Monthly Archives: June 2011

Public talk: Keren Chiaroni and 18th century revolutionary fashion

Off with Their Heads! The 18th-Century French aristocracy meets Lady Gaga

Saturday 16 July 2011 Soundings Theatre, Level 2 Te Papa, Wellington

 2pm–3pm Free entry

Experience true Liberty, Equality, and Brotherhood, as applied to frocks, wigs, and shoes. Author Keren Chiaroni pays tribute to extreme fashion in revolutionary France. The drama of the time was heightened by infamous opulence, greed, jealousy, and the most bizarre wigs!

Keren is a senior lecturer in French at Victoria University. She has published on theatre, dance, and design for academic journals – and has recently written about Paris fashion shows for Lucire magazine. From 2010, she has been a researcher and regional editor for the Pacific in the World Scenography project. This is a three-volume publication covering design for performance from all over the world. The first volume will be launched at the 2011 Prague Quadrennial on Performance Space & Design.

Keren is currently researching links between fashion, art, and costume design with specific reference to Trelise Cooper’s 2011 designs for the NBR New Zealand Opera’s Xerxes by Handel, and Karen Walker’s 2011 designs for the Royal NZ Ballet’s Stravinsky Triple Bill season.

PLUS Frock, Wig, and Shoe Challenge

Come dressed to delight our judges, wearing the BEST frock, wig, and shoe combination. You could win a three-course dinner for two, with specially selected wine, at the Hippopotamus Restaurant, Museum Hotel Wellington.

Entrants must register on the day between 1pm and 1.30pm at Soundings Theatre, Level 2.

Australian Tapestry Workshop – call for entries


The Australian Tapestry Workshop is calling for applications for this year’s Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries. The award is open to professional Australian and International artists.


1ST PRIZE: a non-acquisitive award of $5,000 AUD

EMERGING ARTIST’S AWARD:  a non-acquisitive award of $1,000 AUD

JUDGES: Professor Kay Lawrence AM Professor of Visual Art, University of South Australia and a member of the Board of Directors of the Australian Tapestry Workshop, Jason Smith, Director, Heide Museum of Modern Art.

Entries close for pre-selection: Friday 2 September 2011

The Kate Derum Award Exhibition: 20 October – 18 November 2011

ENTRY FORMS – please visit

For further information contact Sara Lindsay at

This award has been generously funded by the Tapestry Foundation of Australia

Diary it: Auckland Vintage Fair Sunday 28 August

 Auckland Vintage Textile Fair

Sunday 28 August  10am – 5pm, $5 entry fee 

 The annual Auckland Vintage Textile Fair will be held as usual at Alexandra Park Raceway, an     excellent venue with plenty of free parking.

Stall holders include  Gill Ward from Victorian Gilt and Yanny Split, Helene Roelants and Kim Smith.

The fair usually includes about 40 stalls and is truely a ‘ Vintage’ event – i.e. no reproductions.

It’s a great place to catch up with friends and there’s a cafe and an all important money machine.

New Zealand in Vogue – new exhibition at Te Papa

Horrockses cotton dress, c 1960. Collection of Te Papa.

On Friday 24 June a new exhibition opens in Te Papa’s Eyelight’s Gallery – New Zealand in Vogue (24 June 2011 – September 2012).

This exhibition draws its inspiration directly from the pages of Vogue New Zealand, a magazine which graced news stands from 1957 to 1968. It showcases garments from top New Zealand designers and manufacturers such as Emma Knuckey, El Jay and Siltex, and those made here under licence from the world’s leading fashion houses. As well as stylish suits and dresses reflecting the latest international trends, there are the accessories, essential to the well-dressed woman. The home sewer is here too, supported by Vogue in its pattern service, and advice on fabrics.
Each case is based on an actual  headline from Vogue New Zealand, including ‘Our Choice of Dior Copies’, ‘Unbeatable All Blacks, ‘The Way to Look in Wool’ and ‘Exciting News For Dressmakers’. Design-wise each case is conceived as a fashion spread.
The exhibition is curated by Claire Regnault, Senior Curator History, who will give a short floor talk on Friday 24 June, at 12.15pm. Please meet in the gallery space.

NOM*d: The Art of Fashion – exhibition and publication

Photo: Kevin Robertston

This winter the Eastern Southland Gallery in Gore is hosting the exhibition NOM*d: The Art of Fashion from 28 July – 2 September. If you can’t make it to Gore too see the exhibition,  you can try and get your hands on the accompanying catalogue which features an essay by Natalie Smith and Hilary Radner: “NOM*d: Conceptual Couture in Dunedin”, and meditations on NOM*d by Simone Drichel, Peter Leech, Robyn Notman, Peter Shand and Peter Stupples.

The publication is being sponsored by the Centre for Research on National Identity (CRNI) and the Department of History and Art History, University of Otago.

With only 500 copies printed, the catalogue will be in high demand, so order yours today via CRNI:

Website:      Email:

The Cutting Circle – Risk and Fashion Design at Massey University this July

The Cutting Circle is an international research initiative by leading fashion practitioners Timo Rissanen (Parsons), Julian Roberts (RCA) and Holly McQuillan (Massey) exploring new and innovative methods of cutting patterns in the context of risky, cutting edge sustainable fashion design practice, research and teaching.

As part of this project is a 3 day symposium on offer for 14-16 July 2011 at Massey University, College of Creative Arts, Wellington, New Zealand, featuring practical masterclasses, demonstrations and lectures exploring creative risk-taking for innovative garment design.

Participants will gain an understanding of the approaches, philosophies and techniques for: Subtraction Cutting, Zero Waste Fashion Design, and Drape for Fashion Design.

This course would appeal to anyone who has an interest in fashion/textiles and alternative design processes. Some understanding of basic sewing and/or pattern making process is required.

As well as a series of demonstrations and workshops, there are two public event (no sewing skills necessary!):

Public Lecture:Thursday 14/07: 7pm – 8pm in 10A02  

Julian Roberts (UK), Timo Rissanen (US/Aust/Finland) and Holly McQuillan (NZ) will discuss their ongoing research project The Cutting Circle.

Exhibition: Saturday 16/07: 5pm – 8pm in The Dressing Room

More information about this event can be found at

Venue: All events are held in the Museum Building (Block 10) in Massey University College of Creative Arts Wellington.

Update: Trans/national Clothing: Production and Consumption

Please find below some additional information on the Trans/national Clothing conference from one of the organisers, Dr Clare Rose.

‘We hope to attract researchers working on the history of ‘transnational’ garments – and their symbolism (kilts in England, for example) as well as on contemporary issues. The keynote speakers will be Alexandra Palmer, Hazel Clark, Karen Tranberg Hansen, and the journalist Lucy Siegle, and we are expecting delegates from across Europe and North America and some interesting side events including performance art. We welcome non-traditional presentations or interventions. Please contact Dr Clare Rose for further information.’


Trans/national Clothing: Production and Consumption

Bath Spa University, Bath, UK  Thursday 1st-Sunday 4th September 2011

A three-day conference, workshop and discussion group addressing issues in the production and consumption of transnational clothing in the WorldHeritage City, Bath.

Themes for discussion include, but are not limited to:

* Clothes produced in one country for consumers in another country (Top

Shop t-shirts)

* Clothes produced for local consumers but exported (retail, smuggling,


* Clothes that typify the culture of one country to consumers in another

country (African prints marketed to African-Americans)

* Clothes that, while produced locally, link the wearer to the culture of

another country (clothes made for colonialists in India; clothes worn by

British Muslims)

* Cultural fusion and bricolage (T-shirts with English slogans made for

Indian consumers)

* Appropriation of cultural symbols (Arab keffiyehs and Maori tattoos as

fashionable motifs)

* Regional and national fashions (Soviet fashion; Arabic fashion, Nordic

fashion, etc) and the significance of National Identity through dress.

Send submission of abstracts by July 1st and any further enquiries to Dr Jo Turney or Dr Clare Rose


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