Thursday, 1 January 2009
Hello! I'm Frances. I'm an editor and writer based in London. I love vintage style and retro fashion and design. I've been writing Last-Year Girl since 2009.
What topics do you write about?
Books, especially vintage fashion books. And fashion, especially vintage fashion.
I also write about stylish women, music, design, shops and my adventures in London and beyond.
What posts should I read first?
A few of my favourites are: Early 1940s Fashions in A Time To Be Born, The Life of a 1930s model in Clothes Pegs, Last-Year Girl: Peggy Moffitt, Street Corner Soul, Last-Year Reads: The Fashionable Mind and Last-Year Reads: Lilly Daché's Glamour Book.
How can I ask you a question?
You can follow me on Twitter @francesambler, or email me here.
Where else do you write?
I'm currently a contributing editor for the magazine The Simple Things. I write daily for Retro To Go. I was one of the writers on The Rough Guide To Vintage London (published May 2013). I wrote for, as well as editing for a year, Domestic Sluttery. I've also written for Sky Lifetime, Oh Comely, Metro, Mollie Makes, Boutique Hotels and Eurocheapo.com.
I also worked as a project editor at the V&A Museum for over ten years. I worked on books including Dior, Balenciaga, The A to Z of Style, British Design from 1948, (my personal favourite) Horrockses Fashions and many, many more. I have recently copyedited Vintage Fashion Complete for Thames & Hudson: out October 2014, and surely the definitive book for any vintage fashion lover.
What if I want more?
You can follow me on Instagram for pictures of (mainly) old books and travel adventures. I also write a second blog, Fancies, full of shiny new fashion and homewares. You can take a look at that here.
Thanks for reading!