In issue 5 of Glory Days Magazine I caught up with Marianne Niemelä from Tampere, Finland. Marianne is the epitome of Deco style from her perfect fiery finger waves down to her pretty vintage heels. A regular personal style contributor on the Fintage Network , Marianne regularly shares her daily and special occasion outfits alongside her fellow contributors for all to enjoy. As a qualified seamstress Marianne enjoys recreating vintage clothing inspired by her favorite eras and collecting beautiful vintage shoes.
Marianne could you please tell is what drew you to vintage and what particular era’s inspire your day to day wear?
My fascination in costume and fashion history, and longing for unique beauty and style has been very much present ever since I was a child, so my love for vintage seems only natural. I’m most inspired by the 1930’s, I find it the most flattering style on me and I just can’t get past how genius this era was in fashion history. Besides 30’s, I love the Edwardian era and 1920’s. I also like late Victorian fashion and sometimes I draw inspiration from early 1940’s and late 1950’s – early 1960’s.
There are now many great vintage networks internationally, how has the Fintage Association supported your vintage lifestyle?
- I didn’t really know anyone with similar interests before, but through Fintage I have met a great amount of vintage enthusiast – from Finland and all over the world. It is lovely to share your passion with others. Fintage Fashion Show is a project, where a few members of Fintage began posting an outfit every two weeks. It started with Sylvie’s amazing 365 Vintage Days, where she posted a new outfit every single day – for a year. After a year she wanted to continue, but not every day, so we decided to contribute as well. Fintage organizes events too. Currently there are two big vintage fairs held in Tampere, my hometown. These events are great for meeting people, having fun, shopping and soaking up the general atmosphere.
For our fashion and make up lovers, can you please explain your day to day beauty rituals?
- I have naturally almost straight hair. I love finger waves and set my signature look with pin curls and wave clips. My complexion is very pale so I do feel I need some colour on my face to complete the look. On a daily basis I put on some blush, lipstick, mascara and colour my eyebrows. For special events and nights out I might wear heavier make-up and darker colours.
You have a wonderful collection of Vintage clothing, where do you like to source your garments from?
- Most of them I find online, but I have to give credit for my friends too – I have bought, or received – some of my favorite things from people I know. I’m also a seamstress by education; I make, repair and customize a fair amount of my wardrobe. I don’t really buy much anything new nowadays, mostly vintage, antique or second hand. I find clothes, accessories, furniture and other necessities from flea markets and vintage/antique shops. To me it is not only a question of style, but a conscious choice and a statement against poor quality mass production and consumer frenzy.
And for fun…. Your hosting a lawn garden party, who are the 5 people (current or historic) you would invite?
I will stick to the theme here and host a utopian party, inviting some vintage loving bloggers from around the world, who have inspired me with their wonderful sense of style: Miriam from Miriams Kafferep, Jill from Tea with the Vintage Baroness, Lauren from Wearing History, Johanna Öst and The Bright Young Twins (maybe we could count them as one?). What an astonishing party it would be!