Whip out the victory curls, the vintage and the vinyl – the Fifties Fair is back
When it started 20 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 favourite things: dapper dressing, Danish design, retro décor, and records. The annual 'Best Dressed' competition and the display of vintage cars guarantees some serious eye-candy.
Expect stalls selling vintage and reproduction fashion, accessories, vinyl, furniture and objects, live music (including headliners The Hi Boys) and DJs Limpin’ Jimmy & Swingin’ Kitten, dancing (lead by the pros at Swing Time Australia), and sustenance courtesy of Madame Pop, Porteño, Eathouse Diner, Daisy’s Milkbar, and AllPress Espresso.
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.