Taking the Vintage Train at Chamartín
Madrid's vintage fashion fair
Traveling back in time and changing the future is only possible in science fiction and it’s probably better this way. But time travel is just what I did some weeks ago when I went back from 2012 to … oh wait, 2012. No, I didn’t enter the wrong dates in my time machine but I did pay a visit to the Feria Moda Vintage at Chamartín in Madrid.Spain has a great history of modistas, and so you might expect to find one-of-a-kind treasures like a dress made out of pearls or a head-to-toe leopard fur coat at a vintage fashion fair such as this one.
Embroidered jackets that must have been taken many hours of precise work and a nice collection of unique handbags were some of my favorite pieces on display. Handbags especially are a personal favorite of mine to buy and so I got myself a silver evening bag.
Wandering through the fair, I came upon a woman selling vintage-inspired hats and morning gowns from Andalucia. I was curious and asked her if people today still wear them. She seemed a bit offended by my question but assured me that they are still commonly worn, especially by novias. This was an interesting fact about Spanish fashion which surprised me because I thought that wearing elegant day clothes at home was a lost tradition.
At the end of my tour, I came upon a stand that represented my personal taste: Valentino, Armani, Dolce&Gabbana and Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche. What’s a vintage fashion fair without a few famous designers? It wasn’t easy to control myself here but I saved myself a huge amount of money by passing on a pair of fantastic pants for 300€.
For fashion aficionados, the pieces from Pedro Rodriguez were probably the most interesting part of the fair. Other lovers of vintage surely enjoyed going through the wide selection of different clothes from different epochs of Spain’s history.
But overall, I was a bit disappointed about how small the fair was after the vintage furniture fair a couple of weeks before. What they had was interesting, but I expected more and a better presentation in total. Nevertheless, I will be heading to the next fair in March (from the 7th until the 10th) as I’m always excited about what I might find.
Did you like the fair or did you expect more too? What did you get for yourself and would you come back next time?
About Martha Lasia
I moved to Madrid in 2010 to work at the Universidad Autonóma. Since then I started to discover the Spanish capital, taught myself Spanish and started my blog, Madrilicious, where I do Street Style Photography and give tips on Madrid and travelling. Since September 2012 I am happy to belong to the team of ¡Vaya Madrid! where I write about Style, Fashion and related subjects.