Matthew Adams, who runs Frock Me, studied Costume & Theatre Design at Central School of Art & Design in the mid-1970s. He started selling vintage fashion in 1979 at the the now defunct Swiss Cottage Market in north London and by 1980 had set up the thriving Stables Market in London's Camden Lock.
The very first 'Vintage Fashion Fair' in the country was held at the Kensington Town Hall in the mid-1990s. In 2004 we moved this event over to Chelsea and changed the name to Frock Me!
Although we have spawned several imitations (including one relative newcomer who quite erroneously and very bizarrely claims to be the 'first' and the originator of the term 'vintage fashion'), Frock Me!is easily London’s hottest vintage fashion event, held several times a year at the Chelsea Town Hall in the King’s Road and now also in Brighton at the Corn Exchange. All the top vintage dealers in the country come to sell an unrivalled collection of vintage clothing and accessories including hats, shoes, gloves and jewellery alongside modern designer wear.
The vogue for vintage clothes attracts fashionistas, stylists, models, fashion students, collectors and costume designers for stage and film. Top designers and celebrities can often be spotted amongst the crowds searching for one-off fashion finds.
Frock Me!is the place to find clothes from every era, from 1920s ‘flapper’ style to Fifties glamour, eighties retro-chic or classic 1960s trends with prices ranging from one or two pounds up to several hundred.
Fans of burlesque can pick up gorgeous basques, corsets, fans, feather boas and original 50s seamed stockings!
Frock Me!is designed to capitalise on the growing popularity of vintage clothing fairs, recently described by The Sunday Times Style magazine as: ‘The place to pick up something old and stylish’. Join style setters Kylie Minogue, Laura Bailey and Kate Moss and step into vintage glamour!