Posts written by Claire Regnault

Lecture: Undressing Mr Darcy ‘a scandalous delight’

Ian Kelly's 'biography of the year' on Beau Brummell.

When Colin Firth emerged from the lake dripping wet as Mr Darcy in the BBC’s 1995 dramatisation of Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice, many women world-wide certainly dreamed of undressing Mr Darcy. Rather than literally undressing Austen’s dashing hero, Ian Kelly, accalimed British biographer and actor, will take a revealing look at the life and times which… Read more »

2012 Costume and Textile Symposium – registrations open!

Portrait of Louise de Kerouaille by Henri Gascar ca. 1670 (Auckland Gallery of Art, Auckland New Zealand)

Registrations are now open for this year’s annual NZ Costume and Textile Association symposium – Town & Country. The symposium is being held in Nelson, which will hopefully live up to its sunny reputation come July. To download a registration form click here. This year the CTANZ is delighted to be hosting three speakers whose expertise will bring… Read more »

Unveiled: Wedding Dress of the Week

Butterick Pattern Company for 'Ladies' Waist with leg-o-mutton sleeves, high collar and peplum', circa 1896.

During Unveiled: 200 Years of Wedding Fashion from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London there has been much gasping and musing over the number of teeny tiny waists on display, and those elegant instruments of torture, corsets. I, however, have been captivated by sleeves – dropped, ruched, puffed and frilled. The creators of 19th century… Read more »

Upcoming lecture: War Brides

Claire Dunlop and Pilot Officer Allen Dunlop on their wedding day, 16 September 1944. Image courtesy of Claire Dunlop.

In conjunction with the exhibition Unveiled: 200 Years of Wedding Fashion from the Victoria & Albert Museum, Dr Gabrielle Fortune will present an illustrated lecture on how wartime austerity impacted on wedding fashion at Te Papa this Sunday at 2pm. Specifically, she will be looking at the  wedding dresses of women who married New Zealand servicemen… Read more »

Unveiled: Wedding Dress of the Week

With the mornings crispy and the evenings increasingly darker, winter is distinctly on it way. This week’s wedding gown from Te Papa’s collection is perfect for the winter bride. This stunning medieval-style gown was designed by Italian high fashion house Carosa, and was worn by New Zealand’s ‘Queen of Wool’, Mary-Annette Burgess, for her marriage to Donald Hay in 1953. At the time… Read more »

Unveiled: Wedding Dress of the Week

Wedding dress from Lanvin's 2008 Resort Collection from Style.com

Last Friday evening I found myself sitting at the judges table at the ZM Bride of the Century competition, as 19 gorgeous brides vied for a second honeymoon courtesy of Cook Island Tourism. In keeping with the theme of the competition, I have chosen a 21st century wedding gown this week. It is a flirty little wedding dress –… Read more »

Unveiled: Wedding Dress of the Week

E Clark

This week’s wedding dress from Te Papa’s collection is not an extravagant affair, but an exercise in simplicity. It is a homemade wedding dress made by Elizabeth Clark, the eldest daughter of a mason from Adelaide. Elizabeth Clark married William Millar in Melbourne, Australia on the 25 March 1872. News of their marriage was recorded in the Family Notices… Read more »

Unveiled: Wedding Dress of the Week

'Rajputana' coat as featured in the pages of British Vogue, November 1970. Modelled by Maudie James, photographed by Barry Lategan.

Following a Te Papa Art After Dark session on the little details that matter (hats, shoes, jewellery, fabric and a well dressed man), I am on the couch awaiting my Thursday night telly treat – Project Runway. This week the battling designers are being asked to ‘join forces with art students to create artwork that will lend inspiration to… Read more »