Natalie Ross is a vintage singer and recently turned dressmaker with the launch of ‘Just Wiggle’ her own 1940s inspired wiggle dress brand. Having been an active member in the UK’s vintage scene for many years she moved to Barcelona at the beginning of August 2014 and has taken her obsession with the late 40s and early 50s style with her. Who better to ask about vintage life and fashions abroad than Natalie Ross? After all, I’ve always been envious of her style.
How has Barcelona been so far?
I love the change in pace, the climate and the people are very friendly. I am learning Spanish, which I’m really enjoying. Also I have a residency, performing every Sunday in a bar in Gracia, an area known for its art, fashion and music so I’m very happy with the move so far.
You’ve kept your vintage style despite moving abroad, can you describe what appeals most about your favoured decades?
Mainly the wiggle dress, although I fell in love with the 40s suit jackets and skirts first. The shape of the wiggle dress is one of the most flattering designs I have come across and I absolutely love wearing it. It makes me feel confident and sexy. I am very petite and curvy and I find the length of the wiggle dress and the figure-hugging design highlights my curves in a positive way, giving me the classic hourglass silhouette. I make most of my own clothes so I love to experiment.
Are there any style icons you base your look on?
I love all the glamorous actresses from the Hollywood movies, especially Rita Hayworth and Marilyn Monroe, but I also admire Dita Von Tease and Gwen Stefani.