It’s tine 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?
The NZ summer is traditionally a time when the television networks conspire to have us turning off the box by showing, with a few exceptions, lots of repeats of programmes we never really cared about the first time. You’d think it were deliberate. So many of us ignore the box over the break, which could mean missing out on a new offering this year about dresses. Specifically, wedding dresses. Meet the Frockers is running on TV1(so can be watched online for those of you who gave up on normal tv over the course of last year) at 8pm on Wednesdays.
Yes, it’s reality tv, based around big dresses for the big day, with brides who know what they want, but thankfully it’s not – so far – a local version of Bridezillas. That was trainwreck viewing, but this is both kinder and sterner stuff. Primarily about the frocks: the first episode centred on the somewhat nerve-wracking task of remodelling an expensive strapless gown to give it shoulder coverage, and letting out the sides of another, model-tiny, gown, to allow an only-slightly-less-tiny bride to breathe on the dancefloor. Technical conversations about the deconstruction and reconstruction of metres and metres of gorgeous fabrics make it serious business, but it’s not overly taxing and it looks like it’s all going to be positive outcomes, so a warm and fuzzy diversion so far.
Well here’s a surprise to the costume-fanciers who are watching the Phryne Fisher mysteries currently on tv in NZ. Due to popular demand, the exhibition at Ripponlea in Melbourne (which features in the series as Phryne’s aunt’s stately home) of costumes from the series based on the books by Kerry Greenwood has been extended until 1 December, so if you’re in Melbourne, there’s still a couple of weeks to get up close to those fabulous, fabulous frocks.
Art Nelson is calling for entries from NZ resident artists for National Contemporary Fibre Art Awards 2014 (closing 18 February).
Full details of conditions and prizes at the link above for the call for artworks featuring predominantly any kind of fibres or textiles, in any technique or mix of techniques, any size or shape. Think large, small, flat, three-dimensional, natural, synthetic but above all think “ORIGINALITY; the emphasis being on work which stretches the boundaries of fibre art to give a contemporary twist to the more traditional view of this medium”. New work will have priority.
Christchurch readers and stitchers get the chance to hear Rosemary McLeod talk with Vita Cochran about her passion for
New Zealand’s textile past and the joys of creating and collecting during the Christchurch Arts Festival.
The one-hour session will be on Sunday 8 September, 3pm at the Fletcher Building Festival Club.
In case you missed it, the NZ Fashion Museum launched the new-look website at the end of July 2013. It includes more information on past, present and future exhibitions, and an interactive collection to which we can all contribute. Great fun to explore and much to look forward to. Nice work, Doris and team.
And a reminder that the Wellington leg of Home Sewn will be on at the Dowse Art Museum 10 August – 24 November, and the new exhibition, The Age of Aquarius: A 70s retrospective starts from 14 September – 13 October 2013 Ground Floor, Geyser Building, 100 Parnell Road, Auckland, with announcements of other venues to follow. Displayed alongside 1970s era furniture, the exhibition will feature over 60 pieces from a range of New Zealand labels, including menswear.
The Costume Society of America’s 40th Annual Symposium
May 28- 31, 2014 -Baltimore, Maryland
“Reflecting Forward: 40 Years of CSA”
Celebrate CSA’s anniversary and our enduring influence
Call for Papers
DEADLINE: October 1, 2013
CSA invites submissions of original research which may include:
• Influential figures in the study of fashion and textiles—including those from other disciplines
• Milestone moments in the fields of costume, fashion, and textile histories—how they made an
impact then, and how they affect the present and future
• The enduring influence of our field onto other fields or disciplines of study (or vice versa)—past,
present, and future
Other aspects of dress and related disciplines are also welcome, including but not limited to: art,
design, fashion, history, conservation, ethnography, archeology, social sciences, and marketing.
Scholars, educators, museum specialists, students, makers and marketers of wearable art, re-enactors
and other clothing enthusiasts are encouraged to submit proposals.
Submitters must be members of the Costume Society of America. Submit abstracts of 500 words or
less, including endnotes and/or selective bibliography (for panels, each panelist’s abstract must be 500
words or less).
Dress and furnishing fabric from just $1 m, patchwork fabric, wool, patterns of every type, buttons, zips etc etc, in our annual Fabric Sale to raise funds for Presbyterian Support’s services for chikdren and families Bring your own bag!
When 15th Jun 2013 11:00am-2:00pm
Where Burns Hall, First Church, Moray Place, Dunedin
Doris de Pont, designer and founder of the New Zealand Fashion Museum (and CTANZ member), became a member of the ONZM on Wednesday 8 May at an investiture ceremony at Government House in Auckland. Doris was recognised in the New Year’s Honours list for her work for fashion and the museum.
Doris describes the investiture as “a really lovely event with suitable gravitas but still very relaxed and personal with time and attention for all recipients and their families”. After the Governor-General’s welcome, a gentleman with “beautiful and impeccably modulated voice” (Radio NZ’s Hewitt Humphrey) reads out the citations, with the recipient stepping forward at the last sentence for a personal word while the medal is pinned. Followed by tea and champagne, elegant sandwiches and petits fours and photos for everyone with Sir Jerry and Lady Janine Mataparae. Doris was also among a small group of recipients from these ceremonies to be invited to the investiture dinner at Government House.
The award recognises Doris’s contribution to New Zealand; it also recognises that fashion is itself an area in which people can make a contribution to the country. A shame that the NZ Herald and both TV channels decided that their readers would only be interested in the sporting recipients of awards that day.
But from us, warm congratulations, Doris, on a well-earned and fabulous bit of bling.
Handmade 2013, on in Wellington 1-2 June, includes a wide range of workshops and talks on textile craft and skills among the overall programme. Themes include yarn, stitch, remade, heirloom, world, and offer workshops, masterclasses and lectures. Some are technique based (drop spindling, wet felting), some have an object focus (baby pants, crochet necklaces). Presenters include Tamsin Cooper and Rosemary McLeod and there are beginners sessions as well.
Check out the programme if you haven’t already done and Wellington’s an option on those dates.