Posts written by Claire Regnault

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 »

Unveiled: Wedding Dress of the Week

  • Vinka's dress
  • New Zealand Bride: The Authentic Guide to the New Zealand Wedding was published annually as a 'reference book' for brides and their families, by Lucas-Althman. The cover features a gown called 'Champtalisa' made from Italian crocheted lace. It is by Vinka Lucas.
  • Vinka Lucas on her wedding day. She designed and made her own wedding gown. Photograph by Belwood Studios, Auckland. Courtesy of Vinka Brides.
  • Vinka Lucas in her extraordinary wedding gown. Photograph by Belwood Studios, Auckland. Courtesy of Vinka Brides.

This week I am deviating from my own rules, as this Friday’s Wedding Dress is from neither the V&A’s or Te Papa’s collection. It is from Vinka Lucas’ Wedding Empire! The marvellous Vinka Lucas is the topic of Lucy Hammond’s Unveiled lecture on Sunday 18 March at 11am. Vinka, pictured below, is one of New Zealand… Read more »

Black in Fashion

Black the book - exploring the history of black in fashion, society and culture in New Zealand.

While Unveiled unpacks the influence of the colour white on wedding fashion, another exhibition has just recently opened in Wellington that explores fashion’s long term obsession with black. Black in Fashion is a ‘pop-up’ exhibition curated by former fashion designer Doris de Pont. Doris and her creative team have populated a raw and empty shop… Read more »

Unveiled: Wedding Dress of the Week

This week, as I walked around Unveiled with Wellington fashion designer Alexandra Owen who was prepping for her Thursday floor talk, she stopped in her tracks in front of this dress. The dress was worn by Monica Maurice for her wedding to Canadian doctor, Arthur Jackson (1904-1985) in South Yorkshire in 1938. It is made from fine silk gauze,… Read more »

Unveiled: Wedding Dress of the Week

Interior of the bodice.

This lilac satin dress from Te Papa’s collection was worn by Rosa Criscillo at her wedding to Antonino Moleta in Wellington on 5 May 1909. It is a dress that marked not only Rosa’s transition from a single woman to a wife, but heralded the beginning of a new life on the other side of the world. This dress was made… Read more »