Ballarat Frock Up market shows vintage in vogue

Felicity Nihill and Cassandra Cartledge check out the hundreds of vintage dresses on display at the Pop Up Frock Up fair in Ballarat. Picture: Jeremy Bannister

Felicity Nihill and Cassandra Cartledge check out the hundreds of vintage dresses on display at the Pop Up Frock Up fair in Ballarat. Picture: Jeremy Bannister

FROM fur coats to suave 1940s wartime dresses, Ballarat's Pop Up Frock Up Market was a slice of heaven for vintage enthusiasts.

Hundreds of vintage fashionistas scoured the racks at the St Patrick's Cathedral Hall in Sturt Street on Saturday in search of their own unique garment.

The hall was a sea of swinging sixties outfits, bows, pearls, linen, lace and 1970s flower power clothing.

Nestled in among the racks of clothing were pairs of vintage designer Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahniks shoes.

The event showcased collections of vintage dealers from all over Australia and fair organiser Fiona Baverstock said every era from the last 200 years was on display.

Ms Baverstock said the increasing popularity of vintage clothing was due to its far reaching appeal and a desire to own a one of a kind piece.

"Vintage clothing really appeals to people of all ages," Ms Baverstock said. "It has that bit more flair and style, which modern clothing doesn't have. It is also better quality because it has stood the test of time and you aren't going to see six other people wearing the same thing walking down the street."

Ms Baverstock said the fair briefly became a 1950s swing dance party when a group dressed in rock'n'roll gear arrived and started swing dancing in the middle of the hall.

"We had some classic swing dancing music playing and they began dancing, it was just fabulous," Ms Baverstock said. "They had come here to find 1950s clothing and they really looked the part."

Ms Baverstock said stunning beaded 1920s flapper dresses, crinoline gowns worn during across the goldfields and 1980s retro clothing were among the fair's standouts.

Rare vintage jewellery boasting diamonds, sapphires and emerald was also on offer.

For the youngsters, there was also a collection of children's' antique and vintage clothing.

A typically cold and dreary winter's day, ensured the most popular item to go was vintage winter coats.

"They just walked out the door," Ms Baverstock. "It is the perfect addition to any outfit for a cold Ballarat winter's day."

The Pop Up Frock Up Market will be on Sunday from 10am to 4pm, at the St Patrick's Cathedral Hall, Sturt Street, Ballarat. 

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