The Rag Trade

Dress makers and clothing designers.

The Rag Trade

Dress makers and clothing designers.

The Rag Trade

Dress makers and clothing designers.

The Rag Trade

Dress makers and clothing designers.

The Rag Trade

Dress makers and clothing designers.

The Rag Trade

Dress makers and clothing designers.

The Rag Trade

Dress makers and clothing designers.

The Rag Trade

Dress makers and clothing designers.

The Rag Trade

Dress makers and clothing designers.

Mrs Isobell Steel, Clothing designer

Circa 1960s

Mrs Isobell Steel, a Christchurch clothing designer, in a workroom with fabrics planning a design of a new gown.

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Model wearing designs for Canterbury designer summer styles

9 September 1990

Model from Spotlight model agency posing in an outfit designed by Jane Wolt which was part of the Telethon parade of Canterbury designer summer styles. The design also made it to the finals of the Benson and Hedges awards.

Creator: Christchurch Star

Area: Central City / Central Christchurch - South

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Skellerup Clothing award winning parka coat

26 January 1970

Mr Don Mitchell, a sales representative for Skellerup Clothing and Rubber Ltd, modelling a parka which was the first item of clothing to win the NZ Industrial Design Council award. Stood next to Mitchell is the coat's designer, Mr Lawson Calvert.

Creator: Christchurch Star

Area: South West / Wigram

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brilliant parkas lasted forever.

Caroline Moore's design at Avanti store

20 June 1983

Manager for Avanti clothing store Chris Bradley (right) and marketing manager Carole Prichard promoting designs by Caroline Moore.

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Area: Central City / Central Christchurch - South

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Shop owners on the sky bridge, High Street

1 April 1985

Clothing shop, Candyskin, owners Daniel McCabe (right) and business partner Robyn Doyle stood on the sky bridge over High Street linking to the Triangle shopping centre.

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Area: Central City / Central Christchurch - South

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Annie Graham, wearable art designer

26 February 1990

Wearable art designer and former costume designer at the Court Theatre from Lyttelton, Annie Graham, at a Singer sewing machine preparing entries to the Chez Eelco Wearable Art Awards and the Benson and Hedges awards.

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Area: South East / Lyttelton

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Christmas Lunch at Miss Sparkes " First for Fashion"

1948

The dressmaking room girls sharing Christmas lunch with Miss Sparkes herself about 1948. Back Row: Alice Jennings, Daphne Adams, Beverley Dennis, Valerie Eden, Gwenda Millar, Beverley Cherry. Seated: Miss Sparkes, Margaret Treleaven, Ngarene Willocks, Eileen Welsh. Miss Sparkes was one of the leading ladies wear shops and showroom with a dressmaking room where they made "Mother of the Bride" garments, debutantes frocks, and the bridal gowns were always the talk of the town. Miss Sparkes showroom was in Armagh Street.

Area: Central City / Central Christchurch - North

Contributor: Gwenda Ireland.

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Advertisement for Miss Sparkes bridal fashions

1940s

Advertisement from the New Zealand Free Lance periodical. The model is Betty Cosser in one of the exquisite gowns. There were also bridal displays periodically in the shop window. Miss Sparkes was one of the leading ladies wear shops and showroom with a dressmaking room where they made Mother of the Bride garments, debutantes frocks, and the bridal gowns were always the talk of the town. Miss Sparkes showroom was in Armagh Street.

Area: Central City / Central Christchurch - North

Contributor: Gwenda Ireland.

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Thank you so much for the comment, we actually have an image of this reunion in our digitisation queue. Hopefully you might be able to help us identify some of the attendees once we have loaded it onto the Discovery wall?

My mother (Iris Clarke nee Frazer) used to work for Miss Sparkes. In the 1990's 15 of the former staff held a ' reunion' at our home which was reported in the Press

Reunion of Miss Sparkes staff

4 June 1990

A group of former employees of Miss Sparkes bridal shop celebrating a reunion. All the women had worked at Miss Sparkes in Armagh Street during the years 1932 to 1946.
Eileen Brown sitting at the front, Mrs Beryl Channings, Miss Margaret Campbell, Mrs Essie Summers, Mrs Audrey Nicol, Mrs Frances Read, Mrs Isla Boanas, Mrs Iris Clarke, Mrs Win Reese.

Creator: Christchurch Star

Area: Central City / Central Christchurch - North

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