Goodwood Revival x Vintage Car Boot Sale
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Goodwood Revival x Vintage Car Boot Sale


Mid September weekend rolls around so quickly and before you know it Goodwood Revival festival is once again upon us. My favourite event of the year – it has special significance having grown up coming to the festival and even having driving lessons around the circuit with a marshall named Jim, before I was old enough to be on the road!

Having missed a year due to the obvious, (Covid), its return elicited energy and excitement – particularly this year with a new focus on the vintage clothing side to the event and a first of its kind car boot sale put on by a fashion stylist I have previously worked with Bay Garnett.

Known as Queen of Thrift – she launched Cheap Date Magazine back in 1997, ‘an anti fashion’ zine, which only featured second hand pieces, including for all its shoots and editorial – quite something if you think back to the 90’s – an era of hyper gloss and heralding a time of super luxury fashion campaigns. Whilst Bay has remained as dedicated as ever to vintage ‘thrifting’ in the in between years –  including styling Kate Moss in a banana print top she found in a charity shop for British Vogue that then got reinterpreted by Phoebe Philo during her time as creative director at luxury brand, Celine – she admits the current returning interest in ‘slow fashion’ and vintage/second hand pieces does feel like a ‘fashion full circle’ for her. Although she is quick to point out a difference – ‘when I started Cheap Date and styling campaigns with second hand pieces, it was style focused: ‘ I wanted to show that those pieces could look just as good in campaigns or magazines, as well as a way to look a bit different when styling yourself, whereas now, whilst I still believe that, there is a focus more on the environment as clothing is the second largest polluter behind oil.’

Goodwood approached Bay to put on one of her much loved car boot sales as part of the ‘Revive and thrive’ message behind this year’s event – ‘I love the surprise element of vintage and thrifting – not knowing what you are going to find.’ And whilst the dress code mainly revolves around the 40’s/50’s war and immediate post war times, an era she ‘respects for its elegance, femininity’, her greatest thrifting advice is to go with instinct, intuition rather than deliberate because it will always be gone if you go back.

Along with the glittering array of paddock featured motors – I always end up drawn to the same Jaguar D types, Lotus single seater (Jim Clark died in) and Ferrari 250 GT’s – the post pandemic ‘roaring 20’s’ style dress up was  palpable. Also I came across many new vintage outlets visiting for the first time – Hannah George, a Portobello regular for decades – showed me her selection of 70’s St Laurent and Celia Birtwell prints.

I also enjoyed a stint on the new Goodwood Radio channel – V2 Radio Sussex – providing excellent commentary over the weekend. Looking forward to 2022.