Keep an eye on the blog during the next week as we publish details of how to register for the 13th Annual Symposium of the Costume & Textile Association of New Zealand, to be held at the Auckland Museum on Friday 30th and Saturday 31st May, 2014

We’ve a wonderful array of speakers and topics and can’t wait to reveal all in the coming weeks.

Prices remain the same as last year and remember that Members of CTANZ or the Auckland Museum Institute are eligible for a great discount on the Registration fee. If you haven’t yet renewed your Membership (or would like to join), now would be an excellent time to do so – just go to our website (http://www.costumeandtextile.co.nz/) and follow the links to the Membership page.

And for the Symposium dinner, this year we will be retiring to the award-winning CIBO restaurant in Parnell. http://www.cibo.co.nz/ For $65 (the same price as least year’s delicious dinner) we’ll be offering a specially selected two-course menu. (Price includes side orders and tea and coffee). Bookings can be made on the Registration Form (coming to this blog and the website very soon!)

For those of you arriving from beyond Auckland, why not take the opportunity to spend the long weekend exploring the many exhibitions and other events that Auckland has to offer. We’ll be compiling a list of things to do that will be included in your conference pack.

Until then, save the dates, save your pennies and remember to keep an eye out for the Symposium Registration Form in the next week!

iD XV (Dunedin, April 2014)

Winning Emerging Designers entry by Mahshid Mahdian on the Railway Station catwalk.  Image iD Dunedin Fashion Inc.

Winning Emerging Designers entry by Mahshid Mahdian on the Railway Station catwalk.
Image iD Dunedin Fashion Inc.

iD’s over for another year but the fifteenth anniversary event more than lived up to expectations. The raving has ranged from the people you’d expect to rave to random comments on stuff.co.nz by young men dragged along by their girlfriends (they all say that, but the men in the audience never look bored). This year, there seemed to be a lot of satellite events, several of which involved local CTANZ members. All three of Dunedin’s public museums and galleries featured small fashion and costume exhibitions, with the Tanya Carlson wedding dresses at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery the main event. An informal talk between curator Jane Malthus and Tanya Carlson on the Saturday drew over 100 even before the week’s official launch.

The week involves lots of talking about fashion. There’s always a public session featuring a guest judge, this year World’s Francis Hooper. Midweek, a new initiative organised by Elaine Webster, the University of Otago’s Director of Continuing Education drew around 100 people to a panel discussion on shoes featuring Elaine, Jane Malthus, shoe designers Sarah Riley, and Angela Roper of Ziera, and the NZ Fashion Museum’s Doris de Pont. (Doris was back at the university the next day to talk to a small but enthusiastic group of fashion activists about the New Zealand Fashion Museum.)

Walk this Way

Walk this Way

The various surrounding events help build up excitement for the main events. The Railway Station runway show is the big one, but the one that the cogniscienti rave about is Emerging Designers, which never disappoints. This year it was at the recently refurbished Dunedin Town Hall (the new seats upstairs are very comfortable). Dunedin’s reputation for wearing black was rather compromised by a surprisingly colourful audience – lots of splashes of red, green, blue and turqoise particularly. Lots of that on the catwalk as well, in an evening that began with black leather and ended with red tartan and plush. As always there were various degrees of subtlety and crowd favourites (oversized teddy bears will do it every time); the winner this year student Mahshid Mahdian from Brera Academy, Italy with a Venetian inspired collection.

Emerging designer's showstopper ChinHauTay's BeWear Bear collection. Image iD Dunedin Fashion Inc.

Emerging designer’s showstopper ChinHauTay’s Bewear Bear collection.
Image iD Dunedin Fashion Inc.

Huge congratulations to Susie Staley and the iD team for organising another stellar week for locals and visitors alike. Check out the iD website and sign up for their updates and if you’ve never been, keep an eye out for next year.

More coverage and lots more pictures:



Funny Face from NZIFF

09Between film festivals and fashion events over March and April, we’ve had opportunities for another look at The September Issue (Auckland)  and DV: The Eye has to Travel (Dunedin), and the French Film Festival has included Mademoiselle C, the doco on Carine Roitfeld.

But fashion magazines and their editors have been at the movies since ages back. One of the earliest and most gorgeous portrayals was Stanley Donen’s Funny Face, getting an airing this autumn during the NZ International Film Festival’s Classic Movie Weekends.

Audrey Hepburn swanning around in Paris in Givenchy frocks, and dancing with Fred Astaire to music by Gershwin, on a big screen. S’wonderful, right?

Session Times

Auckland: Friday April 11 – 1:00pm; Sunday April 13 – 1:00pm
Dunedin: Saturday April 12 – 2:15pm
Wellington: Saturday April 19 – 6:00pm
Napier: Saturday April 26 – 2:15pm
Christchurch: Sunday May 18 – 2:15pm


PLEASE NOTE: Symposium abstracts due 15th MARCH!

Dear Member/Reader

Mea culpa! I posted the incorrect date in my last posting regarding the Symposium.

Abstracts are due on the 15th March.  We’re aiming to inform you of the results by the 31st March.

Please email me (angelalassig@gmail.com) if you’re having trouble meeting the deadline and we’ll see what we can do.

Have a good day,

Angela – President CTANZ

Frock frenzies kicking off

It’s time to practice your air kissing, with fashion events coming up in Auckland, Dunedin and Wellington over the next six weeks.

Kicking off is Auckland’s new 10 Days of Fashion in the City event running 28 Feb – 9 March. There’s a run  of fashion films (The September Issue, Bill Cunningham NYC, Valentino: the Last Emperor and The Royal Tenenbaums ), a new NZ Fashion Museum popup featuring highlights of their first themed exhibitions, special displays at the Central City Library, talks about famous clothing in art, a children’s event (get them young, that’s right), and an array of launches, markets and the like.

At then end of March, it’s iDXV (30 March – 6 April). Yes, Dunedin has been doing this for a decade and a half now. Business as usual: Emerging Designers on Thursday night, then two nights of the show proper at the previously longest catwalk in New Zealand/southern hemisphere/world (depending on which year you’re reading about). Alongside: screenings of NHNZ’s new series LA Frock Stars, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, and Yves Saint Laurent 5 avenue Marceau 75116 Paris at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery; exhbitions and talks at Toitu and Otago Museum, Tanya Carlsson on wedding dresses, Francis Hooper on World, a panel discussion on shoes, launches, popups, shows, teas, cocktails. Oh, and the international guest designer is Martin Grant.

So far, there’s a solid tranche of shows and exhibitions for Wellington Fashion Week (9-13 April), but more events to be confirmed. If you’re in one of these places, bookmark the links. If you’re somewhere else, is it holiday time yet?

Save the Date!


The long established and much loved Auckland Vintage Textile Fair will be held again this year (at the usual venue – Alexandra Park Raceway, Greenlane, Auckland) – but will be held slightly earlier on:

Sunday August 31 2014

Don’t worry, we’ll post a reminder closer to the time!

2014 Membership subscription reminder

Just a reminder to check if you’ve paid your 2014 CTANZ membership.

The fees remain unchanged at a very reasonable $50 for waged and $35 for unwaged members.

Remember that membership of the Association provides you with a good discount on the Symposium registration price!

If you’d like to pay by cheque, please make it out to CTANZ and post it together with all your details to: Kim Smith, c/- 83 Rose Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1021

You can also pay by direct credit but if you do this, please be sure to email Kim and let her know that you’ve done this. Our bank account number is: 02-0100-0345145-00  &  Kim’s email address is: andyandkim@vodafone.co.nz

Remember to include your: Name, Address, City, Postcode, Country (if not NZ), Phone (A/H), Mobile and Email. We’d also be interested to know a little about your interests with regards to CTANZ

We’d be delighted to hear from past, present and new members – All of you are welcome!!


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