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The Finnish Parliament is gearing up for what is expected to be a close vote on a proposal to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples. As the vote will be tomorrow, I thought now would be the perfect time to bring back this photoshoot that photographer Jirina Alanko and I shot in 2013.

With this series of photos, titled Annalan varjon alla, Jirina and I wanted to highlight queer visibility in the vintage scene. Drawing inspiration from Finnish films of the 1930s, our attempt was reimagine the heterocenteric and heterosexist history of romantic imagery by depicting two women enamoured with each other.

Photography by Jirina Alanko

Annalan varjon alla

Annalan varjon alla

Annalan varjon alla

Annalan varjon alla

 
November 27, 2014 Photography Vintage fashion
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Last month I came across the vintage find of the century. In the attic of my mother’s friend hung a 1920s vintage coat in pristine condition. Now, this is the kind of coat that you see in Deco era illustrations and in your dreams – but never in real life. But there it was and in my size too. It now hangs in my closet and I still can’t believe my luck.

It is an early to mid-1920s tiered wrap-over coat that fastens with a button and a sash on the side. The main features are the grandiose bat wing sleeves and the stunning Art Deco style embroidery.

I paired the coat with a pair of deadstock 1930s t-bar shoes that I recently obtained from Alles Gute at the Suvi-Vintage fair. I love the decorative details and the colour of the shoes; these are both beautiful and practical, and they pair perfectly with my coat.

With my interest having shifted from the 1940s to the early 1930s and 20s, I have cut down on my vintage purchases radically. Simply because items from the earlier eras are so much more difficult to come, especially on a budget. But June was very, very good to me. I may not have bought as much as I might have a few of years back but instead I have invested in a couple of quality pieces that I know I’ll cherish for years to come.

Photography by Jirina Alanko

1920s art deco coat

1920s art deco coat

1920s art deco coat

1920s art deco coat

 

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  • Welcome to 21st Century Flapper!
    My name is Riikka and I hail from Helsinki, Finland. I'm a film researcher and a freelance journalist, a sartorial devotee of vintage fashion and endlessly fascinated by early 20th century visual culture. I write about film, fashion, design, architecture - and all things old and pretty.

    Olen helsinkiläinen elokuvatutkija ja toimittaja, jonka intohimo on 1900-luvun alkupuolen visuaalinen kulttuuri. Blogi sivuaa kiinnostuksenkohteitani 1920- ja 1930-luvun elokuvista aina ajan muotiin ja designiin asti.



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