Saturday, 25 April 2009

Vintage encore

Tara Munro is a modern-day heroine. She lives in Paris where she rescues vintage gowns a-go-go. The public can buy these through her company Ooh La La. She also conducts personal shopping tours around all the best vintage haunts in London and Paris, and she'll arrange accommodation and activities if you're doing a girls' weekend as a group.

The other feather in her cap is an enterprise called Madame Tra La La. She and her business partner Alice source vintage clothes, create patterns from them and remake garments to your bespoke requirements. You get a vintage look but with modern fabrics and a perfect fit. This weekend at Ooh La La's pop-up shop at the Pelham Hotel, Tara showed me a 1940s ration-era dress that had been made from the felt off a snooker table. Times were tight, but creativity ran high. Just take a gander at "Snooker Hall Celine" (above) reinvented in jersey. Ooh la la indeed.

The pop-up shop is at the Pelham Hotel (15 Cromwell Place SW6) 24 through 26 April 10am to 6pm.

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