Lindy Hopping for Couture for Change, 17/02/2013

On Sunday I took part in a charity event called Couture for Change. It was taking place in Walkabout, Cardiff and included catwalk fashion shows through the decades (1940s, 1950s and 1960s), raffle, live music, and general entertainment, all of which was aimed at raising money for the Stroke Association. I was part of the Lindy Hop Cardiff group which had been asked to give a little demo of our swift dance moves :-) while dressed up in 1940s style.

Dancing, dressing up, for a good cause. What’s not to love?

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This is what I wore on the night. I was very pleased with my 40s style outfit despite my somehow stern face!! And apologies for the obvious “taking a picture in front of the mirror pose”…

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This is not a genuine 1940s dress. I got it from Laura Ashley a couple of years ago, but I think it definitely has a late 30s/early 40s feel about it. It drapes beautifully and is a real pleasure to wear.

The little veiled headpiece I am wearing was handmade by my friend Ashley, the very talented lady behind With Love from Bobbin. She specialises in bespoke, vintage inspired bridal accessories. She gave it to me as a birthday present which was very kind (turning 30 wasn’t after all that bad!). I love the fact that she managed to create something that is so me, and I’m glad I didn’t have to wait to get married to wear one of her beautiful creations. Why should brides have all the fun eh?!

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The pictures don’t do the headpiece any justice- it is absolutely stunning. Walking back to my car I felt like the belle of the ball, very glamorous. No one seemed to bat an eyelid. I even had a few smiles my way!

It was a really good night for a very worthwhile cause. Unfortunately the organisers were badly let down by the venue and their management who managed to be more and more awkward throughout the evening. They even interrupted one of the performances half-way through. They behaved in an apalling way and showed no consideration to the people who organised an otherwise brilliant event. That didn’t deter anyone from having a good night anyway. Well done Couture for Change!

Here’s the link to the Stroke association: http://www.stroke.org.uk/

Fancy trying Lindy hop? Monthly classes run every Thursday at the Royal College of Music and Drama. Check out http://www.lindyhopcardiff.com/.

With Love From Bobbin Facebook page: https://m.facebook.com/withlovefrombobbin?id=257786510976898&_rdr

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14 thoughts on “Lindy Hopping for Couture for Change, 17/02/2013

    • Yes, I was surrounded by mirrors when I took these pictures but in the end it gave a nice effect. Very art déco in a way. Thank you for your kind comment :)

  1. I adore your outfit, and the headpiece is so lovely! I wish I had an occasion to wear something like that to! :)
    Also, I’m a huge fan of the show Dancing With The Stars, and the Lindy Hop is my favorite dance! :) What a fun event! Thanks for sharing! :)
    ~Jen

    • Thank you! I know it takes time and confidence to “dress up”, but I am feeling like I am getting there. It’s nice every now and then to wear something a bit different, and this year my aim is to incorporate more and more vintage outfits in my everyday life.

      Lindy Hop is amazing, I’ve only been doing it for a couple of months but it’s really good fun. Last night we did high jumps in our lesson- it was fantastic!

      • Someday I’ll have to talk my husband into taking dance classes with me. He did before our wedding, and it was a blast! Now 10 years and 3 kids later, we don’t seem to find the time to get away to do it.

    • Aaaaw, thank you. I do feel like I was born in the wrong era, but then back in the 20s I wouldn’t have had as freedom as today… So I think I live in a good compromise!!

  2. Hi , really love your blog. I’ve nominated you for the versatile blogger award. Hope you don’t mind. Stitch

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