I ‘ve always admired my grandma’s sense of style and never more so than last weekend, when I took a trip to her 1950s weatherboard house in Melbourne and discovered her vintage treasures. Her name is Norma Fox and she’s 88 years young. She’s seen fashion evolve, from the conservative 1940’s right up until now, and she’s sure got a lot of full cupboards to prove it.

I really took some valuable vintage fashion tips away with me after my visit to her home. She gave me plenty of clothes and beautiful vintage jewellery to add to my collection. She’s truly the original Vintage Fox.

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MY GRANDMA AND I LOOKING THROUGH HER BEDROOM CUPBOARD DISCOVERING AN OLD JUMPER SHE FORGOT SHE OWNED

Upon arrival at her house, we rummaged through her wardrobe and discovered clothes she forgot she owned. We came across an entire chest full of hand-knitted angora jumpers and cardigans, and I was so surprised (and impressed) to hear that she had knitted them herself!

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Left: THIS JUMPER I’M WEARING IS ONE SHE KNITTED HERSELF, ALONG WITH HER BLUE GLASS BEAD NECKLACE AND FOLDED MAGAZINE HANDBAG (SHE HASN’T USED THE HANDBAG FOR OVER 40 YEARS). Right: AN AMAZING 1980s JUMPER I FOUND AT THE BOTTOM OF THE CHEST

After enjoying homemade lemon cake for afternoon tea, she told me stories from when she was young and showed me some absolutely amazing photos of her when she was my age. Below are some photos of her from the 1940s and 50s. (PHOTO 5 – CAPTION: A VINTAGE FASHION MONTAGE OF MY GRANDMA’S LIFE)) , (PHOTO 6 (CAPTION: SITTING BY THE RIVER WITH A FRIEND WEARING A CLASSIC VINTAGE NUMBER), (PHOTO 7 & 8 (CAPTION: MY GRANDMA LOOKS BEAUTIFUL IN THIS DRESS AND COAT COMBO). (PHOTO 9 – MY GRANDMA JUST BEFORE HER HONEYMOON – CIRCA 1951)

A VINTAGE FASHION MONTAGE OF MY GRANDMA'S LIFE

A VINTAGE FASHION MONTAGE OF MY GRANDMA’S LIFE

After our fashion talk, we decided to hit the shops together.  I managed to pick up a few retro-themed outfits from Melbourne DFO, which I paired with her vintage handbags and accessories to really give the outfits a genuine vintage look and a sentimental feel.

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I FOUND THESE AMAZING EARRINGS IN HER JEWELLERY BOX

It was incredible to uncover the rich fashion history hidden in her wardrobe and see the amazing images of her as a young and stylish woman. www.westendmagazine.comSigning off until next time

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Words by Bianca Scargill | Images by John Colombo