For those lucky enough to be heading to the south coast this weekend, The Goodwood Revival, a celebration of all things vintage, should be top of their things to do list. It's more than just a day out. You'll find an event that steps back in time, to a period of vintage motorsport and supercars where their classic style and pure speed meet. Come prepared though, many guests will be dressed in period clothing that harks back to 1948-1966. While this is not obligatory, this attention to detail is a big part of what makes the Goodwood Revival so celebrated and unique.
As one of the world's most famous motor racing circuits and a mecca for all things vintage in Britain, it's more than just a show. It's an immersive experience that catapults you stylishly into the postwar aesthetic like nothing else. The Revival itself celebrates the golden era of the Goodwood's circuit, to a time before the modern era where now cars are too fast for this historical circuit.
Goodwood Revival began as a homage to a bygone era with just 300 or so actors donning vintage attire. Yet now, 19 years later, its spirit is well and truly alive. Over 140,000 guests will descend on the Goodwood Estate over the weekend, and you'll see the majority embracing the spirit of unique post-war era vintage. The grandstands will be brimming with 1940s, 1950s and 1960s attire, with the attention to detail of the costumes revving up fans and admirers alike.
Getting the dress code right is important. Firstly, your outfit must be quintessentially British. There's a purist's attitude, but that's what make's Goodwood so memorable. You'll see 40s fashion themes throughout. Born out of a postwar era of widespread rationing, the detail and flair came despite the scarcity of new materials. Firm tucks and folds made for well-tailored and detailed suits for the men, contrasting the women's simple tea dresses, that were never full length, because of short supply of cloth.
The 50s saw the end of rationing and an explosion of colour and innovative fashion began on the road towards real extravagance. While never provocative, the decade saw floral patterns, polka dot dresses, soft feminine touches, shawls, knitwear and a huge move away from simplistic block colours.
By contrast, the 1960s was captured by new styles, encapsulated by the youth and freedom of the decade. Think brighter colours, shorter styles and high heeled boots, with Twiggy's style still popping up on high streets today. It was a trendsetting era with a long-standing impact on fashion.
If you're prepared to put your style to the test, at 3pm every day, the Revival panel will be judging the finest outfits and collaborations.
A true piece of British heritage brought to life, The Goodwood Revival runs from 8-10 September. Experience and explore this rose-tinted extravaganza, its grandstands and joyous crowds are a pleasure to behold and a must for the fashion conscious that love to life in the fast lane.
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