Monthly Archives: July 2012

Beau Brummell lecture @ Te Papa

Undressing Mr Darcy: Beau Brummell and the Birth of Tailoring

Sunday 26 August 10.30 am to 12.30pm, Soundings Theatre, Te Papa

Friends & WeDFAS members $20, public $25, students $15

Cover of Ian Kelly’s well received biography of Beau Brummell.

Join award-winning author Ian Kelly for a witty and revealing look at the life and times of Regency London’s ultimate dandy: Beau Brummell.

Brummell cut a dramatic swathe through late Georgian society. A favourite of the Prince of Wales, he became the Age of Elegance’s arbiter of taste – setting in motion a fashion revolution that defines the way men and women dress across the world to this day.

In this lecture, Ian Kelly presents new images from his lavishly-illustrated biography to reveal the man behind the ‘Beau’ image, and unlock the scandalous world half-hidden by the decorous façade of the world’s first metropolis.

This is a story of the modern age as much as it is Brummell’s own – one in which men’s fashions and masculinity were redefined. But as Kelly demonstrates, the clothes and the fame were only part of this intriguing, complex man.

For booking information go Te Papa’s website.

Kahu Ora / Living Cloaks at Te Papa, 8 June – 22 October 2012

Kahu Ora showcases the world’s largest collection of Māori cloaks – among the most precious taonga (treasures) to Māori and stunning in their artistry and diversity.

These are living cloaks. They carry powerful stories of their weavers and wearers. They are a continuing link between ancestors and descendants. They reveal great innovation – past and present.

This art of cloak-making is thriving again today. At the heart of the exhibition is the live Weavers’ Studio, where you can meet and watch expert weavers in action.

The latest research on Māori weaving underpins Kahu Ora. Learn about great weavers of the past and present. Explore moving stories associated with prestigious cloaks and their chiefly owners. Discover the science and technology that underpin their artistry. Meet the researchers who have helped uncover and revive cloak-making practices once thought to be lost.

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