Welcome to our new VFG Blog series featuring members of the VFGteam at Etsy!
You will be introduced to a different Team member in each new post. Please check out our Team Gallery page here.
Today's featured seller is Barbara Boyce and you can visit her shop Another Time Antiques here.
1. When did you first get interested in vintage fashion & why?
My heart was lit back in the mid 1970s when the concept of vintage fashion was "young" in our region. I was fascinated in history from the woman's point of view and found an immediate connection to the fashions we wore. The field is huge! The most intriguing aspect I learned is that you can take any singular point of women's fashionable goods and create world history from it: lace, dress, hat, jewelry, fabric, trim, bags, shoes - anything! The connections weave an amazing story.
2. Do you regularly wear vintage?
I used to, but this ol' body mostly accents vintage costume jewelry which I love love love! My next favorite item to find and wear are warm wool coats and jackets.
3. Do you have a Holy Grail?
I do and 1 was conquered! I own a historical piece of fashion history: a collar that was once owned by Martha Washington and given to a Captain's wife as a gift. It is safely tucked away. The story will be on my blog in the future.
The second Grail is to have someone come to me and say: I like your look - I'll take it all! :)
4. If you could visit the atelier of any fashion designer (dead or alive), who would it be?
I guess I'd have to pick Lily Daché. What an amazing story and who on earth doesn't smile over one of her hat concoctions!
5. What do you see as the future of vintage?
This is a tough question. Partly dismal because I see too much reproduction of the same old. My opinion has always been that the circle of silhouettes has gone full circle and fashion designers ceased to be creative starting in the 80s. Every "new look" I see I can immediately go ... oh That's from the 40s or 60s or 20s etc. The emphasis is on fabric technology & shock more than creating beauty.
6. What is your favorite item in your shop?
1800s Antique Victorian Black & Steel Beaded Bag B Monogram
Here are a few more items from Barbara's shop:
Vintage 800 Silver Scroll Pendant with Red Stones
Victorian Collar & Cuffs Italian Crochet Lace c.1900
Antique Ribbon Watch Chain & Gold Ornaments
Antique Sash Buckle Gilded Sun Dragonfly Dragon