Is it really over a month since Miss Pinup NZ 2015 and the Very Vintage Day Out!? For those of you who have checked out my Facebook page and Instagram recently, you may have noticed there has been a bit of a fashion drought! Well there is a reason for that… Miss Pinup NZ is a HUGE investment of time, effort and energy. I have bipolar disorder, and ongoing problems with managing my depression and anxiety. So it just a reality for me that after any big investment of energy there is some recovery time 🙂 Which for me is pretty much withdrawing from the world… social huh!
But don’t worry, I’ve been using my down time to catch up on some things that got a bit neglected with getting married in January, followed by the competition a few months later!
Like my daughter and husband 😉 Actually we’ve been finishing off our retro kitchen renovation and I’ve been completing some painting projects. And getting ready to start my new career in interior design. The reason there haven’t been any outfit posts… is because there haven’t any outfits! Except for truly horrible painting clothes. Fab to Drab – a reverse transformation!
I thought it’s time I shared some details of some of the amazing outfits I wore for the competition! Unfortunately, I still have very few photos of the day, and none of some of my ensembles… I am hoping to get some shots soon to share the details and inspiration behind them, but so far life has gotten in the way, as it does!
But for a start, I DO have some great shots of my outfit from the beachwear section – which was one of my favourites too!
So, stop blabbering and show us some pictures!! Here is my outfit for the beachwear section!
All of my outfits for Miss Pinup NZ were inspired by Marilyn Monroe, and especially her costumes from one of my favourite movies Gentlemen Prefer Blondes! When I thought of beachwear, the first image in my mind was of these classic shots of a young Marilyn posing on the beach.
I also had a very definite idea of wanting my outfit to be glamorous, something I imagine a Hollywood starlet from the 40s or 50s could lounge poolside in! With a cocktail in hand, of course. I knew right away that Linda McCarthy Costumier was the perfect woman for the job, who could help me develop and then expertly execute my vision! So after some consultation we decided on a 2 piece 40s style playsuit, adapted from an original vintage pattern, and in a beautiful champagne gold fabric.
Marilyn in playsuit 1951
Then of course, the accessories dah-ling! The great thing about putting together and outf to be worn on stage, is MORE IS MORE!
I found the perfect 40s reproduction cherry necklace and earrings set on Etsy from VivaLaLux.
My wedding shoes, gold with lucite heels from Irregular Choice, were perfect – with some of my own customising with matching cherries! I added some vintage bangles, and a red and gold headscarf completed the look.
And the finishing touch was the red and white striped pagoda style parasol! I ordered this off Ebay from a supplier in China, and although it took some time to arrive it was absolutely perfect. In fact, it was almost a reproduction of the one Marilyn is posing with in this famous image…
I still have FIVE more fabulous outfits to share! I put together this little video, with footage from Zandy J Pinup Photographer of all of my parts from the competition…
I am feeling very excited about this year, and about sharing many more fashion, design and DIY posts with you soon!