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 – 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: http://www.lopdell.org.nz/index.cfm/whats-on/calendar/50-years-of-fashion-lynnmalls-golden-jubilee/
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 (http://www.themodernquiltguild.com): ‘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
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.
FOR MORE INFORMATION & TO BOOK go to:
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.
COMING SOON! The Auckland Vintage Textile Fair
Start saving up for this amazing annual event. Only genuine vintage fabrics, clothing, hats, linen, accessories, trims, buttons, lace, books & etc.
When: Sunday 8th September 2013 – 10am to 5 pm
Where: Alexandra Park Raceway, Cnr Greenlane & Manukau Roads, Epsom
Parking: Free onsite
Enquiries: Brian 021 433588 or 09 8201900
New Exhibition @ Objectspace, Ponsonby, Auckland
Sole Desire 27 July – 21 September
The exhibition brings together a selection of shoes from 11 lenders and looks at the role shoes play in the lives of their owners. The diverse selection of footwear designs reflects the multitude of meanings shoes can have for us. From the rebellious statement of the lurid sneaker to the sculptural qualities of a Vivienne Westwood bondage boot, the shoes on display confirm that shoes are ultimately objects of our soul’s desire. In the exhibition you will see shoes made by Lobb, John Fluevog, Repetto, L D Tuttle, Minnie Cooper, Ferragamo, and more.
Meet Viv Heslop, shoe enthusiast and owner of Unique Soles – the only importer of John Fluevog shoes in New Zealand. Viv will give a talk about her relationship with Fluevogs and how a Fluevog shoe came to be named after her. 3 August, 11am.
Take advantage of a rare opportunity to receive a guided tour of the Minnie Cooper premises on Wednesday 11 September. More details to follow.
For Aucklanders and anyone visiting Auckland in November, be sure to add a visit to the annual Auckland Retro Fair to your ‘must do’ lists. This much anticipated event offers the collector a huge variety of genuine mid-centry items including clothing and accessories, textiles as well as kitchenalia, ceramics, glass, prints and artwork, kiwiana, books and all related ephemera.
When: Sunday 10 November 2013 – 10am to 5 pm
Where: Alexandra Park Raceway, Tasman Room cnr Greenlane & Manukau Road, Epsom
Entry: $7.00 (Door sales only)
Parking: Free, onsite
For more information contact: Vicki Mossong 09 8201900 or Brian Mossong 021433588
CALIFORNIA DESIGN : 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way
Organised by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
@ The Auckland Art Gallery
This exhibition has just opened in Auckland and there’s a terrific line up of talks to accompany it.
I’ve selected out the lectures relating to fashion however if you’re interested in the broader categories of design eg architecture, product design, film and photography, for example, you’re in for a treat.
For the full programme, go the the gallery’s website: http://www.aucklandartgallery.com
SUNDAY 28th July (2 Events)
1. Meet and talk with Driss Lambaraa who founded Tango 14 years ago, an amazing salon which specialises in vintage designer clothing, jewellery, furniture and accessories.
12-2 pm North Atrium – free entry
2. Doris De Pont – The Californian ‘Look’ comes to New Zealand in the 50s and 60s
Fashion Museum founder and curator, Doris de Pont discusses the influence of post-war California fashion styles on New Zealand via Hollywood movies and movie magazines that were the influential taste makers during that period.
Auditorium – free entry
SUNDAY 4th August
Sharon Evans-Mikellis – Effortless Cool; Fashion and Mid-century Modernism
Practising designer and Senior lecturer in Fashion and Textile Design at AUT University. Sharon Evans-Mikellis explores mid-century design as expressed through fashion; the legacy of the modernist aesthetic and it’s crossover into popular culture.
Auditorium – free entry
SUNDAY 8th September (2 Events)
1. Claire Regnault: The arrival and impact of Californian Fashion on NZ
Renowned commentator on design history, fashion and textiles expert Claire Regnault, who is also Senior Curator Creative Industries at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongawera, discusses how, when and why Californian fashion made its impact on New Zealand.
3pm Auditorium – free entry
2. Design Encounter – AUT Fashion In Motion
Fashion Design students from AUT University’s School of Art & Design present their responses to the exhibition California Design in a fashion in motion event.Rather than the standard catwalk presentation the student’s designs will be displayed over an extended period of time allowing you to inspect each creation closely and to meet and talk with the designer.
North atrium – free entry
SUNDAY 15th September
Meet and talk with the founders of Strangely Normal clothing company, Claire Dutton and Michael Cox and view their extensive range of 50s and 60s menswear.
North Atrium – free entry
SUNDAY 29th September
Meet and talk with avid Barbie Doll collector Patsy Carlyle who owns the largest collection of boxed Barbies in New Zealand. Patsy will be bringing a range of pre 1965 Barbies from her collection and her associates from the Barbie Club.
North Atrium – free entry
Adventures in Vintage Needlecraft is presented in Objectspace’s Window Gallery and Vault to coincide with Rosemary McLeod’s appearance at the 2013 Auckland Writers and Readers Festival and the launch of With Bold Needle and Thread: Adventures in Vintage Needlecraft.
To mark the publication of With Bold Needle and Thread Rosemary McLeod will give a talk The Secret Life of Aprons on Sunday May 19 10.15-11.15am at Auckland Art Gallery Auditorium as part of the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival.
Appreciation for items handmade is growing and embroidery and sewing are enjoying a renaissance of sorts with a revival of interest in vintage fabrics and techniques. Rosemary McLeod and Marilyn Daly, set out to recreate items for the book that had originally been created in the thirty years spanning 1920 – 1950. These delightful objects: bags, tea-cosies, aprons, cushions, and adornments are made from a range of materials such as felt, hessian, cotton and brightly coloured threads, wool, and buttons. Made with techniques such as quilting, patchwork, and embroidery the objects display an extraordinary freshness and vibrancy that has immediate appeal to both young and old.
My mission here is to reclaim the home-made… I also wanted to find out what it would be like, as a maker, to re-enter a time when the average woman, with average sewing skills, was expected to be able to make most of the craft projects in magazines. Rosemary McLeod
What: Adventures in Vintage Needlecraft
Where: Objectspace, 8 Ponsonby Rd, Auckland
When: The Window Gallery, 3 May – 8 June
The Vault, 11 May – 8 June
Gallery hours: Mon – Sat, 10am – 5pm. Free admission.