As seen in Vogue

 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?  These are just some of Michal McKay’s heady experiences she recalls in an interview screening in Te Papa’s latest exhibition, New Zealand in Vogue, a celebration of fashion when New Zealand had its very own Vogue magazine, 1957-1968.
Michal McKay

Michal McKay interviewed for ‘New Zealand in Vogue’ (c)  Te Papa


Now an internationally renowned editor, Michal McKay was just 21 when she became fashion and beauty editor of Vogue New Zealand.  At that time the magazine was firmly tied to British Vogue with its editor, Sheila Scotter, based in Australia.  In the interview, Michal describes being ‘Voguerised’ before leaving London to return home to shape the magazine’s distinctive New Zealand style.

Also screening in the exhibition are some gorgeous fashion parades we’ve found in the film archives from the ’50s and ’60s. 

Image from Prelude to Spring 1957 courtesy of the New Zealand Film Archive


Don’t miss the chance to hear more from Michal McKay at Art After Dark on 21 July when she’ll be talking to curator Claire Regnault about the glamorous world of Vogue New Zealand.

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