Afternoon tea vintage style

Tea House Theatre, Vauxhall Walk, Vauxhall

This blog is horribly delayed, mostly because we were waiting for the go ahead post publication which took an age coming through. The images were eventually printed online with a Canadian Magazine 180 which you can read here.

Now transport yourself back to January 2012…..

I spent Sunday and Monday this last week in London prepping for and working on a shoot with a brand new team. The venue was the Tea House Theatre in Vauxhall painstakingly restored and enthusiastically run by Harry and Grace Iggulden and a team of staff including their own chef.

This beautiful Victorian building boasts real fire places and wooden floors, serves afternoon tea in proper teapots with knitted cosies accompanied by vintage china and the best cake I have ever eaten.

The focus of the shoot was vintage meets modern. 1920s with a fashion editorial edge and an English tea theme. The team included photographer Dan Melgiovanni of Melgiovanni Photography and his assistant Vikki Ellis, makeup and additional styling by Nelson Catarino, hairstyling by Roberto Guerra and myself as stylist. The models were Laura Cherry and Victoria Emslie.

Cake to die for at The Tea House Theatre

This was my first London styling shoot and my first project of 2012. It’s quite a journey from Lincoln it has to be said – over 4 hours each way with a night’s stop over with an obliging friend. But the results are so worth it.

Whilst vintage is in my blood, fashion is the direction I want to take it in but where appropriate I try to merge the two. It makes for some interesting results and can take a shoot’s potential to its limits in the right hands.

The professional nature of the team entirely encapsulate what we were trying to achieve. I’ve included a few final images here, but there are more on the Facebook page. You know where to go!

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