Getting out and about doesn't always have to be at a transgender event, and sometimes you get to wear the loveliest clothes!
Well its October all ready and the clocks go back to make the end of British summer time, and the weather has turned slightly chilly. As I look on to the surf at the end of my garden, there's a slight offshore breeze and the last of the holiday-makers are headed for home.
We have had a few events over the last few weeks that have kept us entertained. September saw me attending the Goodwood Revival again, which is a truly splendid annual vintage rally near Southampton.
The revival is set between the 1940’s to 1960’s as this was when the circuit was used as a formula one grand-prix venue. People come to see the cars and motorbikes of the era race round the track at breakneck speeds with none of the modern safety aids to help them.
During the 1940’s Goodwood was also a Battle of Britain fighter base, so always has a fantastic array of world war 2 and vintage aeroplanes on display. The Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane from the Battle of Britain flight give a majestic flypast joined with some of the aircraft attending the event. This year saw two Mustangs give an impressive display. But you don’t want to hear about that – you want to know all about the fashions! And what fashions there were! Over 90% of the 140,000 + people who attend dress in period outfits of the period. This year we attended for 2 days so needed to have fabulous outfits for both days.
Saturday saw me in a 1950’s Pan-Am outfit, not exactly authentic in detail, but enough to be instantly recognisable as the iconic cabin crew of the day. My partner found an authentic 40’s summer dress which looked wonderful. Along with my friends Jemma and Jackie we all looked a stylish group.
The event has a very large retail area that caters for all the needs from vintage dresses, uniforms, fur coats and hats. There were make-up and hair salons that would perform a magical transformation into a retro pin up model in a Jiffy. Vintage motorcar memorabilia was also on sale, as well as an auction where some cars fetched in excess of £1,000,000
Famous people bring their cars to the venue to race them and to show them off. Some may know of Rowan Atkinson (AkA as Mr Bean) is a very keen car racer and had some fun on the track in a jaguar, whilst Ewan Macgregor (AkA Obi-Wan Kanobie) raced off on a vintage motorbike.
The Sunday saw the weather a little cooler and we were in more formal attire, with me in a 50’s poker-dot A line dress with large petticoats and pill box hat, with my partner in a 50’s black and white Vogue suit and Jemma looking fabulous in her Vivian of Holloway 1950’s dress.
The event is truly spectacular and there is something for everyone, from live music, street performers, shops, displays and non-stop action.
The event was really good fun and very relaxed. We met several other girls there and we all felt that it was really Trans Friendly. Take a look at the website, but also view my little gallery of my friends and I at the event, here.