I received an email from a reader of this blog and sadly my reply bounced back......so I have decided to turn today's post into a question and answer:
Q I am going to a function and need a dress from 1900-1920's. I have looked everywhere in Christchurch, can you recommend any shops in Dunedin?
A. Thank you for you email. Here in Dunedin there is a delightful shop called Modern Miss in Moray Place which sells very good quality items. Although I have not purchased anything from there, I have called in a few times and it is a lovely shop. I have seen some very fine examples of clothing from around that time. I would also suggest looking at Shop on Carroll which is the Presbyterian Support Shop on Carroll Street. It has the "upmarket" vintage and retro items. Again I have been there quite a few times - looking for vintage sewing patterns!! but not actually bought anything to wear. Save Mart is in Stafford Street which is just around the corner from Carroll St and I get a lot of my "treasure" from there.
Another place worth thinking about is Oamaru - there is a clothing store in the historic precinct next to the textile museum (I can' t think of the name right now) and I have seen clothes of that era in there as well as boots, gloves hats etc. Because Oamaru has such a Victorian theme it seems to be a good shop to go to, I got some fabulous buttons there and also a sewing book.
Could I also suggest TradeMe?? I have seen quite a lot of art deco and similar age dresses - especially because of the art deco festival in Napier. I look in Art Deco and Retro Clothing section. Good Luck !