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.
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.
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.