Vintage Fashion Done Right: Frock Me!

Frock Me! is the original London vintage fashion fair with a huge cult following, held at Chelsea Old Town Hall throughout the year.

The event was first established by Matthew Adams, who has been running antiques fairs and markets in London for over 36 years. Formerly an antiques dealer himself, he originally started a decorative arts and vintage fair at Kensington Town Hall in 1997 which became extremely popular amongst those seeking out vintage fashion. Due to its popularity, he decided to start up a purely vintage fashion event and moved it to Chelsea Old Town Hall where it has been held ever since.    

Exhibitors come from across the UK and parts of France (Paris and Bordeaux primarily) and have totaled around 60 exhibitors at each event. Many have formerly been costume designers for film and TV or have a background in fashion design. Each exhibitor also has their own specialism, for instance, fashion from the 1920’s or 1970’s. A selection of noted British designers includes Ossie Clark and Biba and there are also popular vintage designer labels such as Chanel on offer. The aim is to create an interesting mix for each show and Frock Me! has a long waiting list of exhibitors wanting to join the event.

The popularity of the fair is down to the unique nature of the event, the venue and the real quality vintage fashion and textiles on offer. Many of the traders only exhibit at Frock Me! and travel quite a distance to be there, meaning that each fair is highly anticipated.

Upcoming Frock Me! events will be held on June 11, September 3 and October 15. 

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Having started her career in New Zealand as a fashion and beauty assistant, she then moved on to edit the online beauty magazine, BeautyBible. Since then she has created her own blog, The Refined Edit. Now based in the United Kingdom she has contributed to countless print and online publications including Style.com/Arabia. Follow her musing on Twitter and Instagram @gracieastewart.