Student, 17, dresses as a suffragette and wears vintage clothing daily

Student, 17, who ‘lives in the past’ by dressing as a suffragette and a WWII soldier and only wears vintage clothes says she finds the present day ‘too boring’

  • Jude Kershaw, 17, from Pickering, North Yorkshire, wears vintage clothing daily
  • Student became obsessed with predecessors after attending a ‘war weekend’
  • She has since dressed as a suffragette and adapted to 20th century living 
  • The history lover says she finds the 21st century to ‘boring and normal’

A student who finds the 21st Century boring, has begun living in the past by wearing vintage clothes and even dressing like a suffragette.

Jude Kershaw, 17, from Pickering, North Yorkshire, who has become infatuated with dressing up like her predecessors, revealed her interest was sparked after attending a ‘war weekend’ in her hometown.

The history enthusiast gradually acquired a collection of vintage outfits from the 20th Century to wear every day.  

She would spend hours doing extra reading for her history class during her school years, due to her love of the topic, and to ensure that her outfits and lifestyle were accurate for the period she was ‘living in’. 

Jude Kershaw (pictured), 17, from Pickering, North Yorkshire, has curated a wardrobe of vintage outfit that she wears daily, including this suffragette costume

 The student (pictured as a newspaper boy when she was younger) became infatuated with dressing up like her predecessors after visiting a ‘war weekend’ in her hometown

Jude (pictured) who works in a vintage clothes shop, says her interest was sparked by her grandparents who would tell her interesting stories about the past

Jude who has now curated a wardrobe of periodic outfits, lives in a bedroom that’s ‘like a museum’ and even works at a vintage shop – making her one of Britain’s youngest people who ‘lives in the past’.

Jude said: ‘I’ve always been interested in history since I was growing up and it was my favourite subject at school, so I’ve always had quite a good knowledge on the periods I like.

‘My grandparents would always have really interesting stories to tell me, so that helped my intrigue with the 1900s.

‘When I got a bit older, I started going to car boot sales, vintage stores and antique fairs and would find myself steering clear of high street shops.

‘I have always found the 21st century rather boring and too normal for me. Living in the past makes it a lot more fun to get ready every day, and makes every outing more special.

‘It’s great to go through my wardrobe every day and pick out something to wear, knowing that no one else will be wearing the same clothes as you.

Jude (pictured in a vintage car when she was younger) found herself steering away of High Street shops in favour of car boot sales and vintage stores

The history enthusiast (dressed as an Allied soldier during World War II) argues the 21st century is too boring and normal for her 

Jude says she watches a lot of documentaries and reads about the past to ensure her outfits are accurate representations of the period 

‘But it is a lot of hard work – I watch a lot of documentaries and read a lot of books about the periods I dress in to make sure that I am as correct as can be.

‘Luckily I also put my knowledge to good use and teach primary schools about World War Two and the periods surrounding it.’

As a college student, Jude is studying photography with a focus on periodic images and even uses cameras from the 20th Century. She also has a part-time job working at her local vintage store.

She continued: ‘I knew that I wanted to spend my weekends working somewhere that I genuinely loved, so I started working at my local vintage store.

‘I would always shop there anyway and, as I had a lot of knowledge about the clothing periods, I thought it was the best way that I could express my knowledge and my passion whilst working.

The college student (pictured) says her part-time job working at her local vintage store allows her to be herself

Jude, pictured in her suffragette outfit, believes she’s helping to keep the memory of the women alive

Jude (pictured taking a selfie) revealed her inspiration comes from many people including Mrs Pankhurst and family friends

‘I help a lot of people find their own periodic outfits and explain how you can still switch between the eras – the elderly love me!

‘Being at work allows me to be myself – I get to style my hair and do my make-up in the old fashioned way as well as being able to wear my own clothes and not a uniform.’

The retail worked has outfits that allow her to embrace the suffragette movement within her 20th century wardrobe. 

She said: ‘I take inspiration from many people, from Mrs Pankhurst to family friends.

‘When I’m dressed as a suffragette I help remind the people in the street that these women existed.

‘Those women went though hell, we could never truly understand what they went though – but dressing up as one helps bring them back into the present.

The 17-year-old (pictured taking a selfie with a vintage camera) hopes to honour the suffragettes in the most respectful and informative way possible

Jude says that her bedroom is practically a ‘museum’, thanks to her collection of historical artifacts 

Jude (pictured holding one of her vintage paintings) revealed she’s open to dating in the present day, despite her love of the 1900s

‘I merely want to honour these women in the most respectful and informative way possible.’

Revealing that her olden days living doesn’t limit her love life, Jude explained that she would still date in the present day and even consider a Coldplay fan.   

She said: ‘Being a transgender teenager in the dating world is hard enough – but being a teenager who lives in the ‘olden days’ is even harder!

‘Just because I love history and living in the 1900s doesn’t mean I’m only attracted to George Harrison.

‘Just finding someone who’d love and support me is all I want – if he’d dance with me to my gramophone and take me to the seaside, even better!

‘But of course being a teenager in 2019, a boy who’d pay for my Netflix and likes Coldplay would do just as well!’

Jude (pictured) hopes to meet someone who loves and supports, as well as dances to her gramophone and enjoys the seaside

The 17-year-old (pictured) claims elderly people love her, and says she helps a lot of people to find their own period outfits

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