17 November 2016

New vintage dealers at Grays!

Here at Grays we recently launched a competition in collaboration with Homes & Antiques to find two new vintage dealers to join the Vintage Modes Collective, located in the Grays Mews basement. We are happy to introduce our two fantastic winners as Tanya R Vintage, who won first prize of six months rent-free pop-up space and Amanda Langham, who won the runner-up prize of three months rent-free pop-up space.

Tanya R Vintage

Tell us about Tanya R Vintage..
I am a dealer in vintage clothes, accessories and costume jewellery.

What first interested you in vintage fashion?
Impossible to pinpoint an exact moment. My mother has an innate sense of style and I remember admiring her clothes when I was young.

How long have you been dealing for?
I have been dealing on and off for many years.

What was your first job?
As a curator at the V&A Museum.

What is the best thing about being a dealer?
Finding ‘treasures’ in unexpected places. The detective work/research that an item can lead to. Also meeting interesting customers and collectors.

..And the worst?
Only being able to take a fraction of my stock when doing a vintage fair can be frustrating.

What is your favourite fashion decade?
1920s – 1930s.

Tell us a secret?
I have dusted the china in 10 Downing Street!


Amanda Langham

Tell us about Amanda Langham Vintage..
Amanda Langham, I sell 1940s and 50s clothing and 1960s-80s interesting pieces. Vintage designer labels, velvet opera coats, glitz and glam wear, and accessories with a passion for vintage hats.

What first interested you in vintage fashion?
Watching old black and white movies when I was younger. I fell in love with both music and fashion from the 1940s and 50s.

How long have you been dealing for?
About 15 years.

What was your first job?
A personal assistant with a recruitment company.

What is the best thing about being a dealer?
It is great meeting the customers and seeing a wide variety of colourful characters, but in particular it’s when a customer finds that special item and loves it.

..And the worst?
Sourcing a piece of vintage but realising that it will never fit me, or not being able to restore a piece of amazing vintage to its former glory.

What is your favourite fashion decade?
1940s although a growing passion for Art Deco 1920s-30s coats is emerging! Hopefully I will find one or two for Vintage Modes.

Tell us a secret?
I am also a vocalist.

Be sure to visit Grays and Vintage Modes and have a look at the fantastic collection of carefully curated clothing and accessories. Below you can see a selection of the new stock our competition winners have in store.


Jersey couture maxi dress, designed by Pierre Cardin. 1970s. Available from Tanya R Vintage
 

Loris Azzaro silver and gold tiered-chain handbag, 1970s. Available from Tanya R Vintage


Black velvet dress with taffeta pleated bodice and godet inserts, 1950s. Available from Tanya R Vintage


Yves St. Laurent vintage suit. Available from Amanda Langham


1950s velvet opera coat. Available from Amanda Langham


1960s Lurex dress. Available from Amanda Langham


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