Chantal Kelly was born Chantal Bassignani in Marseilles, in the south of France, on 8 April 1950. She had an interest in music from an early age and took singing lessons as a teenager. Her teacher was so impressed that in 1965 she sent a recording of Chantal's performances to the Philips label who promptly signed her up.
As well as being a fan of the 1960s, I also have a lot of love for the 1950s specifically, mid-century design and r&b music (and those Beatniks - great style). Which is why when I heard about the Britain in the Fifties exhibition at Compton Verney I just knew that I had to make a trip up there to visit it. I went the other week and decided to make a weekend of it, staying at a country hotel about a 15 minute drive away. It was really nice to get out of London and get some fresh air! I was a very bad blogger and neglected to get any pictures of myself (in my defence, you weren't allowed to take photo's in the exhibition) but have included photos below from the Compton Verney website.
If you've been reading my blog for a while now you will know that I'm a big fan of stripes. A pair of 1950s striped slacks has been on my vintage wish list for a while now and I have thought about making a pair but haven't found any fabric that I like yet, so when I saw these trousers on the Zara website I clicked 'add to basket' straight away!