Welcome to my cutesy go-go world. I've "hummed and hawed" about starting a blog forever and I'm finally taking the plunge!! I'm not particularly tech savvy but I am pretty particular, so finding a host site that was easy to use but still allowed me to have full control of the aesthetic and layout was definitely a challenge. Thankfully, a smart fella introduced me to Squarespace and with a few pointers....voila! Vertigo Go is born!
The short story of Nicole A Go Go (that's me!) is that I'm music & fashion nerd with a huge obsession for the sounds and sights of the 1960s. I can't fully explain why I love it as much as I do but nothing makes me feel quite as giddy as a gorgeous mod dress, a funky mid century furniture piece, or that perfect fuzzy/soulful/jazzy/rock song. Even as a kid I remember losing my head over these things. If former lives are a thing, it's highly likely that I was once a cat that belonged to a London based go-go dancer circa 1967.
I do my best to dress in this style everyday right down to the hair and make up but cultivating my wardrobe was, and continues to be, a challenge. I often struggled to find quality vintage frocks or chain store fashions that fit the part. Over the years I've found some great sources but it still didn't cover everything. I have lots of amazing sixties dresses and a few coats but good separates are so hard to come by. Especially ones suitable for Canada's harsh winter! Shortly after high school I started to kick around the idea of designing my own clothes. I took up sewing and put together a small little portfolio of sketches and sewing projects and used these projects to secure my spot at Blanche MacDonald in Vancouver, Canada for their fashion design program.
A few years after graduating I finally feel like I'm getting somewhere with my designs and ideas, and I want to share and document this progress.
In the last year I've felt so inspired by the people in my life to be more creative and more honest about who I am. I have an amazing group of friends that do wonderfully artistic things and each one of them has played a role in lighting my creative fire. In particular, my boyfriend has been an incredible supporter of my arts. I often felt overwhelmed by the volume of my ideas, and by the massive stash of fabric I've collected over the years but he helped me to simplify and prioritize all of these projects. I now have a business plan underway, I've been sketching more, I've made way more sewing and design projects in the past few months than I've made in all the years prior, and I now have this website! Slowly but surely my dream of having a vintage inspired clothing line is becoming a reality!
I'm very excited about what this year has to offer. Stay tuned to this spot for fun projects and the many things that inspire them!
- Nicole A Go Go