Report from our latest book launch

Antonia Prebble launched our newest Te Papa Press book New Zealand Fashion Design by Angela Lassig on Thursday night at the Grand Tearoom at the Heritage in Auckland.  That amazing piece of Queen City retro looked all the more beautiful decked out in the A1 poster blowups from the book and so did all the dollies (thanks again, Purfex), dressed museum-style in archival garments loaned by the designers. (Thanks to all 25 of you.)

Early guests admire the garments on display

Garments on display at The Grand Tearoom, in the Heritage Hotel, Auckland

Te Papa Press Publisher Claire Murdoch with authors Peter Shand and Angela Lassig and MC Antonia Prebble

Te Papa Press Publisher Claire Murdoch with authors Peter Shand and Angela Lassig and MC Antonia Prebble

It must be said that the real people looked pretty fine too! As a big book geek I was delighted by the great turnout of industry supporters and designers. Murray Crane, Liz and Neville Findlay from Zambesi, Benny from WORLD, Doris de Pont, Tanya Carlson, Kate Sylvester, Adrian Hailwood, Cybele Wiren, Kylie from Stitch Ministry, Beth Ellery, James Dobson, Liz Mitchell –- we only got to talk to some of you and a few more sadly couldn’t make it, but we salute you all, all over again, for your inspiring creative and entrepreneurial work.

Angela Lassig, Liz Findlay (Zambesi – featured designer in ‘New Zealand Fashion Design’) and Colin Mathura-Jefree

Angela Lassig, Liz Findlay (Zambesi – featured designer in ‘New Zealand Fashion Design’) and Colin Mathura-Jefree

Kate Sylvester (featured designer in New Zealand Fashion Design’), author Angela Lassig and Wayne Conway

Kate Sylvester (featured designer in New Zealand Fashion Design’), author Angela Lassig and Wayne Conway

Now the impossible has been achieved (book made, outfits chosen, Auckland and Wellington united in creativity and celebration, all that crème de cassis and bubbles…gone) and now that our 5kg baby is out in the world, it’s even better to see all the online discussion about the book and its contents – keep it coming, critics and watchers!

Book review by Isaac Likes
Quick note on Front Row Diary
Preparing for the event, by fashion loaf
Fashion Heritage, on thread.co.nz
A celebration of fashion in New Zealand, on The A List

Staff at the Unity Books stand, selling ‘New Zealand Fashion Design’ to eager readers

Staff at the Unity Books stand, selling ‘New Zealand Fashion Design’ to eager readers

Adrian Hailwood (featured designer in ‘New Zealand Fashion Design’), Bronwyn Illingworth and Josh Kronfeld

Adrian Hailwood (featured designer in ‘New Zealand Fashion Design’), Bronwyn Illingworth and Josh Kronfeld

See more great photos of the event on Te Papa’s Flickr site

It’s awfully true that we couldn’t fit in all the great designers we wanted to — and some essential names are getting named — but we at Te Papa Press believe in compost, so the feedback’s great for the next time.

Claire Murdoch, Publisher, Te Papa Press

Attend Talking Fashion, a series of conversations with New Zealand fashion designers
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