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Whip out the victory curls, the vintage and the vinyl – the Fifties Fair is back 

When it started 18 years ago, the Fifties Fair was more a curiosity and less of the annual drawcard it has become for hundreds of hipsters, rockabilly-heads and ’50s enthusiasts. The die-hard crowd who spearheaded the revival in the ’80s still attend every year, but the fair has become a neat intersection of many of Sydney’s favourites things: dapper dressing, Danish design, retro décor, and records. Expect stalls selling vintage and reproduction fashion, accessories, vinyl, furniture and objects, live music (including headliners the Pat Capocchi Combo), dancing, and food by Porteño. Best of all – as you can see for yourself – it takes place in the time capsule of Rose Seidler House, a mid-century modern masterpiece designed by Harry Seidler in the late ’40s. To help you get appropriately gussied up, we’ve thrown together some of our go-to shops and stylists.




These guys have a good range of men's vintagewear from the ’20s onwards. The hat collection gets a special mention. 

 Hot Couture


Based in Adelaide but selling through her online shop, Joy Taylor offers up both off the rack and bespoke reproduction ’50s skirts, dresses, tops and capris. If you’re after something bespoke, get organized at least a couple of weeks ahead.

Retrospec'd Clothing


Retrospec'd stock vintage reproductions of both women and men's clothes from slacks and shirts to party dresses and play shorts. 

Round She Goes: Preloved Fashion Market


If you’re really cutting it close or having trouble finding something, your last port of call is this mega market of retro fashion taking place the day before the Fair. Better late than never! 

Skin Deep


Get your '50s leisure look happening at this one-stop shop, who also do bespoke suits. 



Sterling Hairdressing Parlour and Barber Shop

Surry Hills

Lou and Tony Vacher will curl, sculpt and cut your hair while you sit back and listen to vinyl. Period quiffs, bobs, up 'dos and pin curls are all done expertly here.


Kalmar Antiques


You can find anything here, from Roman coins to Bakelite. Their pearl collection is particularly notable. 

Sydney Antique Centre

Surry Hills

A staggering collection of frocks, jewellery, old school cocktail accessories and furniture can be found here.

The Vintage Clothing Shop


Amazing pieces of costume jewellery are here as well as handbags and gloves. 

Thanks to Daniel Boud for photography, Myffy Rigby and Lou Vacher (models), Tony Vacher (Sterling Hairdressing Parlour) for hair, Angelique Hogan (0435 737 132) for makeup, Historic Houses Trust for use of Rose Seidler House. 

By Dee Jefferson   |   Photos by Daniel Boud

Fifties Fair details

71 Clissold Road, Wahroonga 2076

Telephone 1300 448 849

Price $30.00

Date Sun 25 Aug 2013

Rose Seidler House map

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