ANOTHER TRUE VINTAGE MID-CENTURY BLOUSE FIND FROM NEW ZEALAND

IMG_1072     This one is made by Brooklin, the same maker of the mink-trimmed cocktail blouse that Stella modeled recently.  I love the way the hem is finished, and, though it’s hardly visible, the fabric is embossed with a crocodile pattern!

It’s so rare to find true vintage blouses in wearable condition that I just flip with happiness when I do.  This one is very versatile and a lovely, neutral mocha tone.

Doesn’t get much better  . . . . ..

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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TRUE VINTAGE 1950’S MINK-TRIMMED EVENING BLOUSE FROM NEW ZEALAND

IMG_1074     Stella rocks this wonderful find from my recent trip.  Can’t wait to wear it over a long black skirt or with black cigarette pants!

This was not a high-end item, in spite of the mink trim  – like so many lovely things from mid-century, the average woman was able to buy and wear it. It is open-weave in a glossy synthetic material, lined with black fabric.  The floral fantasy pattern reflects the colors of most, if not all, of the treasures I found in that country.  Stay tuned to see more . . . . .

It was made by a New Zealand clothing company back in the day.  I was told by other vintage experts there that New Zealand used to have a very excellent clothing industry which has, sadly, gone now.

But, so much more FUN for a modern sleuth . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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TRUE VINTAGE FASHION FINDS FROM NEW ZEALAND!! RARE MID-CENTURY BLOUSE

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I made several major discoveries when I was in New Zealand and several of them were blouses or shirts.  A VERY RARE thing to find these in great condition.

This one is a heavy, glossy synthtic material from the 1940’s – 1950’s in a gorgeous mocha color.  It has a finished hem with decorative slits – made to wear on the outside of a skirt.

I just love finding things of this age – you know me: I’m stuck on the beautiful classics, at least 50 years old and 70 is better!  Can’t wait to see what is hiding around the next corner . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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TRUE VINTAGE 1960’S SUMMER DRESS FROM NEW ZEALAND – LET’S STAY WARM!

TRUE VINTAGE 1960'S SUMMER DRESS FROM NEW ZEALAND – LET'S STAY WARM!.

ANOTHER TRUE VINTAGE MID-CENTURY BLOUSE FIND FROM NEW ZEALAND

ANOTHER TRUE VINTAGE MID-CENTURY BLOUSE FIND FROM NEW ZEALAND.

TRUE VINTAGE 1950’S MINK-TRIMMED EVENING BLOUSE FROM NEW ZEALAND

TRUE VINTAGE 1950'S MINK-TRIMMED EVENING BLOUSE FROM NEW ZEALAND.

WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT TRUE VINTAGE FASHION IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT TRUE VINTAGE FASHION IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND.

WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT TRUE VINTAGE FASHION IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

file0001209214386  ebook cover #1 (1)     Well, the Australia – New Zealand adventure and sleuthing assignment is over.  I’m coming home with a boot-full of loot and some interesting information about where to search and what you might find Down Under.

I must admit that I didn’t make an exhaustive search, and just shopped as a busy vacationer might do.  BUT, I found wonderful items and learned some things about the former fashion industry in these two beautiful countries.  As similar as our countries are, it was fun to discover the style and sizing differences that were unique here.

As small as the populations of these nations are compared to that of the U.S., both had some thriving clothing and fabric manufacturing businesses and industries back in the day.  A few of them continue but many are gone for good.  However, if you scout around you’re likely to uncover true vintage examples of locally-made garments and accessory items.  Of course, the whole gamut of treasure includes things that were brought over from England and other countries, too.

There are many privately-owned shops which carry great finds.  I visited a few that I’d researched before and found at least a couple more to include in my book.  There are also a ton of familiar op-shops like Salvos (Salvation Army), Vinnies (St. Vincent de Paul) and many more which are dedicated to various charitable organizations.  Even with limited time and transportation, it’s not hard to locate quite a few.

Accessories of many kinds (hats, handbags, jewelry), dresses, blouses, coats, lingerie, sleepwear, sweaters, shoes – all were seen.  One thing I was told that you won’t find much of are woolens, but I disproved that assumption at least 4 times.

So, for many reasons Australia and New Zealand are highly-recommended countries.  I loved it there and can’t say enough good about the wonderful people, fabulous wildlife and beautiful scenery.  And, for lovers of the vintage clothing hunt it just goes to show what I always say –

You just never know . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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