Frock Me vintage fair was established in the late 1990's. It's the original London vintage fair and is held at Chelsea Old Town Hall (Please note in 2018 we will be holding the first three of our events at Kensington Town Hall whilst our usual venue undergoes a period of restoration). It was started by Matthew Adams, who has been running antiques fairs and markets in London for 37 years and continues to run the popular 'Horti fair'. Matthew studied Theatre & Costume Design at Central School of Art & Design in the 1970s and became an antiques and vintage dealer around 1980. He started London's first vintage fair coupled with a decorative arts event at Kensington Town Hall in 1997. This event became hugely popular amongst those seeking vintage fashion and due to it's success Matthew decided to start up a purely vintage fashion event and moved it to Chelsea Old Town Hall. (In 2018 we returned to Kensington Town Hall during a period of renovation works at Chelsea Old Town Hall but will be back at Chelsea from October 2018, for more details see our fairs schedule here.)
The current exhibitors come from across the UK and some come from France (Paris and Bordeaux) and at the moment we have over 60 exhibitors at each event. Many have formerly been costume designers for film and TV or have a background in fashion design. Each has their own specialism- for example fashion from the 1920’s; 1970's labels such as Ossie Clark and Biba; French textiles and popular vintage designer labels such as Chanel. Find out more about our stallholders here.
Check out our gallery here, all images taken at our past events.