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What does MadGrá mean?

We do get asked where MadGrá came from and does it mean anything. Both being over thinkers, our vintage name needed to mean something and have a reasoning behind it. So when we were coming up with the name for our little vintage shop it had to be a metaphor, a simile, an answer, new, fun, old, serious, it had to be a lot of things but most of all it had to be us. If you didn't already know, we are Madeleine & Grace (Gránna to family), this is where we chose MAD & GRÁ from. But why? Being 2 very similar people with the same core values we have very different personalities, thoughts and tastes, which are what makes MadGrá...

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My Balenciaga Museum Visit

One fine Spring day, I took myself off on a bus trip along the coast of Spain, deep in the Basque country to a little fishing village. With one solitary building as my destination, the Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum. I had been aware of this museum for a few years, it was on my list of places I need to visit but never had the opportunity, so when I was only an hours drive away off I went. It did not disappoint. I had a bit of an adventure (read hardship and I nearly gave up) finding the bus to Getaria. Maybe I was expecting a big picture of haute couture dresses on the side of the bus with a big...

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My Oscar 2022 Predictions

It's award season and when I know that it should be all about who wins(!) for me it's about the clothes, the fashion, the style. Who Wore What. The day after the Oscars, I greedily click and swipe through hundreds of images, looking at the dresses (no interest in the tuxedos), how they are styled, the hair, the shoes, the pose. After the last 2 years, this years Oscar is even more exciting. So I've decided to set myself a little challenge, can I predict an Oscar outfit? Can I pick a vintage dress fit for the most prestigious award ceremony of the year? Let's find out. Using the Thames & Hudson Catwalk books as my sources I've chosen 12 Haute Couture...

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All hail the Fresh Queen of Bel-Air

Now this is a story all about how...much a style queen Hilary Banks really was.  Would you cry if I told you The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was first aired 32 years ago this year? 32 YEARS AGO. And yes I can still recite the opening credits without missing a word, how is that when I can't remember a single Yeats or Kavanagh quote? But first before we get engrossed in the new reboot, Bel-Air, which looks a lot grittier and edgier than the original 1990s version, I'd like to take a minute, just sit right there, I'll tell you how Hillary Banks was the real queen of a town called Bel-Air. Even though I did appreciate Will Smith's flamboyant, vibrant wardrobe, I was drawn more to Ashley Banks...

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