Belstaff Inspiration

Belstaff head designer took inspiration from vintage suitcases and the romanticism they evoke- that time when moving from one point to another was all about pure luxury. No budget airlines then, I love vintage suitcases and the stickers they have on them from all the places their owners have been, a little piece of history.
I have been inspired into researching travel beginning in the 1920’s to the 70’s. I love the excitement you can see in the posters and the photos. International travel was restricted to the rich though because of the high prices, travel in and around the UK was done mainly on trains as they were seen as competitive on price as well as luxurious. A bit different from now hey.
Christmas in the air 1920.
Passenger cabin 1920-1929.
Meal service 1930-1939

BOAC Air Stewardess
How glamorous is this photo! I love it.
1950’s 1959
A bit cheesy but I love it.
British Airways female uniform 1977-1985 (Designer: Baccarat Wetherall)

Brassai 1930’s Photographer

I love the 1930’s photographer Brassai. He was completely disinterested in photography, if not scornful of it, until he saw the work being done by his acquaintance Andre Kertesz, which inspired him to take up the medium himself.
In the early thirties he set about photographing the night of Paris, especially at its more colorful and more disreputable levels. The results this project, a fascinatingly tawdry collection of prostitutes, pimps, madams, transvestites, apaches, and assorted cold-eyed pleasure-seekers, was published in 1933 as Paris de Nuit, one of the most remarkable of all photographic books.
Making photographs in the dark bistros and darker streets presented a difficult technical problem. BRASSAI”s solution was direct, primitive, and perfect. He focused his small plate camera on a tripod, opened the shutter when ready, and fired a flashbulb. If the quality of his light did not match that of the places where he worked, it was, for BRASSAI, better: straighter, more merciless, more descriptive of fact, and more in keeping with BRASSAI’s own vision, which was as straightforward as a hammer. He just didn’t focus on the underworld be also took photos of “normal” people out and about town, almost as a 1930’s version of a fashion blogger?

What I find intriguing and interesting about Brassai’s photos are that they tell part of a story about the people in them, whilst still leaving room for your imagination to build and create the rest of the story. Brassia’s work has not gone unnoticed by some of the most influential people in fashion with John Galliano and Grace Coddington both being inspired by him work.
So what do you think about his style of photography?

Vintage Tennis

Fred Perry Wimbledon Winner
Did you know that a Brit has not reached the Wimbledon finals since the 1930’s, well put your Strawberries and Cream down, the Pimms will still be there when you have finished, and feast your eyes on some vintage Tennis outfits.
No half dressed Tennis players in the 30’s. The whole outfit was much more smarter and even tailored when comparing it to today’s outfits. I love how the guy above played wearing a Flat Cap, very English.