I have displayed just a snapshot of the research I gathered today to illustrate the great variety of pattern that has been produced over the decades.

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Within this group of fabrics identify the different ways florals have been illustrated and the use of spots.
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Abstract and expressive ink splashes are highly effective on this quirky dress!
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Demonstrating the great variety in fashion textiles over the decades.
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Simple conversational print that you can easily be inspired by!
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A beautiful, timeless print that is truly inspirational.

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