Posts written by Claire Regnault

Unveiled: Wedding Dress of the Week

The over-skirt forms a train at the back.

While in the mid-twentieth century many young women continued to pursue the dream of a white wedding, complete with a full-skirted Cinderella gown, Dawn ‘Velma’ Harris of Auckland was not amongst them. When she married James Turner on 27 May in 1961, she walked down the aisle of St Andrews Church in this eye-catching – and for… Read more »

Canterbury Earthquake: The Heartstrings Guitars Display and Concert this Sunday

Heartstrings Seven Guitars made by Bruce Pickering.

As the nation approaches the first anniversary of the 22 February quake in Canterbury, Te Papa would like to invite you to join us this Sunday between 10.00am–6.00pm for an amazing event – Heartstrings.  Seven extraordinary handcrafted guitars commemorating the loss of life and buildings in the Canterbury earthquakes will go on display at Te Papa,… Read more »

Unveiled: Wedding Dress of the Week

  • Cover of Displaying Women by Maureen Montgomery. Published 1998.
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Many apologies for the lateness of this post. It was programmed to be published last Friday as I was fittingly in Dunedin for a wedding, but autopublish failed me! This week’s wedding dress provides the inspiration for Maureen Montgomery’s forthcoming Te Papa lecture on The World of Charles Frederick Worth – Pioneer of Haute Couture.  (Sunday… Read more »

Unveiled: Wedding Dress of the Week

One of my most favourite fashion terms is passementerie. Its a French term that looks and sounds good, and which economically describes a luxurious array of frivolities used to adorn dress and interiors, including pom poms, bobbles, braid, ribbon, fringing, buttons, tassels and gimp. The English equivalent is the equally delightful ‘haberdashery’.  This week’s Wedding Dress is a… Read more »

Unveiled events programme kicks off!

Clara Mathews' wedding dress by Charles Frederick Worth, 1879. Collection of V&A. Given by Mrs G.T. Morton.

Following the holiday period, Te Papa is getting into full swing for 2012. The lifts are crammed, the phones are ringing, emails are flying and meeting requests are flooding in.  Best of all, it also means that the 2012 Events Programme for Unveiled: 200 Years of Wedding Fashion from the Victoria & Albert Museum, London is about to take off. The… Read more »

Unveiled: Wedding Dress of the Week

Evening dress by House of Fortuny, 1930s. Gift of Estate of Agnes Miles Carpenter, 1958. Collection of the Costume Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. C.I.58.61.3a, b.

This week’s ‘wedding dress of the week’ is an homage to classicism. Designed by Ian & Marcel this dress and coat is one of the most subtle yet rewarding ensembles included in Unveiled: 200 Years of Wedding Fashion from the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Ian & Marcel was founded in 1979 by two Canadians – Ian Cooper and… Read more »

Unveiled: Wedding Dress of the Week

  • Sketch by Charles James, 1942. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Clive Runnels and Mrs. Edward L. Ryerson, 1957
  • Half sewn muslin for Charles James' 'Ribbon' dress, 1947. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Millicent Huttleston Rogers, 1949
  • Half sewn muslin for Charles James' 'Ribbon' dress, 1947. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Millicent Huttleston Rogers, 1949
  • Sketch by Charles James. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Clive Runnels and Mrs. Edward L. Ryerson, 1957

Wedding dress by Charles James for Baba Beaton, 1934 The Parisian fashion designer Madeleine Vionnet (1876 – 1975) is credited with having invented the bias cut. She commented: ‘Maybe because everyone else made dresses that flowed in the same direction, I saw that if I turned the fabric on an angle… it gained elasticity’. Elasticity is something that this… Read more »