About Miss Peelpants
Liz Eggleston – late 20th Century fashion specialist
Aspiring Roxy Girl, passionate second-hand clothing maven, perpetually doodling artist and illustrator, British Boutique Movement historian and all round geek.
I’ve always been inspired by the weirder, even seedier, aspects of popular culture, as well as art and history. I absorb myself in contemporary (to my beloved eras, that is) films, magazines, music… and am openly geeky about such things. I get grumpy when people say Mary Quant invented the mini skirt. I can spot an unlabelled Ossie Clark from twenty paces. I go to pieces when I meet designers nobody else recognises. I squeal like a girl when I see clothes I recognise in old films and magazines. I love to share information; share the pleasure all these things bring me. Consequently, I am pretty much a full time blogger these days. Although it doesn’t pay the bills, it does bring me a lot of pleasure and keeps the inspiration nice and fresh!
This passion for all things Sixties and Seventies means that I tend to specialize in this era, and more specifically British Boutique fashion. There’s nothing quite like owning your own little slice of history, and being a guardian for a modest collection of some extraordinary works of art. I have retained some pieces for myself which are representative of a designer or notable style, or perhaps I just fell in love.
Garments from my collection have been exhibited at The V&A (Sixties Fashion Exhibition, 2006-07), The Fashion Museum in Bath (John Bates: Fashion Designer, 2006), The Lightbox in Woking (Snap Crackle & Pop, 2011) and The Fashion and Textile Museum in Bermondsey (Foale and Tuffin, 2009-10). Ephemera from my private collection was used in Richard Lester’s book Boutique London (ACC) and a selection of magazines are currently being exhibited at Tate Liverpool‘s Glam! The Performance of Style exhibition (2013).
Despite this ‘specialization’, I am passionate about clothes from all eras and battle with sheer rarity to offer my customers some real gems. I also love the research aspect and you can often find the fruits of this on my blog.
As an illustrator, I am seeking to create beautiful images which are representative of different moods or eras and, quite frankly, pure, unadulterated glamour. Sometimes an image needs no explanation or justification beyond ‘it’s beautiful’. I am heavily inspired by the past, this is clear, but I try to create rather than duplicate. The images come from my imagination, as alternately bizarre and mundane as that can be – depending on your opinion. I can work to a ‘style’, but they will always be unique. And that’s something of a theme when it comes to Vintage-a-Peel…
Please do email me if you would like to know more.