About

Nicole collects, appraises, restores, curates, researches, writes and presents lectures about historical fashion and textiles.

Initially training in costume design and construction at Perth Technical College and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, she plied her trade in theatre, film and fashion before an unexpected decade in telecommunications and information technology.

Missing the touch of fabric, Nicole left software development to pursue a dream:   Circa Vintage Clothing offered two hundreds years of Australian fashion, dressing interesting and creative people, supplying performance costume and museum artefacts.

Somewhere along the way she found time to write two books – ‘Love Vintage‘, which won a bronze medal in the Independent Publisher awards (2010) and ‘Style is Eternal‘, newspaper and magazine articles (The Guardian and Vintage Made) and lots of blog posts about vintage fashion.

Focusing at last on education, Nicole returned to study and completed a short course on fashion curating at the V&A and is currently completing her Master’s degree in cultural heritage and museum studies at Deakin University. She wrote her thesis on the significance of a private costume collection.

Nicole is approved to value costume and textiles for the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts program and is represented by Booked Out speakers agency and Curtis Brown literary agents.

Nicole is available for events and projects – please get in touch. Thank you.