Dylan Thomas gave his dying father a heartbreaking poem. John Lennon gave his Mum Julia a song. Architect Harry Seidler built his parents a house. The Historic Houses Trust looks after that house these days, and has preserved its pioneering mid-century designs as though the fifties never left. The original colours are on the wall and the Eames chairs sit around intact. Every year the Historic Houses Trust brings the fifties back extra strong for a day, with a Fifties Fair that celebrates the fashions, bands and vibe of the era, erring more on the side of the rockabilly than a Mad Men aesthetic.
This year's Fifties Fair offers to coif you up with a period hairstyle, the better to push into the Fair's best dressed competition, which Candice DeVille will judge before expounding on the history of the fashions themselves. Meanwhile, live music from Paulie Bignell and the Drey Rollan Band will entertain you between dips into the stalls of fifties swag, classic cars that will be on show and wide-eyed stolling through the house itself.
Image by Jody Pachniuk.