Seeking Fashion Treasure at Vintage Selection 34

Within Vintage Selection’s hall at the Fortezza da Basso, all sorts of vintage clothes and accessories can be found, from dapper to military to bo-ho, making a visit a treasure hunt for that special find.

June 26 – 28, 2019: VINTAGE SELECTION No. 34; BACK TO THE ROOTS, Fortezza da Basso, Viale Filippo Strozzi, 1. Open Wednesday – Thursday: 9 am – 7 pm. Hours Friday: 9 am – 4 pm. Full admission: €5

Offering a treasure trove of unique pieces, designers, researchers and fashion enthusiasts alike can wander through the ghosts of fashion past at Vintage Selection no. 34. The fair will welcome 17 exhibitors from all over Italy who will bring together pieces from as far back as the 1940s to the 1990s to create a fascinating journey through fashion history.

Acting as a museum of past trends and reference for designers, the styles available for purchase and viewing span decades.  Leather jackets, purses, floral dresses, sunglasses, belts of different skins and colors plus more, the fair is for those who search for that perfect vintage item of clothing.

Florence’s June edition of the vintage fair returns with a brand new theme, ‘Back to the Roots!’ The theme of this year’s summer edition of the bi-annual Vintage Selection aims to contextualise vintage clothing within the current fashion landscape, identifying the cyclical nature of trends.

To represent this visually and spark reflection, mannequins will be displayed and dressed in pairs, one wearing vintage pieces and the other wearing more recent fashion that clearly draws inspiration from the trends worn by its counterpart vintage mannequin, be it in the pattern, shapes, textures or colours.

The shops which will be present include Florence’s own Archivio Storico Vintage, Righe a Pois Vintage Store Firenze and Street Doing Vintage Couture Firenze. Other collectors from across the country such as A.N.G.E.L.O, premium collector Vintage Delirium di Franco Jacassi, Vintageart Bologna and Fernanda Vintage will also attend, to name but a few. The Vintage Selection gathers all sorts of items; clothes, bags, accessories and shoes from ‘Remake’ pieces that have been restored and updated, to designer vintage couture from the likes of Chanel, Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo and Prada.

The vast collection of designers and vintage clothing for sale serves as an extraordinary archive from which to draw inspiration and reflect on the role of previous trends in creating the identity of today’s fashion. (saskia brown)