The Style Council! Nancy Russel


This month's vintage lover is Nancy Russel of Issaquah, Washington.

-How long have you been collecting vintage clothing for?

About 5 years, but I've always been fascinated by the images in old movies and fashion advertisements from the past.

-What got you into vintage clothing?

My niece was interested in vintage clothing for a short time when she was in junior high. She and her friends didn't have driver's licenses so my sister drove them around to all the thrift shops. After the kids lost interest my sister still wanted to shop for vintage so she would go with me while I shopped for Depression glass. She got me to try on some things and before I knew it I was a vintage fanatic like she was.

-What are your favorite eras of clothing?

Anything from the 30's through the 60's

-What do you like about clothing from these eras?

Love the detail and the fit and the all out feminine glamour.

-Who are some of your favorite vintage designers?

I don't pay attention to labels. I look for things that typify the time era, and I love accessories for getting the look right.

-Who are some of your favorite modern designers?

I don't have any. Any current fashions I buy are selected for fit and functionality. Collecting vintage has given me an eye for fine fabrics, detail and quality of construction.

-What would be your ultimate vintage find?

A complete suit from the 40's in good condition.

-Where do you do the majority of your vintage shopping- garage, estate and rummage sales, thrift stores, vintage stores, online vintage stores or eBay?

Thrift and vintage shops.

-Is vintage clothing popular in the city that you live in?

Yes it's popular but I'm the only one who collects it in my circle of friends.

-Who are some of your favorite style icons?

Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, Lucille Ball

-What are your favorite vintage movies, music and television programs?

All the old Audrey Hepburn movies, I Love Lucy and I poured over my Mom's fashion magazines when I was a kid which left and imprint on my sense of style.

-Do you collect any other types of collectibles or antiques?

I collect milk glass and vintage linens.

Thanks to Nancy for answering our Style Council interview questions!

You too could be featured on Lulu's Vintage Style Council!

Just email me- lulusvintage (at) a photo of yourself wearing vintage (it can be a modern outfit accented with vintage accessories or a complete vintage ensemble) and answer my interview questions


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