Monthly Archives: December 2011

Unveiled: 200 Years of Wedding Fashion open!

Wedding dress designed by Norman Hartnell for Margaret Whigham, 1933. Collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Wedding dress designed by Norman Hartnell for Margaret Whigham, 1933. Collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

On behalf of the Costume & Textile Association Committee best wishes for the festive season!

If you are passing through Wellington during the holidays be sure to pop into Te Papa to see Unveiled: 200 Years of Wedding Fashion from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The exhibition features over 40 stunning ensembles dating from 1828 to 2008, 60 accessories including lingerie, shoes, garters and wedding favours, and evocative period film footage.

Tickets are just $15 for adults, $13.50 concession. Best of all you can purchase a season ticket for $32 or get a group of 10 like-minds together and tickets are just $12 per person.

If you want to get a feel for the exhibition first, you can view curator Edwina Ehrman’s lecture in the comfort of your own home or listen to one of her podcasts via the website.

You can also participate in the surrounding wedding fever by uploading your family wedding or civil union photographs to the Te Papa Wedding Photo Gallery, which can be accessed online and within the Unveiled gallery. The gallery is a delight to explore.

Thank you for your support in 2011, and we look forward to seeing you in 2012.

Exhibition of Tongan embroidery and crochet


Objectspace is delighted to present Nimamea’a: The fine arts of Tongan embroidery and crochet- their first major project focused on making from the Pacific (19th November 2011 – 22nd December 2011.)  

Objectspace approached curators Kolokesa Uafa Mahina-Tuai and Manuesina ‘Ofa-ki-Hautolo Mahina in 2010 about developing a project for Objectspace after seeing their Fresh Gallery Otara exhibition Tongan Style. The makers of the works featured in Nimamea’a: The fine arts of Tongan embroidery and crochetare; Kolokesa Kulikefu, Tu’utanga Hunuhunu Mahina, Manuesina Tonata, Lingisiva ‘Aloua, Noma ‘Ofa-ki-Nu’usila Talakia’atu, Falesiu Siu and Lupe Mahe.  Curators Kolokesa Uafa Mahina-Tuai and Manuesina ‘Ofa-ki-Hautolo Mahina state, “We wanted to do a show on the fine arts of Tongan embroidery and crochet simply because of the lack of awareness and visibility that these two art forms have outside of a Tongan context. We hope that this exhibition will give people an aesthetic appreciation of these two art forms and an insight into their significance from a Tongan cultural context.”The exhibition is complemented by Glenn Jowitt’s wonderful collection of fans, hats and place mats.

A crafty Christmas at the Johnston Collection, Melbourne

If you are travelling to Melbourne this summer check out A Wondrous Gift: Christmas at The Johnston Collection 2011-2012 3 November 2011 – 24 February 2012 , where Christmas comes spectacularly to life with superb creations, not just decorations, more like precious jewels originating from the exquisite objects in at The Johnston Collection. Involving numerous artists and craftspeople including The Embroiderers Guild, Victoria (NE and Albury Wodonga branches), patchwork and textile artists, and multi-media artists, this year it is in Victoria’s North Eastern region – Wangaratta and its environs – that creativity has flowed. Inspired by the life and collection of William Johnston and the story of Christmas.

Valentino opens 3D Virtual Museum

This week in New York, Italian fashion icon Valentino Garavani unveiled a first-of-its-kind virtual museum at the Museum of Modern Art.  It was launched by Anne Hathaway. The project is a collaboration with Google Art. You can explore the Valentino Garavani Museum on Youtube  http://www.youtube.com/user/ValentinoMuseum?feature=watch

A screen shot of Valentino's online museum

A screen shot of Valentino's online museum

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