Posts written by Claire Regnault

Visiting curator: Wendy Kaplan from LACMA

Wendy Kaplan is Department Head and Curator, Decorative Arts and Design, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Wendy is a leading expert on late 19th to mid 20th-century design, and one of the co-curators of California Design, 1930–1965: Living in a Modern Way, which was recently on display at Auckland Art Gallery… Read more »

Wearable of the Week # 7

Dress Rehearsal

As October is Breast Cancer Month this week’s fabulous wearable takes the form a bizarre but very thoughtful bra – its Lynn Christiansen’s The Abbey of St Brassiere.   The witty and outrageous Bizarre Bra™ section has been a firm favourite with WOW® entrants and audiences since it was established in 1995.  Since then, more than… Read more »

Wearable of the Week # 6

  • pretzel-eyes
  • Sketch by Sean Purucker for Bells for Her. Courtesy of Sean Purucker.
  • Bell Back Model
  • Ryan and Mom snow

Over 100 WOW® fans crammed into Te Papa’s Eyelight’s Gallery last Saturday to hear the maker of this week’s wearable speak. Its Bells for Her by Sean Purucker. Sean Purucker lives in LA where he works as a costume fabricator. He grew up, however in Alaska. Bells For Her harks back to his Alaskan childhood – to… Read more »

The Berry Boys – help us identify our unknown soldiers and their families

Last night was a great night for us as Pete Cronshaw of  TV One’s Sunday programme dedicated a full half hour to Te Papa’s ‘Berry Boys’ identification project.  If you missed the programme, or would like to view it again you can watch it here online. As Pete Cronshaw explained, Te Papa’s History Team have been working on identifying the sitters… Read more »

Wearable of the Week # 5

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Wellington has moved into full WOW® mode this week, and Te Papa is in the midst of the whirlwind. Yesterday morning we welcomed 50 international WOW® designers onto Te Papa’s marae, and hosted 250 designers, would-be entrants, fans and creatives at a Design Forum in the afternoon. Lynn Christiansen, the creator of this week’s spikey ‘wearable’, was the afternoon’s… Read more »

An evening with Lorraine Downes

Lorraine Downes is the subject of Our Miss Universe, a new showcase at Te Papa which features her iconic Miss Universe gown, crown, sash and trophy, all of which she recently gifted to Te Papa. On Tuesday 24 September from 6pm–7.30pm, New Zealand’s most famous beauty queen will present an illustrated talk at Te Papa in conjunction with… Read more »

‘Wearable of the Week’ # 3

Detail of Sandow’s Microvaudevillean Thrillorama!, 2001 © Te Papa.

 ‘Just because people don’t walk down the street in amazingly unique, totally dysfunctional uncomfortable clothing doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be done’. The above quote is from the wonderfully inventive Donna Demente Ogilvy who made this week’s  ‘Wearable’,  the fabulous Pallas Athene. Influenced by a mix of classical mythology, mysticism and 17th century alchemy, and named after… Read more »