A college student who finds the 21st century boring has started living in the past by wearing vintage clothes and even dressing up like a suffragist.
Jude Kershaw, 17, from Pickering, North Yorkshire, who fell in love with dressing like his predecessors, revealed his interest was sparked after attending a ‘wartime weekend’ in his home town.
The history buff gradually acquired a collection of vintage 20th century outfits to wear every day.
She spent hours doing extra reading for her history class during her school years, due to her love of the subject, and to make sure her outfits and lifestyle were accurate for the time period in which she ” lived”.
Jude Kershaw (pictured), 17, from Pickering, North Yorkshire, has curated a wardrobe of vintage outfits she wears daily, including this suffragette costume
The student (pictured as a newspaper boy when she was younger) fell in love with dressing like her predecessors after visiting a ‘war weekend’ in her hometown
Jude (pictured) who works in a vintage clothing store, says his interest was sparked by his grandparents telling him interesting stories from the past
Jude, who has now curated a wardrobe of period outfits, lives in a bedroom that is ‘like a museum’ and even works in a vintage shop – making her one of Britain’s youngest who ‘lives in the past”.
Jude said: ‘I’ve always been interested in history since I was growing up and it was my favorite subject at school so I’ve always had a pretty good grasp of the time periods which I love.
“My grandparents always had really interesting stories to tell me, which helped my plot with the 1900s.
“When I grew up a bit, I started going to garage sales, vintage stores and antique fairs and found myself avoiding high street shops.
“I’ve always found the 21st century rather boring and too normal for me. Living in the past makes daily preparation much more fun and makes every ride more special.
“It’s great to go through my wardrobe every day and choose something to wear, knowing that no one else is going to wear the same clothes as you.”
Jude (pictured in a vintage car when she was younger) found herself shunning High Street shops in favor of car boot sales and vintage shops
The history buff (dressed as an Allied soldier in World War II) says the 21st century is too boring and normal for her
Jude says she watches a lot of documentaries and reads about the past to make sure her outfits are accurate representations of the period
“But it’s a lot of hard work – I watch a lot of documentaries and read a lot of books about the periods I dress up to make sure I look as correct as possible.
“Luckily, I also put my knowledge to good use and teach primary schools about World War II and the periods around it.”
As a student, Jude studies photography with a focus on periodic images and even uses 20th century cameras. She also has a part-time job at her local vintage store.
She continued, “I knew I wanted to spend my weekends working somewhere I really loved, so I started working at my local vintage store.
“Anyway, I would always buy there and since I had a lot of knowledge about periods of clothing, I thought it was the best way to express my knowledge and passion while working.
The student (pictured) says her part-time job at her local vintage store allows her to be herself
Jude, pictured in her suffragette outfit, believes she is helping to keep the memory of women alive
Jude (pictured taking a selfie) revealed his inspiration came from many people, including Ms Pankhurst and family friends
“I help a lot of people find their own period outfits and explain how you can still transition from era to era – old people love me!”
“Being at work allows me to be myself – I can do my hair and make-up the old-fashioned way and still be able to wear my own clothes and not a uniform.”
Retail worked outfits that allowed her to embrace the suffragette movement in her 20th century wardrobe.
She said: ‘I am inspired by many people, from Ms Pankhurst to family friends.
“When I’m dressed as a suffragette, I help remind passers-by that these women existed.
“These women went to hell, we never quite figured out what they did – but dressing the way we do helps bring them back to the present.”
The 17-year-old (pictured taking a selfie with a vintage camera) hopes to honor the suffragettes in the most respectful and informative way possible
Jude says his room is practically a “museum”, thanks to its collection of historical artifacts
Jude (pictured holding one of her vintage paintings) has revealed she is ready to date these days, despite her 1900s love
“I just want to honor these women in the most respectful and informative way possible.”
Revealing that her life of yesteryear does not limit her love life, Jude explained that she would still date her nowadays and even consider a fan of Coldplay.
She said: “Being a transgender teenager in the dating world is hard enough – but being a teenager living in ‘old times’ is even harder!”
“Just because I love history and live in the 1900s doesn’t mean I’m only drawn to George Harrison.
“Just finding someone who would love and support me is all I want – if they danced with me to my gramophone and took me to the seaside, that was even better!”
“But of course, being a teenager in 2019, a boy who would pay for my Netflix and love Coldplay would do just as well!”
Jude (pictured) hopes to meet someone who is loving and supportive, as well as dancing to his gramophone and enjoying the seaside
The 17-year-old (pictured) claims older people love her and says she helps a lot of people find their own period outfits