Vin­tage style turns back clock

DAILY GRIND Rose Jack­son takes her cus­tomers back in time. As a vin­tage stylist, hair, and makeup artist spe­cial­is­ing in the 1920s to 1950s she gives her clients the com­plete look of their cho­sen era. Re­porter EMMAWHITTAKER stopped by to see how her world

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The quiffed hair and flow­ing skirts of the 1950s are most in de­mand at the mo­ment.

‘‘The 1950s suit us,’’ Rose Jack­son says.

‘‘Most NZ woman are a clas­sic 1950s fig­ure so they have quite a small waist and then big­ger hips and a big­ger bust.

‘‘For a long time fash­ion has been about very skinny, al­most skele­tal peo­ple.

‘‘It’s a nice re­turn to form. But I would say since the Great Gatsby is com­ing out it’s go­ing to be about the 1920s pretty soon,’’ she says.

Deca­dia Vin­tage Styling Ser­vices comes af­ter a 15-year ca­reer in fash­ion.

Three years ago Miss Jack­son was liv­ing in Welling­ton af­ter re­turn­ing from over­seas and was look­ing for some­thing to keep her busy when she saw a swing danc­ing class.

‘‘I had this ‘aaaahhh’ mo­ment. All the beau­ti­ful old clothes and the mu­sic and hair was in­spir­ing.’’

She says that in most cases the de­ci­sion to go vin­tage starts with some­one buy­ing an out­fit then want­ing to com­plete the look with the right hair and makeup.

‘‘Your lip­sticks and your eyes are a great way to in­di­cate what era you’re try­ing to dress up in,’’ she says.

‘‘1920s eyes were very dark and coal-like and in the 1950s it was about per­fect red lips.’’

To help her get the per­fect look Ms Jack­son works with a spe­cially de­signed vin­tage makeup range.

It was not un­til the 1920s that mod­ern makeup came into be­ing.

‘‘Most of us learn how to put on makeup by watch­ing our mothers. Their mothers didn’t wear makeup so they got a lot of in­spi­ra­tion from silent movies. Then they were ap­ply­ing make-up with their fin­gers. They didn’t have brushes, they were just kind of throw­ing it on, which is why it was such an ex­treme look.’’

Miss Jack­son’s busi­ness is a mo­bile ser­vice and be­tween hen par­ties and pri­vate clients she con­sults on vin­tage styling for stage and screen.


Look­ing back: Rose Jack­son is a vin­tage stylist, hair, and makeup artist.

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