Category Archives: Auckland

Auckland exhibition and performance – Robert Carter

Robert Carter – Sometimes A Great Notion


When Elsie MacPherson purchased Simplicity pattern 2523 at the Avondale hospice shop in November 1982, she did so with the intention of producing a practical and attractive garment for her six year old granddaughter, Elisa.

It is unlikely she would have foreseen that, 30 years later, the instructions for making this child’s one-piece playsuit would form the structure of an orchestrated improvisation of sewing machines.

We live in strange times.

Robert Carter describes himself as “an occlusion of the geek, engineer, tinkerer with the mystic, agnostic, seeker”. He improvises with artifacts of technological accretion, and searches for ways to revive the dead, respect the old, and find humility in the consumer onslaught.

NOTE: There will be a performance by Robert (day and time yet to be decided). If interested, keep an eye on the Audio Foundation website:

Exhibition runs until Saturday 31 May at the Audio Foundation: Sub-Basement of the Parisian Tie Factory, 4 Poynton Terrace (Off Pitt St or behind St Kevins Arcade) AK Central

Special thanks to Creative New Zealand and Becks for their support.

A treat for tribal textile lovers in Auckland – THIS WEEKEND!






Hand-looms, applique, tie-dye, stitch-resist, block-print, ikat, batik, embroidery, wax cloth, running stitch, patchwork, beadwork, indigo, etc.

Friday 16th, Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th May

10.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

11F Joan Street, Point Chevalier

Ph. 815 2581 Mob. 021 747114  Email:

It is that time of the year again when Andrew and Rosie Bogle have their show of exquisite textiles from around the globe. If you like to collect or just admire they would love to see you.

As well as rare and collectible items, a selection of affordable homewares, scarves, shawls, and a few other special things, will also be available.

Something to brighten up those winter days. This will be their only exhibition before Christmas.

On the Sunday from 3.30 p.m. a Mexican-themed afternoon tea will be served.

Parking at the bottom of our rather steep driveway can be arranged by prior notice.

More movies

Resene Architecture and Design Film Festival 2014

The Resene Architecture and Design Film Festival returns to Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin in May and June 2014, with some inviting looking movies on architecture, design history and movements, galleries and, of course, fashion. Just the one, but it looks like one which pulls out stops.

Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution (director Deborah Riley Draper, 91 minutes)

“In an era known for protests and sit-ins, the 1973 Grand Divertissement at Versailles, made a statement of its own – a fashion statement that changed fashion history. The legendary event pitted the five lions of French couture (Givenchy, Dior, Ungaro, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Cardin) against five American designers (Halston, Oscar de la Renta, Anne Klein, Stephen Burrows and Bill Blass) and became known as ready-to-wear’s iconic coming out party.”

Add to that the whole thing was a major jet set event, so lots of people-watching as well – performers included Liza Minelli, Josephine Baker, and Rudolf Nureyev. Very glam.

10 May @ 1:15pm
14 May @ 3:15pm;
18 May @ 8:00pm
31 May @ 3:00pm; 3 June @ 12:15pm;
7 June @ 1:00pm
14 June @ 2:45pm; 18 June @ 5:30pm;
20 June @ 10:15am
Note for Aucklanders and Wellingtonians – the most popular films in each of these centres will be replayed in the last three days of screenings, so if Versailles is well-attended, there’ll be a third chance there.



Keep an eye on the blog during the next week as we publish details of how to register for the 13th Annual Symposium of the Costume & Textile Association of New Zealand, to be held at the Auckland Museum on Friday 30th and Saturday 31st May, 2014

We’ve a wonderful array of speakers and topics and can’t wait to reveal all in the coming weeks.

Prices remain the same as last year and remember that Members of CTANZ or the Auckland Museum Institute are eligible for a great discount on the Registration fee. If you haven’t yet renewed your Membership (or would like to join), now would be an excellent time to do so – just go to our website ( and follow the links to the Membership page.

And for the Symposium dinner, this year we will be retiring to the award-winning CIBO restaurant in Parnell. For $65 (the same price as least year’s delicious dinner) we’ll be offering a specially selected two-course menu. (Price includes side orders and tea and coffee). Bookings can be made on the Registration Form (coming to this blog and the website very soon!)

For those of you arriving from beyond Auckland, why not take the opportunity to spend the long weekend exploring the many exhibitions and other events that Auckland has to offer. We’ll be compiling a list of things to do that will be included in your conference pack.

Until then, save the dates, save your pennies and remember to keep an eye out for the Symposium Registration Form in the next week!

Funny Face from NZIFF

09Between film festivals and fashion events over March and April, we’ve had opportunities for another look at The September Issue (Auckland)  and DV: The Eye has to Travel (Dunedin), and the French Film Festival has included Mademoiselle C, the doco on Carine Roitfeld.

But fashion magazines and their editors have been at the movies since ages back. One of the earliest and most gorgeous portrayals was Stanley Donen’s Funny Face, getting an airing this autumn during the NZ International Film Festival’s Classic Movie Weekends.

Audrey Hepburn swanning around in Paris in Givenchy frocks, and dancing with Fred Astaire to music by Gershwin, on a big screen. S’wonderful, right?

Session Times

Auckland: Friday April 11 – 1:00pm; Sunday April 13 – 1:00pm
Dunedin: Saturday April 12 – 2:15pm
Wellington: Saturday April 19 – 6:00pm
Napier: Saturday April 26 – 2:15pm
Christchurch: Sunday May 18 – 2:15pm


PLEASE NOTE: Symposium abstracts due 15th MARCH!

Dear Member/Reader

Mea culpa! I posted the incorrect date in my last posting regarding the Symposium.

Abstracts are due on the 15th March.  We’re aiming to inform you of the results by the 31st March.

Please email me ( if you’re having trouble meeting the deadline and we’ll see what we can do.

Have a good day,

Angela – President CTANZ

Frock frenzies kicking off

It’s time to practice your air kissing, with fashion events coming up in Auckland, Dunedin and Wellington over the next six weeks.

Kicking off is Auckland’s new 10 Days of Fashion in the City event running 28 Feb – 9 March. There’s a run  of fashion films (The September Issue, Bill Cunningham NYC, Valentino: the Last Emperor and The Royal Tenenbaums ), a new NZ Fashion Museum popup featuring highlights of their first themed exhibitions, special displays at the Central City Library, talks about famous clothing in art, a children’s event (get them young, that’s right), and an array of launches, markets and the like.

At then end of March, it’s iDXV (30 March – 6 April). Yes, Dunedin has been doing this for a decade and a half now. Business as usual: Emerging Designers on Thursday night, then two nights of the show proper at the previously longest catwalk in New Zealand/southern hemisphere/world (depending on which year you’re reading about). Alongside: screenings of NHNZ’s new series LA Frock Stars, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, and Yves Saint Laurent 5 avenue Marceau 75116 Paris at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery; exhbitions and talks at Toitu and Otago Museum, Tanya Carlsson on wedding dresses, Francis Hooper on World, a panel discussion on shoes, launches, popups, shows, teas, cocktails. Oh, and the international guest designer is Martin Grant.

So far, there’s a solid tranche of shows and exhibitions for Wellington Fashion Week (9-13 April), but more events to be confirmed. If you’re in one of these places, bookmark the links. If you’re somewhere else, is it holiday time yet?


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