FEATURE: Dedicated follower of fashion set to auction off collection of clothes from the 1960s and 70s

Audrey Watson of Ruskington with some of her collection of clothes from the 60s and 70s that she has decided to auction off.
Audrey Watson of Ruskington with some of her collection of clothes from the 60s and 70s that she has decided to auction off.

More than 1,000 items of clothing from the 60s and 70s are set to go up for auction as a great-grandma sells off her extensive collection.

Audrey Watson’s great-grandaughter Carlie Ward, 28, of Boston, has been helping her prepare her collection of clothes - and has modelled some of the distinctive retro items as they get set for sale.

Carly Ward modelling Audrey Watsons clothes.

Carly Ward modelling Audrey Watsons clothes.

She said: “It’s been an honour to be able to wear them because they are in such perfect condition still and nobody really has got clothes from that period.

“No-one else has ever worn them except my great-grandma.”

Carlie, who works at Salon Alchemy, in Boston, said some of her favourite items were the high platform boots.

She also liked a white lace, to-the-floor gown which she described as ‘just beautiful’.

“It’s like going back in time, it’s just amazing. You only see these sorts of clothes on dramas now on television,” she said.

Carlie has been given a flare dungaree set to keep as a thank you for trying the clothes on.

The collection was built up by Mrs Watson, who still enjoys keeping up with the latest fashions, during the 60s and 70s and contains a number of petite-sized high-fashion labels and bespoke items.

Mrs Watson, who lives in Ruskington, said she loved unusual clothes that were different from clothes other people were wearing.

The 85-year-old bought many of her clothes shopping in Lincoln, Grantham and Nottingham where she trained to be a beauty therapist - along with excursions to London.

She said: “I have loved and treasured clothes since being a small child. I think the fact that I was a child/teenager in the war years had a huge impact on my attitude to looking after things, and making them last.”

She added: “I have to let some of them go. I feel I’ve had the responsibility of caring for the clothes all these years, and it has almost become a burden to me. I have less space now, and I would like to think that the clothes will be bought by someone who will enjoy wearing them, and values them as much as I have done.

“The clothes are very special to me and remind me of when I was a young woman, and my children were small.”

Mrs Watson’s collection will go on sale in May and is organised by Tenants Auctioneers. For details and more pictures see Audrey’s Wardrobe on Facebook.