Sunday 25 February 2018

Fashion: Vintage lives

1970s tapestry cape, €160; 1970s velvet dress, €140, both Miss Daisy Blue. Craft pompoms (in hair), €1.99; coloured wool (in hair), €2.50, both Vibes & Scribes. Vintage sunglasses, €46, Miss Daisy Blue.
1970s tapestry cape, €160; 1970s velvet dress, €140, both Miss Daisy Blue. Craft pompoms (in hair), €1.99; coloured wool (in hair), €2.50, both Vibes & Scribes. Vintage sunglasses, €46, Miss Daisy Blue.

On a recent visit to Cork to see my friend, I mentioned I wanted to call into a vintage store called Miss Daisy Blue, whereupon her style-sophisticated teenage daughter (from whom we could all learn about fashion) piped up that she found the store great for vintage denims.

Miss Daisy Blue, in Cork's historical Market Parade - which feeds into the English Market - is an intriguing vintage store, catering to all seasons, all ages and both sexes.

Founded in November 2009 by Breda Casey of Donoughmore, Miss Daisy Blue has taken Cork vintage out of hippie terrain and into fashion mavens' wardrobes (I met several BTs aficionados on my trips there).

"People can come in thinking vintage is only for occasions," Breda tells me. "I put a lot into finding everyday clothes as well. Vintage wear is not just about going to debs or events. I wear vintage every day. So do the staff. I wear both the dressy pieces and the casual."

The Miss Daisy Blue staff, by the way, are total dotes and they dress divinely.

The ground floor of the store is given over to seasonal needs such as Levi's in the summer, cashmere in the winter, party wear and men's clothing. A lot of the store's interiors are made up of architectural salvage from old, sometimes historical, Cork buildings. Take a walk up its wide stairs and give yourself time to peruse the intriguing Cork-of-old memorabilia on its walls, before you enter a veritable wonderland of stunning vintage coats, evening and occasion-wear dresses from the 1930s through to the 1980s.

"I am catering for everyone," Breda explains. "It is so mixed in ages, literally from girls making their confirmation to older ladies. This time of year, party dresses are popular, and they love the 1980s, as it's good for sparkle.

"I do a small selection of bridal wear, which is by appointment only, as I have to bring the pieces in. The problem with vintage bridal is that it is usually very small, say size 4 to 12. I find that people tend to find alternative bridal on the shop floor, such as a beautiful 1930s evening gown, or a 1950s dress, that fulfils what they want."

Breda is passionate about offering bigger sizes, where she can find them, and can stock up to size 18 to 20 in coats. If you love your cashmere, and are always looking for alternative takes on it, Miss Daisy Blue is for you. But what really strikes me about the store is the variety of unusual coats.

"I love coats. I love opera coats, warm coats, satin coats," Breda enthuses. "I love print and pattern. I love colour. I love the 1940s. I love the shoulder pads and the structure. I love the 50s. Everything is beautiful and everything is warm - vintage is very practical."

Warmth, glamour and individuality, no wonder Cork mavens are so smug; Miss Daisy Blue gives them an edge on the rest of us.

Photography by  Miki Barlok

Styling by   Sarah Corcoran

Fashion edited by  Constance Harris

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