Meet the Team
At 21, I landed myself a staff position at the News of the World newspaper in London and was the youngest staff reporter on Fleet Street at the time. I had some wonderful experiences there, from attending royal weddings, film premieres and Live 8, but also some tough ones too like reporting on the London bombings and natural disasters. I then moved onto the Sunday People and worked in the celebrity/features department, achieving my first national newspaper front page!
After several years in the print industry, I made the move to TV and spent some time working for the BBC, before moving back into magazines and freelancing for numerous glossy magazines such as Cosmopolitan and Glamour.
I have worked at Vintage Life magazine since 2016, as Feature Editor, before being promoted to the position of Deputy Editor in 2017. In addition to this, I am the Fashion Editor at UK Rock and Roll magazine and Deputy Editor at PsychTalk – the British Psychological Society magazine.
In my spare time, I have been a pin up model since 2010 and modelled for over 200 brands and featured on 30 magazine covers. I have judged international pin up competitions and hosted events and delivered lectures on working in the media at universities, to postgraduate students. I am studying a master’s degree in psychology, and start a PhD in September and am also currently writing a book about the psychology of vintage fashion and a children’s book.
Bernie DexterFashion Editor
Kitty Von TastiqueWellness Editor
Diablo RoseBeauty Editor
Sarah BloorHair Editor
Dawn GracieLifestyle Editor
Kate BeavisWedding Editor
Marcella PuppiniMusic Editor
Prof Deborah Sugg RyanHome Editor
Catherine BeckFood Editor
Emma EdwardsTravel Editor
Dean TurnerChap Editor
Goldy LoxxSociety Editor
In 2009, Bernie turned her love for vintage clothing into her own clothing line. The styles are 1940s and 1950s inspired.
Bernie is married to Levi Dexter, former lead singer of 1970s rockabilly band Levi and the Rockats. Her husband is her regular photographer.
She has a BA in Communications, specialising in film and television, and has trained in presenting, comedy, writing, directing, producing and interview techniques at the AFTRS and the ATYP in acting.
I literally fell in love with vintage hairstyling and practiced as much as I could to master the techniques. After honing my skills styling for friends and family, I had a pop up salon in a local vintage shop in late 2013. After its success and repeat bookings, Pin Up Curl was born in March 2014.
Originally trained as a knitwear designer, my creativity and attention to detail is evident in my hairstyling. I live and breathe the vintage lifestyle and pride myself on a certain authenticity.
I specialise in the finger waves of the 20s, the waves and pin curls of the 30s, the defined loose curls and rolls of the 40s, the iconic Marilyn waves and poodle sets of the 50s to the bouffant and beehives of the 60s.
Sitting perfectly alongside your fabulous vintage hairstyle is Hair Wear by Pin Up Curl – a range of beautiful vintage inspired hair accessories. From hair flowers to bridal pieces you can find these in the Pin Up Curl Etsy store.
Dawn is also an accomplished and professional producer. From her very own Cabaret Club in Chichester and resident Starlet’s Burlesque Show at the Worthing Pier Southern Pavilion to full scale theatre shows, she can turn her hand to any project. From working with the client and casting within budget to producing her own .branded events, you are always in capable hands with Dawn Gracie.
In 1999, she left the fashion world and embarked on a degree course at Trinity College of Music, where she graduated in Jazz Performance and Composition.
Her first band was called Dead Sex Kitten. She appeared on Rich B’s song “Revolution”. She also performed in her own name in the jazz and cabaret scene in the UK and Italy.
In 2004, Puppini created a new group called the Puppini Sisters, a close-harmony trio inspired by the sister groups of the 1930s and ’40s. The Puppini Sisters’ debut album, Betcha Bottom Dollar (UCJ, 2006), was awarded a Gold disc in the UK.
Puppini became involved in alternative performance art. She worked with Marisa Carnesky on Ghost Train, with Paloma Faith in 2005, with The Whoopee Club as musical director, and with Duckie.
She founded Marcella and The Forget Me Nots. The band’s first album came out in January 2010 as part of Twisted Cabaret, a part-audio, part-video compilation curated by French label Volvox. Marcella and The Forget Me Nots changed formation in 2010 to become an indie-art-punk-Weimar inspired band and released Born Beautiful in 2011.
Puppini has been working as a regular guest conductor for the Georgy Garanian Big Band, formerly known as the Russian State Big Band. She has performed in Moscow, Siberia, and in Izhevsk as part of a Tchaikovsky festival.
In May 2013, she was nominated as the Mayoress of Camden.
In 2015, Puppini released Everything Is Beautiful, her first solo album of original material, which she describes as “electro vintage, because it’s not just electro swing, it’s a mixture of different vintage styles interpreted with an electronic sound.”
My recent research explores the design and decoration of the home. My new book Ideal Homes 1918-39: Domestic Design and Suburban Modernism is published by Manchester University Press in 2018. I previously published a history of the Ideal Home show – The Ideal Home Through the Twentieth Century (now out of print but available via eBay or ABE Books) – and curated Ideal Homes for the Design Museum. I am currently working on a history of the kitchen for Reaktion Books and am on the advisory board and writing a catalogue essay for the V&A’s 2019 Food Futures exhibition. I am also turning my personal passion for vintage fashion into a research project on vintage brands, events, consumers and sustainability.
Miss Bamboo lives and breathes the 40s and 50s and her online boutique represents her particular love of glamorous American and Pacific fashions. Miss Bamboo’s house and airstream also reflects her passion for 1950s American, Pacific and Tiki style and can be hired for photoshoots or filming, see gallery for pictures.
Miss Bamboo takes you on a journey across the Pacific, from America, down to Mexico, Hawaii and the Asian Pacific Coast, bringing you the best quality 40s/50s reproduction clothing.
Miss Bamboo is pleased to bring you top brands from the USA including Trashy Diva, Bernie Dexter clothing and Tatyana, saving you the cost of international shipping, import tax and fees as well as more difficult returns. Miss Bamboo also stocks her own in house ‘Miss Bamboo’ label proudly made in limited edition numbers in the UK, giving you quality at affordable prices.
On these pages you will find a wide range of beautiful 1940s & 1950s style dresses from America and the Pacific for vintage glamour without the rationing! Miss Bamboo also stocks a range of gorgeous 1940s/50s skirts, tops and other accessories such as bags, fans and bamboo parasols.
Think World War II, GIs and servicemen at your beck and call, (I have my own GI, Preston, aka Big Bamboo, who still requires a little more training!) Tropical, Tiki, Mexican and Exotic South Asian Pin Ups. Holidaying in the Pacific in the golden age of travel. Hawaiian and Tiki nights at your 40s and rockabilly weekenders.
Cherry DollfaceBeauty Expert
Wayne HemmingwayDesign Expert
Tom CarradineMusic Expert
Miss Victory VioletFashion Expert
More fab experts…being added soon!
I started my YouTube channel in 2011 and was completely blown away by the response. I now upload new videos every Tuesday and Thursday and make content ranging from vintage hair/makeup tutorials, day in the life videos, styling segments, tips on how to be a pinup model, cooking, and everything in between. I try hard to show me as I am in my life and take my viewers along with me every step of the way.
Here on my website you will find a gallery of some of my favorite work; a blog where I will post musings and link my weekly YouTube uploads (to subscribe to my RSS, hit the little orange square up above!); a contact page; a link to my smug mug account where you can buy various prints; a links page where you can find links to other products that I sell, people that I work with, and companies that I love; and a calendar of events that you can find me at!
I hope you enjoy this little slice of my life!
Wayne’s earliest memories are of his mum and nan dressing him up as Elvis, a Beatle or Tarzan, then either parading him up and down Morecambe pier* or being held aloft in a wrestling ring by his dad, costume still intact. (For those that don’t know, Wayne’s dad is Billy Two Rivers, a Red Indian and the World Heavyweight Champion at the time.) These early modelling stints went some way towards influencing a childhood full of style, culture and reinvention – plus a few blue suede shoes.
After spending most of his childhood in Blackburn, a young and multicultural Hemingway left school with ten O-Levels and four A-Levels. In 1979 he made another inappropriate decision for a future designer and gained a degree in Geography and Town Planning at University College, London. Whoops.
But it was his most inappropriate move of all that sealed his fate forever. One bright day in 1981, Wayne nicked his and childhood sweetheart (now wife) Gerardine’s rent money to buy practice space for the band he then played in*. To recoup the cash, he emptied their wardrobes, which were full of handmade and vintage clobber, and flogged the contents on Camden Market. It went outrageously well, and the realisation that money could be made from fashion suddenly dawned.
Alongside Gerardine, Wayne built Red or Dead into a globally-celebrated label and, after 21 consecutive seasons on the catwalk, sold it in a multi-million-pound deal. In 1999, fresh from the sale of Red or Dead, Wayne and Gerardine embarked on a new adventure: HemingwayDesign. And the rest, they say, is history.
Other than his BSc degrees in Geography and Town Planning (which, surprisingly, have become very useful!), Wayne spent 6 years as a Design Council Trustee Board and having been with CABE for a decade since its inception (as Chair of Building For Life ) , has been a Mayors London Leader and currently supports the Mayor of London , Sadiq Khan as a Design Advocate He got an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list of 2006, is a Professor in The Built Environment Department of Northumbria University, a Doctor of Design at Wolverhampton, Lancaster and Stafford, and an Honorary Fellow of Blackburn College, the University of Cumbria and Regents University. (Just call him Prof, Doc, Doc, Doc Wayne Hemingway MBE, BSc, MA, Esquire.)
Tom Carradine, pianist with Champagne Charlie and the Bubbly Boys and regular accompanist on the London cabaret circuit, decided that he wanted to capture the flavour and atmosphere of a good old fashioned knees up (in the grand Cockney tradition) and recreate it for audiences young and old.
Since it’s launch in 2014, Carradine’s Cockney Sing-a-long has rapidly become a fixture on the UK’s thriving vintage scene and is now playing sell-out dates in the main auditorium at Wilton’s, monthly dates at Cahoots in London, Scallywag Cafe in Tunbridge Wells, Emporium in Brighton and for vintage events, corporate events and private parties across the country.
I’m from New Zealand but currently living in the big city of London, UK. My years of working as a hairdresser and practicing on my own hair and lead me to become a specialist in perfectly sculpted vintage do’s. Since moving to London, I’ve decided to take a break from hairdressing and focus on my blog and modelling.
My passion for this style has led me to travel to places like Viva Las Vegas, model with international companies Pinup Girl Clothing and Glamour Bunny Clothing, been on the cover of Glory Days Magazine, appeared on live television and won several pinup competitions such as Miss Pinup New Zealand 2014 and Miss Viva Las Vegas 18 (2015).
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Nicola lives in Ramsbottom, a small town just north of Manchester, UK, with her partner Gary, 15 year old son and a cute French Bulldog – Stan! (woof). We shoot from our cosy home studio – in a relaxed and informal setting, we promise you’ll feel right at home – kettle’s on!
Our make-up artists were VERY carefully selected when we started Boudoir – Michelle Sisson and Sarah Elliott are both incredibly talented girls and are key in making our shoots as successful as they are – they totally ‘get’ what I’m on about – no mean feat I can assure you! We are also all very good friends and really have a giggle together!
Influenced by femininity and elegance with a vintage edge, Emma loves creating beautiful, classic images of women. Her true passion lies in Vintage and she is proud to have had her work featured in numerous publications, including multiple front covers.
Emma also runs Emma Finch Photography which specialises in Child portraits, Family, and Weddings, and organises Photography workshops and training sessions.
When not behind the lens, Emma is a mother, a vintage enthusiast, a traveller, a foodie and a people watcher.
It’s been amazing fun creating it along with Pinup model Sophia Montrose from whom the studio takes its name. There are currently 20 different sets and around half of them are dedicated to pinup.
In the short time it’s been open we have had a ball with pinups coming from far and wide to pinch sweets form the diner, chill out on the tiki beach or swing razors about in the barber shop. I’ll stop right there because otherwise I’ll never stop. Except to say that that the best is yet to come, transformational makeovers and this awesome reactions!
Terry McNamara is a Manchester-based freelance photographer. Most of Terry’s commercial work is in editorial, press and PR, although it is not limited to these fields. Terry has a passion for vintage fashion and photography, and loves creating images that reflect the style of the 1940s and 50s. His work internationally published and he is regular contributor to a number of vintage and pinup magazines.
A shoot with Claire is filled with laughter and she goes to extreme lengths to get that perfect shot. That balance of dark and sultry, or light and fun. She brings out the best in the women she works with.
You see, to Claire, photography is a never ending journey. It’s a path of discovery not just of her art but of herself too. Gaining both critical & commercial respect in her chosen field is amazing but the real excitement comes in what happens next…
We photograph all ages, shapes and sizes – customising the styling to create pure bombshell images in a flash. We have a marvellous range of designer pin up attire in sizes UK 6 – 20+ and often order individual items for clients when a shoot is booked for a lady with particular tastes.
As well as a wide choice of clothing, we provide vintage hair styling and make up to complete the look, as well as having an impressive range of backgrounds and props at the spacious and comfortable studio in Birmingham, England. We also Tour the USA offering shoots in various States.