Photography: Hannah Mae Clark shot on digital and 35mm
As far as vintage dresses go, this is definitely ‘the one’ for me. It was love at first sight, pure silk with the billowy sleeves and golden rusty accents that are the colour of falling leaves, I knew I couldn’t let this one go.
I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while about inspiration. About being inspired, and the fine line between inspired to create something original and authentic, and outright copying, which unfortunately I have seen over the years since I started Waiste Vintage, and something I have noticed a lot of recently. I strive with my vintage business (and my blog) to create authentic original imagery and I am constantly sourcing one-off pieces. This isn’t just a 9-5 for me this is pretty much a 24hr 7 days a week, I love my business and I am so proud of everything I have achieved. I’m not sure people realise just how much goes into it. Although it is flattering to see and hear people being inspired by this to be creative themselves, it is quite another to be directly copied at every move. For me personally, I just don’t understand copycats. Why carbon copy someones success when you could be inspired to create something unique, original and different I just don’t get? To jump on a bandwagon when you could be striving to put something different and original out there instead just doesn’t sit right with me.
It is heartbreaking when something you love so much and put your heart and soul into is ripped off, it hurts, you feel like you’ve lost your identity somehow, you’re suddenly questioning everything and the two reasons you started something: to be original and to be the best out there. It feels like someone is like a shadow and you’re constantly looking over your shoulder. But what should you do? Confront the person involved? I hate confrontation. But then, it pushes me the other way, that’s why I felt like this needed to be said as I’m tired of it. It shakes me up and it makes me really want to push myself, to be even more creative, come up with more ideas, work with more creative people and carry on making my vintage business and blog the absolute best it can be, and something I can feel proud of that I have achieved. So I honestly urge you to be creative, be the best you can be, there’s nothing you can’t achieve if you work hard enough. But the most important of all, be an original, and never a copy.