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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 ( 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. 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!

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 ( 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!

How’s your Symposium abstract coming along? DUE 15th MARCH!!!


Fabric Lovers – Fabric-A-Brac Auckland

The next Fabric-A-brac Auckland will be held on Saturday 16 November, 2013 at the Freemans Bay Community Hall, 52 Hepburn Street from 9am – 12.30pm

Bookings are now open for tables.  Once again, we will have the hall space and the smaller room out in the foyer area available but due to the demand and the number of people on our list, bookings will be taken on a first in, first served basis. The closing date for booking is Friday, 1 November 2013.

For more details (table prices, bookings etc) contact Grace – 021 709761

Hurry…Last Days…”50 Years of Fashion – LynnMall’s Golden Jubilee”

Hurry – Closes 13th October!!

Well worth the trip to LynnMall in Auckland’s New Lynn, is 50 Years of Fashion - a beautifully conceived  ‘pop-up’ exhibition of fashionable garments from the 1960s to the 2000s.

Curated by Lopdell House Gallery, the exhibition celebrates LynnMall’s 50 years of trading (f. 1963).

For more information, including a link to a downloadable .pdf of the catalogue (with essay by Doris de Pont), follow this link:


New Quilts for Old Beds – Quilt Exhibition at Highwic

In September, Highwic joins with The Point Chevalier Monday Modern Quilt Group to show their quilts throughout the house.

This Pt Chevalier group is one of the more than 150 international guilds linked to the Los Angeles based ‘Modern Quilt Group’ founded in October in 2009.

According to the MQG website ( ‘Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. Modern quilters work in different styles and define modern quilting in different ways, but several characteristics often appear which may help identify a modern quilt. These include, but are not limited to: the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work. “Modern traditionalism” or the updating of classic quilt designs is also often seen in modern quilting.”

What: New Quilts for Old Beds
When: September 18-29, 10.30-4.30 (NB Highwic is closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
Where: Highwic (a New Zealand Historic Places Trust property), 40 Gillies Avenue, Auckland (entrance off Mortimer Pass)
Admission: $10 per adult; children and NZHPT members free
For more information: Contact Highwic (

Fashion History – Continuing Education course at University of Auckland

Hurry! Only a few places left!
What: Four-part course titled ‘Look at Me: The History and Why of Fashion’
Where: University of Auckland, Arts 1 Building No. 206, 14A Symonds St, Auckland
When: 4 evenings, Monday 9 September – 30 September, 6-8 pm
Presenter: Christina Cie
Cost: $125 incl GST
Staff of The University of Auckland $112.35 incl GST
University of Auckland Society Member $112.35 incl GST
Details: Are you interested in the changes in attire from the Iron Age to the Ironed Age? Drawing on historical references and current academic research, this course explores the history of fashion and the development of the fashion industry in terms of globalisation, feminism and other social influences.

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