Where can you find 20s clothes? Do you buy them in antique shops or somewhere else?
Lots of places :) online auctions, “real world” auctions, Etsy, online and bricks and mortar vintage shops, antique shops, vintage fairs, estate sales, op shops…always on the hunt! I’ve been given some lovely pieces, and built up good relations with dealers. I can write up my vintage hunting tips with some links, if anyone wants them?
You don't happen to have collected any menswear items or menswear accessories at least have you? I would love to see some of those kinds of artefacts from your era if they're in your collection!
I do have a few bits and pieces - some plus fours (for a very tall, very slim man!), a few tailcoats (they can be purchased absurdly cheaply and fit women well…I have one that still has its original 1927 tailoring slip) and some hats. I’ll see if I have photographs of any of them. My earliest piece is an 1820s tailcoat.
I always get a jealous when you post pictures of all your pretty dresses! I'm curious, have you ever worn them to parties and the like?
Hallo there! Yes, I do. If it’s a non-vintage gathering, I wear some of the sturdier ones like the velvets. I also let my sister wear a French beaded dance dress to a fundraiser. But if it’s a vintage event, I’ll go more top-to-toe…every year we go to Napier in New Zealand, and I’ll go through perhaps three changes of outfit in a day. I try to change often so I’m not wearing them too long, wear repro slips so my skin contact with the dress is minimised, and I “retire” them before they start to show signs of wear. I have some fabulous dresses I’d never wear, or never wear again, because I’d rather conserve them. No vigorous Charlestoning, either!
This latest acquisition is, aside from the damage to the chiffon under-dress bodice, in excellent condition and very strong…there’s some satin backing to the beading. It will definitely have at least one final party!