This week we have the pleasure to meet one of the queens of the vintage fashion panorama of the web: Vanessa Frankenstein is a make up artist and a professional model who loves vintage and works according to her personal, retro style. Red hair and fairy skin: looking pretty like Pamela Courson, with a glam elegance of Nicole Kidman, but she could be also a Prae-Raphaelitian heroine,and so on! Anyway Vanessa is unique, and we love her for the great eco-fashion sense that she has. Staying away from the fast fashion chains seems to be one of her beauty secret, and it works, so let's follow her! 

Hi Vanessa! Tell us something about you.

My name is Vanessa. I’m half German, half Spanish living in Germany and working as a make up artist and model in Europe. I worship nature and I’m a friend of animals everywhere. I believe in a simple life based on kindness and respect for everyone and everything. I love art (especially Pre-Raphaelite paintings), freshly made smoothies, the smell of patchouli, gemstones, vintage, vegan chocolate and everything Ron Weasley related I can add to my collection.

 - About your work as model and make-up artist...

I’ve been working in the fashion industry for quite a while now. It started with me winning a casting that got me on the cover of a German magazine many many moons ago. It went on from me doing “normal” commercial shootings to more and more shifting into the vintage and retro scene. That was mostly because I would never wear my hair in a modern way (speaking of bettie bangs and middy haircuts). I have never seen myself as a modern girl in terms of personal style and interest. That’s why I immediately felt that the vintage and retro scene is the place to work for me when I first started. Right now I’m very lucky that I’m able to solely work with brands and people who love vintage as much as I do. 

 What is your favourite fashion era and why you like vintage so much?

 I own pieces from the 1930’s on to the 1970’s and I love every single piece. I just realized I don’t share a lot pictures on my social media of me actually wearing my own clothes. It’s mostly pictures of me working which is kind of sad because I do have some pretty clothes myself. In my private life I usually wear late 60’s and early 70s, mostly long flowing dresses because they are great for summer and winter and because I love the hippie vibes. To me it’s just wonderful to buy clothes, accessories and furniture with history. I’m not a fan of the fashion industry today, speaking of fast fashion. The world consumes about 80 billion new pieces of fashion every year which is 400% more than just two decades ago. I mean it’s just crazy. By that we’re not only exploiting the people who make all these clothes for us but also the planet which is our home. It’s really time to step back and look around. Do we really need all these things? They will certainly not make us happy. This might sound pretty strange from a person working in the fashion industry but I’m really trying to mostly buy vintage, second hand or from brands who produce fair and consciously. I’m also very happy to be able to work with wonderful people like the lovely people from Top Vintage who produce their own clothing line Vintage Diva in Europe and beside that are currently building an orphanage in Kolkata, India. 

Your Favourite fashion icons… 

There are many women I look up to in terms of style but for me it’s always an overall package (obviously including hair and make up as well). Sharon Tate, Stevie Nicks, Marianne Faithful, Britt Ekland, Brigitte Bardot, Pattie Boyd and Catherine Deneuve to name some. A lot of my inspiration also comes from films like Practical Magic, Lolita, The Fearless Vampire Killers, Romeo and Juliet (1968) and Hammer Horror films. - The favourite vintage clothes and accessoires from your closet A long peacock print evening dress with huge shoulder pads from the 1940’s, a Penny Lane Coat from the 1970’s, a sheer Dolce & Gabbana style evening dress from the 1950’s and ditsy floral Laura Ashley prairie dress from the 70’s. I guess that’s a great mixture.

 Your last vintage purchase 

A white embroidered Juliet dress from the 70s. I’m a big fan of Shakespeare and dresses that make you look like an innocent maiden from past times. 

And the vintage pieces you are looking to buy for this season...

There’s not that one piece I’m looking for. Maybe a vegan Penny Lane coat and the usual… Gunne Sax prairie dresses are always interesting. There was that one dress I didn’t buy a year ago and it still haunts me. That’s the thing with vintage. If you love something and it is your size you better buy it. 

(Check the website of Vanessa: www.vanessafrankenstein.com)