An Introduction

I’m Joni and I’m new to the Monster Vintage blog. I’m Portland-born (though I spent some time on the East coast for a while). Most of my professional experience with apparel and fashion is with new, vintage-inspired rockabilly and pinup clothing– specifically ladies apparel and lingerie based on designs and patterns from the 50s and 60s.  I’m really excited to get the chance to explore and write about vintage clothing and retro styles– the real stuff that contemporary designers try so hard to emulate.

Most of my firsthand knowledge with retro fashion lies comes from the eighties, since I… you know… lived through them and all, and wore my fair share of Gunne Sax. Most of that stuff is coming back into style now, and I’m endlessly amused by my 14 year-old daughter and her friends’ efforts to create outfits that look like my junior high school yearbook (did you know the mullet is making its comeback?) My latest fling is with collecting t-shirts.  I also have a thing for pre-WWII Berlin fashion and art.

I look forward to sharing my thoughts and perspectives with you, dear readers! 🙂 Joni