Monday, 25 February 2013

Vintage Swimwear Shoot at Clifton Lido

Clifton Hill Costume and Textiles has a significant collection of vintage swimwear ranging from the Victorian era to the 1970`s.

 Synergy Styling and Photography planned and styled this vintage swimwear shoot which was a creative collaboration with Helen Lewis an amazing make up artist from London and local hair stylist Steven Rooney. Connie from Flowers of Stokes Croft created the real flower swim hat and our models were Bethan Searle, Dejah Baptiste, Rose Gover and Ryan Cloud. Despite the weak, watery sunshine it was very cold but our models were consummate professionals as you can see in this sneaky peek photograph taken by Venetia Norrington one half of "Synergy" and also of Firetop Photography fame

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Clifton Hill Costume and Textiles

Spring Launch Event

April 18th 2013

Clifton Hill Costume and Textiles

at Clifton Hill House

7pm – 10pm 

Clifton Hill Costume and Textiles is an antique and vintage costumier and haberdashery suppliers, re-opening after the owner and founder Gillian Hodder passed away early in 2011. After extensive refurbishment of the building, and the long, but amazing experience of sorting through her vast-30 year-collection, the shop is preparing to open to the public once again in February 2013.

To celebrate the opening of the shop, show off some fine outfits and display some most delightful curios, Clifton Hill Costume & Textiles is hosting an evening of glamour, fashion and fun. Featuring live tableaux with models in situ wearing amazing vintage outfits, music, stalls and a catwalk show, the event is to be held in the superb Clifton Hill House. The Bristol University Halls is a great venue and only a couple of minutes’ walk from the shop itself!

The stunning haberdashery units that were the focus of the main part of the shop for many people are richly stocked with luxurious handmade and machine lace, gentlemen’s spectacles, underwear, stockings and scarves, whilst the buttons and buckles come in unbelievable quantity!

“It’s been a real boost doing various markets and events, I have met some great people; general public and local designers and makers, many of whom had visited Gill’s Clifton Hill Antique Costume and Textiles in the past and are hotly anticipating its return”.

Tickets are £3 in advance and £4 on the door.

Tickets will be available from

See some of our entertainers below...

Beehive Brides - BOUDOIR

Beehive Brides is the brainchild of professional hair and makeup artist Fiona Maynard.
Fiona is a fully qualified hairdresser with over 20 year’s experience, including work published in many British and continental hair magazines.
A specialist in colouring and dressing long hair, Fiona decided to boost her training ten years ago to become a fully qualified make-up artist.
She has since worked across a wide range of film and television projects, including the Magdelene Sisters, BBC drama Monarch of the Glen, Messiah and Cranford and Archangel with James Bond himself, Daniel Craig.

Our Interns

Emma Kitching

As a Fine Art Student at The University of the West Of England, Emma has spent the past two years creating work that continues to explore how traditional craft skills and techniques can be used to create contemporary art. Often she will combine her passion for using pre -loved, vintage or forgotten materials with her own embroidery or illustration to produce new and original pieces.

She has gained some work experience in London helping to organise, host and design arts events and parties. Emma hopes to continue in this line of work and has currently been contracted to design and hand make bespoke wedding stationery and decorations for her sisters upcoming wedding in August. Here are some examples of Emma`s work;

Our models - CATWALK


Model, Actor, Film & Stage Crew
Rosie is a theatre, art and literature practitioner with a deep passion for musical theatre.  She has been involved in TV productions and shows around the South along side paid modelling projects. She is enthusiastic, confident and hardworking.

Our models - CATWALK


Holly is just starting out as a model and hopes to develop her portfolio.

Our models - CATWALK


Model, Actor, Film & Stage Crew who loves everything vintage 

Our models - CATWALK


Joanne loves fashion and music and would like to participate in as many modelling opportunities as possible so that she can gain some experience, develop her portfolio and meet new people.

Our Models - CATWALK


Cecily is a full time student who has some modeling experience and has a passion for vintage fashion. She has had  work experience as a "runner" on a styled photo shoot for designer Lisa Keating Bespoke Bridal.

Our models - CATWALK

Claire Rammelkamp

Claire is an actor and model who has appeared in plays as diverse as Anthony and Cleopatra to Guys and Dolls.
She loves vintage fashion and is passionate about the craftmanship, quality of materials and femininity of fashion in the 1950`s


Our models- CATWALK


Hannah is a model/actor who is at the brink of an exciting career. She is busily attending casting calls and "go sees" and is passionate about vintage fashion. She has some run way experience and has participated in photo shoots

Our Models - CATWALK


Kayleigh is a dancer actress and singer who currently works as a dancer for The Flaming Feathers a vintage dance troupe based in Bristol.
 The Flaming Feathers travel around the UK performing numbers from the 20's to the 60's at all kinds of events. Along side this Kayleigh has also performed as a vintage vocalist singing popular songs from her favourite artists of the 50's and 60's. Her passion for these classic eras has also lead her to teach older style dances such as the Charleston, Burlesque, Swing, Jive and Fan dance with The Showgirl Academy. 
When she isn't involved in all things vintage Kayleigh is an actress and model and has appeared in many films and TV programs, she has most recently appeared in "Trollied" on Sky. 

Our Models - CATWALK


Nia is an experienced model with both catwalk and editorial experience. Her portfolio includes featuring on the cover of a book set in 1940`s "Love Day Justice"she is interested in dance and acting and has experience as film and stage crew.

Our models- CATWALK


Dejah wishes to pursue a career in the Fashion Industry either as a designer or a fashion journalist. Both are huge aspirational goals that she aims to accomplish.

Our models - CATWALK


Evie is a full time student with an interest in fashion, music and dance.

Our Models - CATWALK

Valentina Squitieri

Model, Actor, Dancer
Valentina is a model currently based in Bristol, where she trains full-time as an Aerial Circus and Physical Performer. She is exploring and experimenting with modelling in all styles and genres.

Exhibitors in The Marketplace

Hope Handbags

Hope Handbags specialises in stylish handmade handbags made from vintage fabrics and upcycled products including the quirky coffee sack shoppers.

Each handbag is lovingly created to provide the utimate in style, practicality and individuality.

The nature of the fabrics used to create these handbags means that each one is unique and you can guarantee that you will not find anyone else with the same handbag as yours.

Bespoke orders also taken."

Hope Handbags can be found at or on Google+

Exhibitors in The Marketplace

Elsie Belle

Established by Liz Fennings in 2004, Elsie Belle is a vibrant Bristol based jewellery company showcasing a selection of unusual and eye-catching gems, trinkets and tiny treasures.  
All their pieces are handmade in their Stokes Croft studio using vintage and inspired components sourced from around the world such as beautiful vintage brass stampings and charms, Japanese lucite flowers, Czech glass beads, porcelain cabochons and hand-wired fresh water pearls.  
Their jewellery has been featured in a number of fashion publications including Vogue, Look, Heat, Grazia, Cosmopolitan and the Sunday Times, whilst celebrity fans include Mary Portas, Holly Willoughby, Fern Cotton, Alexandra Burke and Pixie Lott.


Exhibitors in The Marketplace

Exhibitors in The Marketplace

Grass Root Gifts

 Is a family run business based in Bath, made up of Teresa, Valerie and Stacey. We hand make aprons, bags and accessories for adults and children out of high quality oilcloth, and 100% cotton fabrics.

Exhibitors in The Marketplace

Little Ren

Kelly Bevan aka Little Ren makes gorgeous prints and cards, come and see her work in the marketplace. Here are some photos .....

Saturday, 23 February 2013


Elle Hitchens

Freelance MAC Cosmetics trained makeup artist. Covering all of the South West.
Specialising in weddings and fashion editorial, with a passion for all things vintage!

Clifton Hill House Boudoir

Vicki Waghorn

I am a pro make up artist based in north somerset specialising in fashion, bridal, photographic, special occasion, tv , film etc. 


Rochelle Perks Mua

Hi i'm Rochelle and i'm 25, I have always enjoyed doing make-up and only started properly last year in April after doing a make-up and consultancy course at one of the Bristol's Colleges called Ashley Down.

Since then I have done many different photoshoots ranging from the 1950's - modern day make-up.

I have really caught the make-up bug and absolutely love all things to do with make-up like fashion week in London, New York, Paris etc. Plus I have also recently completed my first bridal make-up and have more lined up.

I am starting my own business soon as well and will hold Make-up Parties and I have my first on friday (1st march) this week.


Ginger Harris

A complete make up geek, I am in LOVE with the research, design and completion of make up looks. From start to finish I immerse myself in every project and always try to take everything one step further until I have created something original, without crossing the boundary into the garish.

I have skills that vary from airbrushing, to period cosmetic design, to avant garde music video styling and horror make ups. Thanks to brief and client led projects I have had hands on experience in a wide variety of situations, working on runway make up for fashion shoots, test-shoots for editorials and period designs for on screen.

While I am still finding my feet in the industry, my finished work has always had attention to detail and the finesse which I believes makes it Industry Standard.