I’m SO excited! I did any interview today with one of my all time favourite bloggers!! Sweden based illustrator, blogger, style inspiration Johanna Orst. I’ve been ‘following’ Johannas blog for a couple of years now and she’s been such a huge inspiration. Johanna’s boyfriend Hendrick is always photographing her style and vintage finds (you can see Johanna’s photostream here), admittedly buying most of her favourite vintage online I asked Johanna about her favourite places to buy vintage gems, her style and inspirations.
1. Which are your top 5 go-to places for vintage buys online?
The top one is definitely Etsy. The best place for finding vintage online and just so fun to browse around. I occasionally use Ebay and the Swedish equivalent Tradera, but the browsing experience is just nowhere near as good as on Etsy, and I don’t find good stuff as often there. I also prefer the fixed prices on Etsy to auctions. That’s pretty much it for actual vintage, but to make it five I’ll add my two favourite places for vintage reproduction underwear, What Katie Did and Secrets in Lace.
2. What was your most recent vintage purchase?
My most recent vintage purchase was three Film Review books from 1946, 1951 and 1953. I found them at a street flea market in Brighton. Clothing-wise my latest purchase was a great mexican inspired 40s or 50s two piece playsuit (pictures coming soon on my blog!) from Etsy.
I started my blog on Livejournal as a teen and in the beginning it was sort of like a boring journal and a place where I communicated with friends. Later I started using it mostly to show new art and photos or other “news” and eventually moved it to my own site. Lately I’ve started to show more stuff, like sharing my huge collection of vintage magazines and pictures of movie stars.
4. Who is your style icon?
I’m inspired by every bombshell and glamour girl from Jean Harlow to the super models of the 90s, but I guess it’s obvious that Marilyn Monroe has had the greatest influence on my style.
5.You are a very talented illustrator, what inspires your work the most?
Thank you! This is a very hard question to answer because it just everything. A mix of everything that has caught my interest up until the present. Some more direct inspirations for many of my pictures are folklore, fairytales and mythology, and pulp magazine covers.
I LOVE Johanna’s style! I hope you get chance to check out her work and fabulous BLOG.
(All pictures are via Johanna’s blog)
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