Freshly coiffed, we were free to explore the site! What I love so much about Goodwood Revival is that it’s such an immersive experience! The styling and attention to detail throughout the site is impeccable: the whole area is carefully set-dressed, with characters from roller-skating waitresses to village bobbies and World War 2 re-enactors helping to create a unique atmosphere. The set-dressing is as extensive as it is detailed, covering over 30 individual areas around the Motor Circuit, including Betty’s Salon, themed bars, Earl’s Court Motor Show, the vintage seaside, the pits, the Goodwood Fairground, and more. It’s also different every time, so even though I’ve attended several Revivals over the years there’s always something new to see and experience.
My dress was inspired by an early 1940s catalogue image - from when I came across the image, I resolved to recreate the amazing front drape with curved shirred panel at the hip - to which I added shirring on the sleeves, because there’s no such thing as too much shirring. I’m actually over the moon with how it turned out! I accessorised with turquoise and chocolate: an original vintage 1940s crochet purse (so unusual to find them in this rich chocolate brown colour, with amber lucite twist handles), vintage gloves, Clark’s shoes, and a 1940s style tilt topper I refashioned from a modern felt hat.
Outside the main event around the Goodwood Motor Circuit, the “Over the Road” section extends the fun with fairground, bars, roller rink and dozens of stalls stocking motoring memorabilia and vintage fashion.