Todays shopping expedition is not the first time I've been up early to catch a bargain, the earliest by far, however, was for the Angels sale
Angels- for those of you unfamiliar, is a historical costume supplier to films and individuals, they have a vast warehouse space in Wembly, and in 2008 they had a big clearout of clothing and accessories from the 1900's to the 1990's. You bought a carrier bag at either £20 or £50 and filled it with whatever you fancied
I got up at 3am, put on lots of layers (as we were warned it was freezing inside) and caught a cab to my friend Colins to collect him and Zakiya, he still had traces of make up on his face from his night out, and hadn't even been to bed yet (which may account for his vast overspending)
We arrived at Wembly for about 5am, and the queue was already massive - again people had camped all night- but we ere pretty close to the front. My brother James was ahead of us in the queue, so we were chatting on the phone, saying we should have bought string to tie the clothing up with (thereby getting more in the bag) the words 'string' went up and down the queue like wildfire!
By 9am they had opened the doors, and were in by about 10 (splitting up of course, no time for chat on The Hunt)
I wasted valuable time in military (need to get it out of my head that I can fit into mens clothing... I'm a size 6 and obsessed with mens vintage - tailcoats in particular)
Got to Victorian and thats where I picked up my best pieces- a corset and the jacket below
I also got: 1930's blouse and pencil skirt, military tailcoat and trousers x 2 (both went to my boyfriend) a waistcoat for him, giant fan for me, a load of muslin scarfs, crushed opera hat, hat for a drag queen friend, pair of cream linen trousers..I think that was about it, all for £50
The crush was unbelievable, the 1930's room you could hardly get in, all manners were out of the window with people pushing and grabbing through the boxes on the floor
The jacket turned out to be a Parisian original, the sleeves were coming away but I decided to wear it out that night anyway, and they proceeded to disintegrate throughout until I had to take it off before the poor thing became completely un-salvageable....
I did feel terrible that this jacket, from the 1900's had survived so long, then one night with me and it was dead, but it did go on to provide the inspiration for a jacket I designed for the Biba range, currently being sold in House Of Fraser (and featured in Vogues September issue)