Stylist revisits rebellious culture

Fashion: Chrissy Keepence will conduct a vintage styling workshop. Picture: Vicky Hughson
Fashion: Chrissy Keepence will conduct a vintage styling workshop. Picture: Vicky Hughson

VINTAGE emissary Chrissy Keepence is coming to western Sydney with the aim of transforming a modern woman into a 1960s bombshell.

Ms Keepence is the headmistress of The Lindy Charm School for Girls — a school that travels to different cities all over Australia, offering vintage styling workshops.

One of her stops includes a London Calling workshop at Penrith Regional Gallery and Lewers Bequest on Sunday, June 22 from noon.

While the workshop focuses on British fashion, it also respects the poise and manners of the past.

Ms Keepence said the workshop would offer women vintage tricks to brighten up their winter wardrobe.

"The fashion that is going to autumn and winter is about adding colour and vibrancy," Ms Keepence said.

"We have our opaque tights and our boots, but that doesn't mean that we can't match a British militant look with a vintage skirt and colour metallics.

"They learn what goes with what as well as hair and make-up. It's about learning how to create a vintage look without too much of an effort."

Ms Keepence said a resurgence in British and vintage fashion was a result of a new generation of stylish royals as well as TV shows set in the 1950s through to the 1970s.

"Shows like Love Child and The Royal have caused British fashion to start hitting the pages again," she said.

"And that goes back to the fun of it and the rebellious culture that never really goes out of style, it just gets rehashed. We just want to say that there is no barrier in this fashion. We've come up with simple looks that you can do in 10 minutes."


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