Words and pictures: Claire, Rose and Natasha from Glory Days magazine
The three ladies at Glory Days magazine know their vintage stuff. They’ve run their own businesses independently – from vintage styling to plus size vintage wear. They each have a penchant for a particular era and a colossal wardrobe to match, and through their new magazine they have a finger on the vintage pulse in New Zealand.
If you’re visiting this gorgeous country, the girls are here to tell you there’s more to it than picture postcard scenic views, adrenalin packed outdoor activities and must-see movie sets. The last few years has seen New Zealand’s vintage scene go from being a kooky alternative style to being a fully-fledged and accepted way of life, and this vintage community now encompasses a number of distinct groups and events that are just the cat’s meow!
There are the ‘rockabillies’ with an accompanying music scene and wealth of clothing businesses stocking premium reproduction labels from around the world. There are two main rockabilly festivals during the year – Auckland’s Very Vintage Day Out in April, which also hosts its own Miss Pin Up New Zealand competition, and Hamilton’s Atomic Festival each October, set in a classic car museum and jukebox diner.
HOT ROD AND CLASSIC CARS
There are a host of regular hot rod and classic car events, the biggest being The Beach Hop. This is set in the picturesque beach side town of Whangamata. It is huge, vibrant and boasts a line-up of fantastic bands, cars and a vintage market. Cars are entered from all around the country and a big Australian contingent makes the pilgrimage every year.
Twice a year, Art Deco enthusiasts are in their element with the Art Deco capital of Australasia – Napier, holding the well-known Tremains Art Deco Weekend to celebrate all things 1920s and 30s, and the winter deco weekend later in the year.
In 1931, Napier was destroyed in a major earthquake and architects rebuilt the city in the style du jour – the result was a love letter to Art Deco. This has led to a fantastic weekend festival in February and a smaller but still fun weekend in July, DIY Deco weekend
There is also a thriving war re-enactment scene, as well as numerous dance clubs, with plenty of swing dancers and rock ‘n’ roll enthusiasts. Burlesque also reigns supreme here – with everything from local chapters of alternative life drawing group Dr Sketchy, to regular burlesque revues from local and overseas performers.
Yes, vintage is thriving here. Original pieces of vintage clothing are getting harder to find, but there are more and more reproduction labels getting started and vintage stylists have popped up in most cities now.
The girls will be on hand with copies of their magazine and to chat about everything ‘New Zealand Vintage’ at the Love Vintage & Retro Fair in Sydney in September. And if you want to know more in the meantime, you can check them out at www.glorydaysmagazine.com or join them on Facebook.