Monthly Archives: July 2011

Postponement: Keren Chiaroni talk Off with Their Heads

Keren Chiaroni’s  talk on 18th century revolutionary fashion, Off with Their Heads!, which was scheduled for Saturday 16 July 2011 at  Te Papa, Wellington has been postponed due to unexpected circumstances.

Public talk: NZ fashion in the 1960s with Michal McKay and Jillian Ewart

Join influential fashion icons and media women, Michal McKay and Jillian Ewart in conversation with Claire Regnault, curator of New Zealand in Vogue, at Te Papa on 21 July at 6.30pm, as they recall the heady days of New Zealand fashion in the 1960s.

Michal McKay, 2011. Image courtesy of Te Papa.

At the tender age of 21 Michal McKay became the fashion editor of New Zealand Vogue after a three month internship at British Vogue, where she was ‘Voguerised’.  She remained with Vogue NZ until 1967, when she left to pursue an international career in magazine publishing.

A Pierre Cardin fashion parade at the Canberra Theatre Centre, 1967. Ladies levitating with no help from the photographer Lee Lin Chin. National Archives of Australia.

With a background in journalism, Jillian Ewart became the fashion adviser for the New Zealand Wool Board in 1965, and was the dymanic force behind numerous parades and campaigns which involved not only local designers, but visiting international celebrities such as Pierre Cardin who visited NZ and Australia in 1967, Miss World and Miss Wool America.  Jillian subsequently moved into television, and was responsible for developing the format for the highly successful Benson and Hedges Awards for Fashion Design.

What was it like in London in the swinging sixties, working with top fashion photographers like David Bailey and Helmut Newton? Going to the Paris Collections? Finding the right models for Pierre Cardin? Who were the tops models of the day? How has the fashion world changed? These are just some of the questions covered during the evening.

For some behind the scenes info about New Zealand in Vogue visit Te Papa’s blog.


Reminder: The Cutting Circle public lecture, Massey University, 7pm Thurs 14 July

To open The Cutting Circle symposium Timo Rissanen (US), Julian Roberts (UK) and Holly McQuillan (NZ) are giving a free public lecture discussing their 2 week collaborative research project.

Come along at 7pm to 10A02 in the Museum Building at Massey University in Wellington on Thursday the 14th of July to hear all about the directions their exciting, innovative risk-taking fashion design practice has taken as they have searched for new ways to design and produce clothing.

Exhibition: Smother by Victoria McIntosh

Dunedin based jeweller, Victoria McIntosh, who frequently incorporates textiles into her work, is currently exhibiting in Auckland at Masterworks Gallery,  Ponsonby Road. The blanket is central to her exhibition Smother (on until 24 July).

‘According to McIntosh the words envelop, wrap, enshroud and surround are only a lexical nudge from smother. The blanket that warms and covers can smother and choke. On a national tour, Smother presents new works that teeter between forms of warm-comfort and harmful restriction to explore the process of creating and presenting oneself to the world.

‘In her works, McIntosh has stitched together cream antique blanket as if it were an Elizabethan ruff; embellished with pearls and fluttering white cotton threads. In other pieces, gelatine pills and antique pastry boats have been used. The works of Smother are, first and foremost collectable objects that relate to the body and its socialisation. They are elegantly beautiful while they push the boundaries of what can be worn.’

Public talk by visiting curator Edwina Ehrman, Curator of Textiles and Fashion at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Embroidered silk wedding dress, (bodice and skirt) by Charles Frederick Worth, Paris, 1880. Given by Mrs. G T Morton. ©Victoria and Albert Museum / V&A Images

Embroidered silk wedding dress, (bodice and skirt) by Charles Frederick Worth, Paris, 1880. Given by Mrs. G T Morton. ©Victoria and Albert Museum / V&A Images

Tuesday 9 August 2011, Soundings Theatre, Level 2, Te Papa, Wellington

Friends of Te Papa $10.00, General Public $15.00.

Edwina Ehrman is a Curator of Textiles and Fashion at the V&A. She is the curator of the touring exhibition, Unveiled: 200 years of wedding dress from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, which will open at Te Papa on 17 December 2011,  and the author of the associated publication, The Wedding Dress: 300 Years of Bridal Fashions. She is a specialist in nineteenth-century textiles and fashion, with a particular interest in London.

In her talk at Te Papa Edwina Ehrman will give a behind-the-scenes insight into developing the V&A’s wedding dress exhibition. She will describe how she selected the wedding dresses for the exhibition, the insights she gained when researching the associated book and the process of dressing the mannequins and preparing them for their long journey to the other side of the world. The presentation will include images of many of the dresses and accessories that visitors can look forward to seeing in the forthcoming exhibition.

Following the lecture there will be an opportunity to purchase Edwina’s book and have her sign it.


This is a Friends of Te Papa event to which members of the public are welcome. Tickets can be purchased outside Soundings Theatre from 5.30pm on the day or via:

If you would like to become a Friend of Te Papa  you can join online or:

  • Phone the office (04) 381 7051
  • Email us at friends@tepapa.govt.nzwith your name and address and we will send you an application form
  • Join in person at the Information Desk, Level 2 in Te Papa.

Auction – estate of Australian fashion icon

The late Alina Galasso in her modelling years.

Auction of the Estate of the late Alina Galasso at Theodore Bruce Auctions

Onsite Auction this Sunday at 72 Redmyre Road Strathfield, Sydney.

Alina Galasso (1946 – 2009) was an icon of the fashion industry in Australia. Born in Italy, Alina emigrated to Australia with her family in 1952, and after a successful 10 year career as a model, Alina started her own company “Fabric Fantasy”, in 1974. After a few years selling at markets in Sydney and Wollongong, Alina opened her first shop in Ann Street, Surry Hills, in 1978. By 1985 Fabric Fantasy had stores in Newcastle, Nowra and Wollongong, to go with a new larger warehouse at Commonwealth Street in Surry Hills.

The business went from strength to strength, and Fabric Fantasy imported textiles from around the world: Valentino, Marco Lagattolla, Versace, Cuccirelli, and Armani were just a few of the houses that supplied Alina.

Her celebrity client list included Kylie Minogue, Rhonda Burchmore, Jeannie Little, Kathryn Griener, Barry Humphries, Colleen McCullough and Maria Venuti; and she also supplied fabric for Opera Australia, and the films Moulin Rouge, Star Wars Episode III, and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

For over 30 years, until its closure in 2005, Fabric Fantasy supplied Australian fashion designers with some of the most beautiful textiles in the world.

The sale includes over 150 lots of imported hand crafted Italian furniture and fabrics including Vitrine, Sideboards, etc. Fine Antiques including Victorian Rosewood Games Table, Georgian Chest of Drawers, Artworks by Lindsay, Corsini, McDougal, Bronzes and Sculptures.

On view; Saturday July 2nd, 10AM – 4PM  Sunday June 3rd, 10AM until auction start

Auction commences 12 noon

Fully illustrated catalogue available here

For more information contact Robert Williams on 0422 899 412, or James Badgery on 0401 595 418

Full details, including sale dates, online catalogues and the latest news from Theodore Bruce nationally, are available from the comany’s website. 


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.