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BNE May/June 2015 |


so far. “Looks perfectly vintage but feels like brand new couture”,

raved her very first customer on

. Her reach is global and

now half her clientele are shopping from centres such as London,

Germany and the US.

Wood is, after all, her own best advertisement. She wears her own

label most of the time, interspersed with vintage finds or new items

that are thrifted. “It’s rare that I go into a store to buy a new outfit,”

she says. She is also photographed wearing her designs, as she is on

these pages, for her website.

For Wood, as it is for many of her clients, vintage is more than just

a look, it’s a reflection of her personality and a way of life. The pull of

the op shop, vintage fair or out-of-the-way antique burrow draws her

in every time. “It’s the treasure hunt that I love, the dirtier the corner

the better, and if I see an op shop sign I have to stop immediately,” she

says, her eyes sparkling as she describes her latest surprise find at her

local weekend market.

Fashion by Evelyn Wood. To buy see

Main picture, opposite: Blue Darla

dress, from $340. This page, top to

bottom: Darla spot dress, from $330;

Mabel polkadot dress from $265

with short Marlene cape from $220;

Lucille red velvet dress from $298 with

Marlene long cape from $260.