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the vintage clothing obsessive

Name: Joanna Mawdsley

Profession: tofu maker

‘When I have a free day to go shopping I work out some sort of plan the night before. I’ll go to several vintage clothing shops, a few high street shops like Whistles just to accessorise and some charity shops on the way home if I have time. I am looking for anything that is a little bit unusual from the 503 to the 705 and I’m usually guided by colour. I’ll think that today I want something green, so if I see something green I’ll automatically try it on even if it is the oddest thing in the shop.

‘The most I’ve ever spent on a vintage dress is $225, which isn’t a lot. I don’t think I would pay more, unless perhaps if it was an original 503 ballgown or a 705 trouser suit. I’m very small so a lot of the time things are too big for me, but if I like something I have to have it and will alter it on my sewing machine. ‘I share a flat with a girl who works for Edinburgh vintage clothing store Armstrongs, so she keeps me informed if something interesting comes in. I also go to the Rusty Zip, Godiva, and I absolutely love Herman Brown. I also like Kojak’s in Glasgow and, of course, visit lots of charity shops. I’m actually a bit of a charity shop whore, although I do go through stages with it. If you do it all the time you stop finding things, whereas if you leave it for a while you can go back and it's like a Pandora’s Box. The best bargain I ever got from a charity shop was an off-white Elvis Cape with turning brass buttons for 24.

‘At the moment I love the late 60$ Biba look, anything by Ozzy Clarke and I really love the 503 housewife look, but my goal would be to find an original Balenciaga. With vintage, though, it all comes down to serendipity. I suppose the ultimate aim, albeit subconsciously, is to be at a party and someone says: “Oh God, where did you get that from?” followed by that feeling of: “I’ll tell you where, but you can’t get it because there is only one.” It’s strangely satisfying.’ (Interviewed by Paul Dale)

24 1’“! LIST 9—23 May 2002