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Behind the Pages: Our Cover Girl Talks Vintage

March 26, 2012

Gillian Striker
Photo courtesy Paper Antler

Chances are, you’ve already seen Gillian Striker on the cover of this month’s BRAVA (and in our bridal feature). What you don’t know about the recent bride and graphic design student at Madison Area Technical College is that she also runs Oyster Vintage, an online vintage shop on With her vintage-inspired wedding-day ensemble and eclectic sensibilities, we asked her to take some time to talk vintage style with us.

How did you start selling vintage clothing?
I have always been a fan of Etsy, and found the online marketplace fascinating. I originally started by selling handmade stained glass pieces, but I found I wasn’t inherently enjoying the making process like I used to (growing up I learned the aft of stained glass and did it in middle and high school). So I stopped doing that.

When I really thought  it through, the things that I enjoyed browsing and purchasing online were vintage items. I have always had a vintage aesthetic I guess you could say, and I thought, why not give it a shot? And voila—here we are!

A sampling of merchandise from Oyster Vintage

What’s trendy in vintage right now?
What’s ‘hot’ in vintage is up to a person’s personal style aesthetic. [Vintage is] more trendy right now than it was say, five years ago. If I had to choose, I’d say popular culture sets the precedent for what era’s are ‘in’ moreso than the fashion world. The show “Mad Men,” for example, has made the 1950s and ’60s in vogue, with the pencil skirts and high waists. It makes me wonder if the new hit show “Boardwalk Empire” will have the same effect for the 1920s.

What’s the one piece from you closet you couldn’t live without?
Oooh, that’s a hard one! I’d say I have two depending on the season—either my rose print dress than I got at a vintage store in Paris, or my faux fur winter hat.

What style advice do you live by?
“Dress for the theatre of your life.” Lynn Dell – a fashionista of the Advanced Style Blog. 

“Tell me, what will you do with your one wild and precious life?” Mary Oliver.

These two [quotations] go hand in hand—you only get one life, so everyday is an excuse in itself to dress and be fabulous.

To see more of Striker’s feminine, eclectic style, visit Oyster Vintage.

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