In the latest of our winner profiles, the glamorous and inspirational Miss Bamboo, aka Emma Edwards, talks to us about her inspirations, her love of vintage style and her future plans.
I have been into vintage style for around thirty years since being a teenager in the early 1980′s when I was influenced by both Mod and Rockabilly subcultures. I later discovered a love of the 1940′s and now the 40s/50s is a whole lifestyle choice for me including the music, dancing, house style as well as the clothing.
My alter ego/business, Miss Bamboo, reflects the styles I love and is based around the concept of the 40s/50s socialite and her voyage around the Pacific from America, down to Mexico, Hawaii, the Asia Pacific Coast and Japan. Think the golden age of travel, the glamour of cruising on the early ocean liners, exotic adventures, Pearl Harbour style… For me 1940′s- 1950′s American and Pacific styles are far more striking and glamorous than the British fashions of the time particularly as the WW2 and post WW2 era was so badly affected by rationing in Britain. The Miss Bamboo concept is more ‘vintage glamour without the rationing’ rather than ‘make do and mend’.
Before launching Miss Bamboo I was a youth social worker for twenty years working with teenagers with many social issues including homelessness, drug misuse and domestic violence. Due to massive cut backs in the public sector I was made redundant in 2011 which gave me the opportunity to take this new path. Miss Bamboo became a full time business and in the last 2 years I have also created my own clothing label, and launched my exclusive ‘Tiki Girl’ Bamboo bag. Miss Bamboo can also be found at various 40s/50s weekenders including Twinwood 40s weekend, Hemsby rock n roll weekend and Rockabilly Rave.
My plans for the coming year are to continue developing my own clothing ranges. My life/business partner ‘Big Bamboo’ will be joining me in the day to day running of the business which will give me more time for the creative side, exciting times ahead…