Hardly a day goes by without one of Elaine Duffy’s many customers at Marks & Spencer congratulating her.
Elaine, (39), is from the Waterside and is popular with both staff and shoppers in the Mark’s and Spencers store in Crescent Link.
“It’s really nice when shoppers come up to congratulate me on reaching the final of Miss Vintage UK,” Elaine told the ‘Journal’ this week.
Earlier this month, Elaine found out she had been selected by a judging panel to compete in the Miss Vintage UK final at the Twinwood Festival in Bedfordshire next month.
Elaine’s dream of competing in the final was made possible when hundreds of friends, family, work colleagues and customers logged on to Facebook to vote for her.
“It’s a dream come true for me. Vintage clothing and fashion is my life’s passion. I entered the competition last year but I didn’t have much luck. I didn’t really push it last year but this year I was very pro-active on Facebook and as a result I’ve reached the final,” she smiled.
The organisers of the competition have gifted Elaine with two complimentary tickets to the festival and a free weekend camping pass.
“I can’t wait to go to the festival. It’s going to be a lot of fun. I’ve seen a few of the other women who have reached the final - they are going to be very tough to beat but I will try my very best,” she said.
Elaine said Bluebird Millinery from Donegal and Gladrags and Handbags at Bedlam Market in Derry are both going to help her come up with ideas of what to wear at the final.
“I haven’t decided what I am wearing yet but I want the outfit and all of the accessories to be as authentic to the time as possible.
“Sara McNally from Bluebird Millinery makes the most amazing hats and some of the items that I have picked up from Gladrags and Handbags over the years have been amazing.”
Elaine has been obsessed with vintage clothing since she was a young girl. It’s become a life-long obsession and to say she takes pride in her appearance would be an understatement.
“I just love the way people used to dress back in the 1930s, 40s and 50s.
“I have a seven year-old daughter called Keyla. Keyla enjoys helping me pick out my clothes - I am not sure who enjoys it more, myself or Keyla,” she laughed.