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Against the grain: Jessica Winchcombe, left, and Claire Todd

Wearing vintage clothing isn’t just a style for a fashion-obsessed Queenstowner, it’s a way of life.

But Claire Todd has chosen to part with some of her beloved vintage collectables tomorrow at a one-off sale evening dubbed ‘Decades of Decadence’.

“I’ve decided that I need to make room for some more [vintage clothing] and I’ve sort of gone off into the rare collectors’ item stuff.”

That includes taxidermy jewellery and expensive 1920s party dresses.

The clothing she’s selling comes from the 1900s to the 1950s.

Todd has a self-diagnosed “obsessive-compulsive need to collect” and has been collecting vintage clothing for the past 21 years.

It stems back to her childhood in Scotland, where her dad had a museum full of collectables.

“I was surrounded by loads of shells and minerals and fossils and taxidermy, and he was an avid collector and I guess it’s in my blood.”

The price range for this weekend’s sale starts at $40 and goes all the way up to $4000 – there will also be some second-hand stuff that’s not vintage.

Todd is even letting go of the first item of vintage clothing she bought, when 15 – a tartan cape.

She’s also teamed up with local contemporary jeweller Jessica Winchcombe, who will be selling her one-off jewellery pieces specifically designed for the event.

Winchcombe’s pieces have been inspired by the eras the clothing are from.

“It’s really fun to kinda go left-field and play with some new ideas.”

‘Decades of Decadence’ kicks off tomorrow night, 7pm, at Queenstown’s Bespoke Kitchen.

mandy.cooper@scene.co.nz