Posts written by Claire Regnault

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 »

Wearable of the Week #2

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Models in full war paint and extravagant hairstyles strutted their stuff through clouds of dry ice in time to pulsating music… showing different garments including masks, hats and sunglasses, as well as more orthodox attire.                                                                                                                        Peter Gibbs, The New Zealand Listener The above quote comes from a review of the first ever WearbableArt™ Awards… Read more »

‘Wearable of the Week’ # 1

Isabelle by Lorene Ireland, USA, 200?. Photography by

On 24 August, 2013 The WOW Factor, which celebrates 25 years of the WearableArt™ Awards, opened to the public. The exhibition features over 25 fantastic garments from the award’s history, and for the next 25 weeks I am going to endeavour to post a ‘Wearable of the Week’. ‘The Wearables’ is an affectionate short hand… Read more »

Lecture: Arpilleras: Evolution and Revolution

Olla común en una población/Soup kitchen in a barrio
Chilean Arpillera, Taller Fundación Missio, Santiago, 1982 Photo Martin Melaugh

Chilean curator Roberta Bacic is a keynote speaker at the Third International Visual Methods conference in Wellington hosted by Victoria University and Te Papa. We are fortunate to also have her speak on the fascinating and politically-significant stories of arpilleras.     Arpilleras – tapestries or quilts sewn by women that ‘speak out’ visually about… Read more »

The Canterbury earthquakes: a small act of kindness

  • This Too Will Pass by Sarah Read, 2012. Te Papa.
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  • This Too Will Pass ny Sarah Read

12.51pm today marks the second anniversary of the 6.3 earthquake that caused severe damage and resulted in the loss of 185 lives in Christchurch and its suburbs, with many more injured and displaced. Two years on the citizens of Canterbury are still struggling to rebuild their city and lives. While stories of frustrations with bureaucracy… Read more »