Fame and fashion shines on Sun Street

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A city centre street has stepped back in time to show how fashion has changed over the last 80 years.

The idea was to help raise the profile of a “hidden” quarter of Lancaster.

Specialist retro clothes shop, The Vintage Boudoir, run by Collette Corcoran and situated on Sun Street, headed up the idea.

They used some of the businesses to act as sets for the retro photoshoot spanning eight decades.

Helping out was award-winning photographer Gary Hill, of GDH Photography in Preston.

He was joined by model and student Jessica Askham, with help from Cumbrian make-up artist, Laura Wilkins.

Collette explained: “Sun Street is a gorgeous street, brimming with some of the best cafes and restaurants in town.”

“We tried to use as many of the business on Sun Street as we could to capture images of fashion from the 30s through to the present time.”

Images include Jessica in a 1940s tea dress pouring tea from the vintage china of the Sunbury Café on Sun Street.

She also had her hair set in rollers in a 1960s gown under the hair-drying hood of Kathy’s Salon.

Jessica was also captured relaxing on the Vintage Boudoir’s chaise lounge in a vintage slip and sparkling diamante.

The images included shoots at The Music Room, The Sun Hotel, The Sun Café, Bistro 26 and the street itself.

Photographer Gary Hill said: “We are really lucky to have Sun Street - it provides the perfect setting for a vintage fashion shoot.”

There are plans for the regeneration of Sun Street and as Colette says: “This should be a street that everyone visits when they come to Lancaster.

“It’s full of history, seeps elegance and emits a feeling of class.”

She added: “Myself and the other business owners on Sun Street have been looking at ways to raise the profile of the street and we are still shocked that most people do not know it even exists.”

Gary will exhibit his collection of photography in Lancaster and details will be given on both www.the-vintage-boudoir.co.uk and http://www.gdhphotography.co.uk. Sun Street is off China Street and Bridge Street and situated close to the Lancaster City Museum.