Eccentric Vintage hoarder Carmel Bullivant is throwing open the doors of her incredible vintage clothing archive in Queensland after years of collecting.Her incredible collection of over 2000 pieces overflows in endless rooms at her QLD home and for the first time ever she is giving everyone a chance to hunt through for treasure!
A vintage intervention her daughter is what sparked this once-in-a-lifetime sale which has led to allowing the rest of Australia’s to buy a piece of history, ranging from 1920’s racing outfits to vintage lingerie and bathing suits. Pieces from her archives have graced the covers of iconic magazines, music videos for Silver Chair and Eskimo Joe and celebrities including Megan Washington, on the rare occasion she has loaned these rare items to stylists.
The Bullivant Collection will be on sale on 25th and 26th October 2013 at Building 7, The RNA Show grounds Brisbane.
Where did your love of vintage begin?
My true appreciation of vintage began when i opened my 50″s themed restaurant, The Fishbowl. I bought the first dresses for the staff and myself to wear and for our daily fashion parades. then I just couldn’t stop buying.
What is your earliest fashion memory?
When I was 8 I put a 50’s petticoat on my head and ran around the yard pretending I was Princess LaLa.
Who or what inspires you?
People who think outside the square, my friends and family.
What do you look for when buying vintage pieces?
I used to look for anything with attention to detail, clothes that told a story of the era, unusual fabrics and I’m obsessed with buttons.
Exactly how big is your collection?
Over 2000 pieces ranging from 1940’s-70’s with the focus on 50’s & 60’s.
What inspired you to sell off your collection?
My grandson visiting one day and calling me a hoarder. time to pass on the baton!
How would you describe your personal style?
Anything with maps on it. I like to mix high end fashion with iconic prints.
Biggest style inspiration?
Lastly, if you could have breakfast with anyone alive or dead, who would it be and why?
Breakfast on the Titanic with Clive Palmer because I love a tourist destination.