Review: The Vintage Fashion Bible by Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway


If you’re as interested in 20th Century fashion as we are, you’ll find plenty to entertain and inform you in the latest book from vintage gurus Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway: The Vintage Fashion Bible.

It’s impossible to be involved in the vintage scene without acknowledging the Hemingway’s influence. From their early days selling vintage clothes on Camden Market, through the iconic vintage-inspired fashions of Red or Dead, to their present position as leading figures in the vintage world, Wayne and Gerardine have led the way.


It’s safe to assume, then, that they know what they are talking about when it comes to fashion history, and this new book is a superb primer for anyone interested in the essential looks of the 20th Century – and how to get them. It’s a fascinating history of fashion, explaining the social reasons behind design and style choices, all lavishly illustrated with images from the Hemingways’ own archive – The Land of Lost Content. It’s a beautiful book to browse through, and although it doesn’t pretend to delve too deeply into its subject, it’s more authoritative than many similar books on the market. Plus, if you’re as interested in wearing vintage fashion as you are in reading about it, the book is full of excellent styling tips from professional make-up artist Hannah Wing.

It’s an inspiring, well-designed and practical book and a must-have for the vintage-lover’s bookshelf.

The Vintage Fashion Bible by Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway is published by David & Charles. Available from all good bookshops as well as from

Review by Alex of Snygg