Monday, 2 July 2012

The Goodness of Rachel Goodchild!

We've been very remiss in that we haven't yet sung the praises of our blog designer, the absolutely amazing Rachel Goodchild, so we're going to make up for that now by telling you all about this fabulous lady!

When we first approached Rachel, instead of laughing us out of the room, she was full of encouragement and incredible ideas.  Rachel has an amazing eye and, having chatted to us, went away and came back with the fabulous design you're now looking at.  She has endless enthusiasm and works tirelessly to make the blog the best it can possibly be, constantly coming up with ideas we hadn't thought of and firing us up to be ever more imaginative!

Not only is she the 'go to girl' if you want a blog designed, she can create bespoke wedding blogs and also designs the most gorgeous stationery. Her workshop is a dream with colour co-ordinated paper, pens, gift wrap, gift boxes and notebooks all immaculately displayed - we could spend hours there!  Her gift wrap designs have been featured in The Sunday Times Style Magazine, Homes and Antiques Magazine, and Country Living Magazine, The Telegraph, Country Homes and Interiors, as well as The Pattern Sourcebook by Drusilla Cole.

Rachel also writes a beautiful design blog featuring all the latest in design, as well as offering a very clever e-card service, which I find invaluable! On top of all this, Rachel runs the annual Christmas at the Orangery Fair, which is a Bristol tradition - is there no end to this lady's creativity? Speaking of which, she is married to William Goodchild, the talented musician/composer, whose music is featured on our teaser video.

Working with Rachel is an absolute pleasure - You get a clear sense of her intelligence when you share your ideas and she just 'gets it', runs with it and takes you to another level. But she's also great fun and this shines through in her work. We are so grateful to her for making the blog happen and we're thrilled that she'll be joining us with a stand at the event where you can buy some of her beautiful goods, which will make perfect Christmas presents.

Rachel's website, HERE.
Rachel's Design Portfolio of Projects, HERE.
Rachel's Design Blog, HERE.

Have you heard?

the cat's meow emporium and kabaret
(Cat`s Meow - 1920s slang for someone or something wonderful or remarkable.)

The Cat`s Meow Emporium and Kabaret is the first major Bristol event to be organized by Jezebel Events. It will be held at the historic Passenger Shed at Brunel`s Old Station, Bristol on 17th November 2012 from 12 midday with doors closing at 12 midnight, and is a celebration of the 1920s/Prohibition era via music, performance, art, fashion, food and shopping.

We’ve been lucky enough to work with some amazing people on the event and the result will be a spectacular feast for all the senses!

Once inside the building, you will be swept back to the Roaring Twenties with vintage music and a shopping ‘village’ selling clothes, period home ware and unique Christmas presents. Or you could have a 20’s makeover, lounge in the Opium Den chill-out area or join in with the tea dance. We encourage everyone to dress 20’s or 30’s style or just come as you are and soak up the atmosphere.

There will be live performances throughout the day, which will become more exotic as the night draws in.

Attractions will include the Black Cat Café and the Prohibition Bar, the vintage Shopping Emporium; Shangahi Sam’s Opium Den; a Photo Booth, a hair & make-up Boudoir; live performances and lots of exciting surprises.

The Black Cat Café, serving luscious afternoon tea and cake will host a tea dance during the afternoon, with vintage music and lessons in Charleston & other period dances. In the evening the Café will transform into The Black Cat Cocktail Bar – elegant, sophisticated and glamorous.

The Prohibition Bar will be serving forbidden hooch and ales under cover from the beat police.

Shanghai Sam`s Opium Den will provide an area where you can take the weight off your feet kick off your shoes and rest while watching your favourite silent movies.

You may want to visit The Boudoir to have your hair and makeup done 1920s style and emerge as a Hollywood star for the evening’s entertainment. Or try out the photo booth for some alternative images for your Christmas cards this year.

The Emporium will kick start your Christmas shopping and all purchases can be stored in the cloakroom until the end of the event. Take the opportunity to buy something chic and unique for that special someone, or a few unusual stocking fillers, or even an outfit to change into for the evening.

The afternoon will appeal to families too and we will provide crèche facilities so you can enjoy your shopping while your children play. There will be a few surprises for children but these will be TOP SECRET until the actual day. Children are welcome at the event until 6pm, after which the evening becomes more risqué.

The Cat’s Meow Emporium & Kabaret will appeal to all age groups from the very young to those with experience of the original tea dances and we hope to be able to offer some exciting hotel deals for anyone wanting to make a weekend of it!

We’ll be posting up more details very soon so do watch this space!

Sunday, 1 July 2012

the london chinatown dolls

We’re delighted that The London Chinatown Dolls will be performing for us!  Led by American-born Miss Amelia Kallman and her partner, Bristol’s own Norman Gosney, the Dolls make magic on a nightly basis and on November 17th, they’ll be producing that magic in Bristol.

Miss Amelia is a talented performer, writer, and director and in 2004, she and Norman Gosney (an acclaimed nightspot designer and producer of nouveau cabaret burlesque events) opened a notorious and now legendary speakeasy, dazzling an exclusive, bohemian and celebrity cliental with such shows as ‘Guilty Pleasures’ and ‘The Blushing Diamond Revue.’ In 2007 they moved to Shanghai, China where they opened the first burlesque nightclub in Asia, the award winning ‘Gosney & Kallman’s CHINATOWN.’ They led their talented ensemble troupe, performing shows in Hong Kong, Borneo and Malaysia (the first show of it’s kind in a Muslim country).  Miss Amelia’s memoir on their Asian adventure, titled ‘Diary of a Shanghai Showgirl’ is due for publication in Spring 2013.

What can you expect on the night?  Well Miss Amelia is an acclaimed showgirl comedian who’ll be leading The London Chinatown Dolls, the chorus line regularly featured in their new groundbreaking London show, “When Worlds Collide”.  There’ll be four big production numbers across the evening, including a performance of a brand new 1920s number, specifically made for this event!  All the costumes are specially designed and made by Miss Amelia herself and joining her on stage, on the night, will be Miss Miranda, Kitten von Strumpet, Hotcake Kitty and Emerald Fontaine.  

We can’t wait to see them perform and we’re thrilled that they’re bringing their skills and love of nightlife entertainment to Bristol. Till then, you can find out more on their website, follow Miss Amelia on Twitter and check out a review or two, to whet your appetite:

Twitter: @AmeliaKallman
chinatown dolls tumblr page: here
chinatown dolls facebook page: here


Tamara de Lempicka  was born in Warsaw to a wealthy and prominent family . . She attended boarding school in Lausanne, Switzerland, and spent the winter of 1911 with her grandmother in Italy and on the French Riviera, where she was treated to her first taste of the Great Masters of Italian painting.
She had to flee Russia during the revolution and finally settled in Paris. During the Roaring 20s Paris, Tamara de Lempicka was part of the bohemian life: she knew Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau, and André Gide. Famous for her libido, she was bisexual, and her affairs with both men and women were carried out in ways that were scandalous at the time.
Her distinctive and bold artistic style developed quickly (influenced by "soft cubism" and by "synthetic cubism") and epitomized the cool yet sensual side of the Art Deco movement


George Barbier was one of the great French illustrators of the early 20th century. Born in Nantes, France on October 10, 1882, Barbier was 29 years old when he mounted his first exhibition in 1911 and was subsequently swept to the forefront of his profession with commissions to design theatre and ballet costumes, to illustrate books, and to produce haute couture fashion illustrations.. In the mid 1920s he worked with Erté to design sets and costumes for the Folies Bergère.



Erté Romain de Tirtoff was a Russian-born French artist and designer known by the pseudonym Erté, the French pronunciation of his initials, R.T. He was a diversely talented 20th-century artist and designer who flourished in an array of fields, including fashion, jewellery, graphic arts, costume and set design for film, theatre, and opera, and interior decor.
Erte designed over 200 covers for Harper's Bazaar but he is perhaps most famous for his elegant fashion designs which capture the art deco period in which he worked.



Pierre Brissaud was a French Art Deco illustrator, painter, and engraver. He was born in Paris and trained at the École des Beaux-Arts and Atelier Fernand  Cormon in Montmartre, Paris.
Brissaud is known for his pochoir (stencil) prints for the fashion magazine Gazette du Bon Ton published by Lucien Vogel, Paris. Many of his illustrations are realistic leisure scenes of the well-to-do.




The Charleston is a dance named for the harbor city of Charleston, South Carolina. Developed by Kathryn Wilson, the Charleston became a popular dance craze in the wider international community during the 1920s. Despite its origins, the Charleston is most frequently associated with white flappers and the speakeasy. Here, these young women would dance alone or together as a way of mocking the "drys," or citizens who supported the Prohibition amendment, as the Charleston was then considered quite immoral and provocative.


Black Bottom refers to a dance which became popular in the 1920s, during the period known as the Flapper era. The dance originated in New Orleans in the 1900s (decade). The theatrical show Dinah brought the Black Bottom dance to New York in 1924, and the George White's Scandals featured it at the Apollo Theater in Harlem 1926 through to 1927. The dance became a sensation and ended up overtaking the popularity of the Charleston, eventually becoming the number one social dance.

The Shim Sham Shimmy, Shim Sham or just Sham originally is a particular tap dance routine. The Shim Shim is 10 phrases of choreography (each phrase lasting four 8-counts).
In the late 1920s and the 1930s, at the end of many performances, all of the musicians, singers, and dancers would get together on stage and do one last routine: the Shim Sham Shimmy. Tap dancers would perform technical variations, while singers and musicians would shuffle along as they were able.

The Ziegfeld Follies were a series of elaborate theatrical productions on Broadway in New York City from 1907 through 1931. The Follies were lavish revues, something between later Broadway shows and a more elaborate high class Vaudeville variety show. Inspired by the Folies Bergeres of Paris, the Ziegfld Follies were conceived by Florenz Ziegfeld.


Cosmetics in the 1920s were characterised by their use to create a specific look: lips painted in the shape of a Cupid's bow, kohl-rimmed eyes, and bright cheeks brushed with bright red blush
The heavily made-up look of the 1920s was a reaction to the demure, feminine Gibson girl of the pre-war period

In the 1920s, an international beauty culture was forged, and society increasingly focused on novelty and change. Fashion trends influenced theatre films, literature, and art. 

Women also found a new need to wear more make-up. A skewed postwar gender ratio created a new emphasis on sexual beauty. Additionally, as women began to enter the professional world, publications such as the French Beauty Industry encouraged women to wear makeup so as to look their best while competing with men for employment.

the bob

A "bob cut" is a short haircut for women in which the hair is typically cut straight around the head at about jaw-level, often with a fringe at the front. Traditionally women in the west had worn their hair long and short hair was not considered respectable. An exception was Lady Diana Cooper an aristocratic socialite who had always worn her hair short.

Lady Diana Cooper, Viscountess Norwich

After working as a nurse during the war and working as editor of the magazine Femina, she wrote a column in the Beaverbrook newspapers before turning to the stage and latterly silent films. 

The First World War was a major factor as women who were engaged in war work found long hair an inconvenience. Renowned dancer and fashion trendsetter Irene Castle introduced the bob to an American audience in 1915 calling it “the castle bob”.

The hairstyle was further popularised by film stars Colleen Moore and Louise Brooks in the early 1920s, it was then seen as a somewhat shocking statement of independence in young women.

Hairdressers, whose training was mainly in arranging and curling long hair, were slow to realise that short styles for women had arrived to stay, and so barbers in many cities found lines of women outside their shops, waiting to be shorn of hair that had taken many years to grow.