Oasis, a British high street chain store, a few years ago came up with the idea of taking vintage gowns, pieces that their designers found in flea markets in Paris or vintage stores in New York and reproducing them with modern materials. The concept of this Oasis Vintage is that you can buy vintage design but have all the modern comfort of choosing sizes and having that ‘new garment’ feel. Now, I really shouldn’t be condoning such a concept seeing as I’m very staunchly into real vintage clothes but I can concede that some people have a problem with vintage because of it’s old lady/musty associations. Of course, some people just don’t like wearing things that have been worn before so this range is perfect for them. Plus, from the look of the website, it doesn’t look like a cheap attempt to cash in on the ‘vintage’ trend as each original inspiration garment is hand-sourced and the collection is very small – the descriptions with each garment makes them all the more enticing. Either way, it’s something to look out for in the summer sales (Oasis sale starts mid-July) and a possibility for people wanting to dip their toes in the vintage pool.
Freya Lace Tulip Dress £130 – Based out on a 1960’s couture-style tulip dress made of heavy cotton lace from a vintage store in Milan.
Lily Silk Dress £100 – An updated design of a dress found in a London vintage store that has lingerie styling.
Chintz Wool Jacket £95, Chints Wool Trousers £65 – A reworked version of the 1970’s ‘le smoking’ tux suit that’s very slim fitting.
Crochet Babydoll Dress £70 – Directly copied from a 1960’s thick crochet minidress found in New York.