Stylist Jessica Stokes organized the wearable fashion runway show during the opening of LUSH, Fairweather’s March exhibition adding playfulness, sharp-dressing, and vintage clothing.
It’s like wearing archived collectibles; each piece has history behind it.”
Jessica Stokes finds vintage clothes that are in near pristine condition and that has just the right amount of (re) trending-now in fashion awareness.
There’s a rise in people looking at things that already exist, that are beautiful, that are usable, not only to take inspiration from – but also to use as fabrics for creation.”
Three Fairweather textile artists, left to right: Jessica Stokes, Jeanne Walker, and Cicely Gilman pictured together during the opening reception of LUSH on March 5, 2022. Note the mixed patterns, rather than matched fabrics, perfectly selected vintage jewelry, and must-have fashionable hats.
The perception of vintage as the logical retort to fast fashion and of upcycling as alternative forms of making – that is the surest sign that vintage has real traction. A generation that has everything to gain and nothing to lose by embracing sustainable practices is waking up, and they mean business.”
VIntage cocktail dress found by textile stylist Jessica Stokes.
It’s more than just trendy, it’s a lifestyle – [the popularity of vintage] has come through education and it’s a response to fast fashion – and that’s good. My hope is that vintage becomes the new luxury. Fashion is how we signal our intent,” says former Vogue editor-in-chief Abigail Chisman.
In addition, Jessica Stokes has selected vintage brooches, designer vintage jackets, and fabulous hand-painted wood chargers (at remarkable pricing). On display through March 25.
I have a whole new clientele – because people want to save money, and find something well made and original.” JS
Fairweather House and Gallery
Located in the Historic Gilbert District