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
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.