Chemise suit

This women's suit was made by W Selby & Co, a wholesale manufacturer located at 83-85 Buchan Street in Christchurch. Called 'Susie', the suit jacket has a bloused back worn with a pencil skirt. Selby wholesaled to department stores and dress stores across the country. The retailers embraced the chemise, and the trend swept the country, reaching beyond the main cities to smaller centres such as Nelson, New Plymouth, Palmerston North and Whangarei. It catered to all tastes and budgets. 


Photographer: Unknown
Model Unknown
Credit: Image from Brown Ewing's advertisement, Dunedin Evening Star, September 1958.
Copyright: Image © unknown
Manufacturing location: 83-85 Buchan Street, Christchurch
Garment type: Women's suit
Material: Conifer, a crease-resistant linen-type fabric
Features: The suit jacket has a bloused-style back.
Purchase location: Brown Ewing, Dunedin
Label: Selby
Date: 1958