Monthly Archives: February 2012

Another Black event

The Fashion Museum’s book Black, will also be celebrated in Dunedin during iD Fashion Week/NZ Book Month with a panel discussion led by Doris de Pont, who will join local contributors Jane Malthus, Elaine Webster and Ron Palenski, and Claire Regnault from Te Papa.

Wednesday 28 March, 6-7.30 pm, Dunedin City Library. Admission is free but please book via the library. The discussion will be recorded for later podcasting.

Exhibition: Black in Fashion

The Fashion Musuem’s exhibition Black in Fashion has opened in Wellington in a ‘pop up’ venue in the Tower Building at 1 Brandon St [just around the corner from Customhouse Quay]. It will be open daily from noon to 6 pm from 24th February until the 18th March, and entry is by koha.

Associated public programmes

“Do we wear too much black?” Black vs Colour debate – moderated by Dr Prudence Stone , 1 March, 5.30 pm start with debate 6-7pm. Venue: 1 Brandon St

Book launch and panel discussion 12 March 4.30 – 6 pm.  Panel includes Doris de Pont, Dr Prudence Stone, Claire Regnault and Stephanie Gibson. Venue: Museum of Wellington.

Black the book is a gorgeously illustrated celebration and exploration of New Zealand’s obsession with clothing ourselves in black. It features10 richly illustrated essays which cover wide-ranging diverse topics on everything from music to high fashion and spans Victorian to modern day New Zealand (several essays are written by CTANZ members). Recommended retail price: $59.99.

CTANZ Symposium dates confirmed!

This year’s Costume and Textile Association of New Zealand Annual Symposium will take place on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st July 2012 at the Suter Art Gallery – Te Aratoi o Whakatu, Nelson, New Zealand.

This year’s theme is Town and Country. Abstracts are due 12 March as outlined in the last Dress Address posting.

Call for papers: annual CTANZ symposium Town and Country

First Prize – Raffia Work, Hawke’s Agricultural and Pastoral Show, 1933. Collection of the Hawke’s Bay Museums Trust: Ruawharo Ta-u-rangi 97/17/1

We are pleased to announce the 2012 annual Symposium for the Costume and Textile Association of New Zealand (CTANZ) will be held in Nelson in late July.

Hosted in conjunction with the Suter Art Gallery, Nelson, this event promises to deliver two days of entertaining speakers united by their enthusiasm for all things fabric and frocks. Dates will be confirmed as soon as possible via our website and Dress Address.

This year’s theme explores the opposing forces of Town and Country. From the colours and patterns of nature through to the fashions of the high street, Town and Country have provided a backdrop to a world of textile and costume. In a country such as New Zealand, where are our lives are so responsive to these locations, our textile traditions reflect their importance.

Equally interesting are the meeting points of Town and Country – the places and moments when the contrasts between the two locations is brought into focus.  The fable of the Town Mouse and the Country Mouse has long been used to explore this divide: the bright city lights versus the rural idyll; luxury versus simplicity; rich versus poor; inside versus outside.

The 2012 annual symposium of the Costume and Textile Association of New Zealand will explore both Town and Country, exploring the fashions and fads, colours and patterns, textile traditions and innovations of our past and present.

We invite interested presenters to submit an abstract on this theme (no more than 300 words) and short biography to by Friday 23 March 2012.  Word documents are preferred and please ensure that the document, not just the email, includes your name, paper title and contact email address. Successful applicants will be notified by March 30th.

Applicants are not required to be members of the Costume and Textile Association of New Zealand (CTANZ).  Final presentations will be eligible for inclusion in Context, the CTANZ bi-annual publication.

Symposium dates, registration information and an announcement of our keynote speakers for 2012 will be available soon.

New Book: Whatu Kākahu: Māori Cloaks

The Costume & Textile Association would like to offer congratulations to fellow members Margery Blackman, Dr Maureen Lander  and Dr Patricia Te Arapo Wallace. All three have contributed to Whatu Kākahu: Māori Cloaks, a lavishly illustrated book edited by Awhina Tamarapa and published by Te Papa Press.

Whatu Kakahu

This sumptuous book opens Te Papa’s storeroom doors to reveal its magnificent collection of kakahu (cloaks), and the art and traditions of weaving. With contributions from five expert authors, the book shows how weaving is steeped in the fundamental spiritual values of Māori. The first Māori settlers adapted their established weaving traditions to incorporate materials they encountered in their new home. Alongside practical items, they wove exceptional cloaks that bestowed great mana on wearer and weaver. The book focuses on forty precious and seldom-seen cloaks from Te Papa, and is packed with all-new photographs, diagrams, and insights from master weavers.

Price: $ 84.99

NOM*d: The Art of Fashion travels to Whangarei

NOM*d: the Art of Fashion, curated by Natalie Smith and Hilary Radner,  has opened at the Whangarei Art GallMuseum. It is on show until 25 March. For more information click here.

Exhibition: Jo Torr at the Southland Museum and Art Gallery

Sculpture from The Blind Idealist’s Black Dog by Jo Torr.

The Blind Idealist’s Black Dog by Jo Torr

Southland Museum and Art Gallery

17 February 2012 to 29 April 2012

The work Jo Torr completed for the William Hodges Fellowship 2011 draws attention to the brief and ill-fated 1850s Enderby settlement on the Auckland Islands.

The sculpture, which takes the form of garments, reflects on the existence of the settlement in such a remote and inhospitable place and expands the concept of mutual exchange to include the environment.

The title of the exhibition refers to Charles Enderby’s characterisation as an idealist blind to the impossibilities of the settlement’s success. The ‘black dog’ simultaneously refers to the name of one of the sailing vessels employed by the settlers and to the depression Charles Enderby inevitably suffered when the settlement collapsed.


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