Posts written by Claire Regnault

Unveiled: unwrapping the New Zealand commissions

  • Lindah Lepou's dress Siaposu'isu'i in the throes of being made.
  • Detail of the beaded headdress by Lindah Lepou. Collection of Te Papa.
  • A handmade butterfly and flower completes Jane Yeh's delicate veil to perfection.
  • WORLD couldn't resist bedazzling the bride's shoes. Collection of Te Papa.

Carefully packed into custom-made crates, the exhibition Unveiled: 200 Years of Wedding Fashion from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, has departed Melbourne for Wellington by sea. In the meantime, its been all go in Te Papa’s Textile Store with the arrival of our New Zealand commissions – or at least two of them. One is still in the… Read more »

Unveiled: royalty, romance and politics

Franz Xaver Winterhalter, Queen Victoria, 1843, oil on canvas. (c) Collection of HM Queen Elizabeth II.

In conjunction with Unveiled: 200 years of Wedding Fashion from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Te Papa is delighted to present a series of lectures that explores aspects of the social worlds covered by this glamorous exhibition.   The lecture by Eugene Barilo von Reisberg on Saturday 10 December  (10.30am), hosted by the Friends of Te Papa, focuses on Queen… Read more »

Unveiled – the New Zealand designers

  • Behind the scenes at WORLD's NZ Fashion Week show, Good Vs Evil.
  • Jane Yeh is creating a wholly romantic gown.
  • Butterflies and flowers will feature in Jane Yeh's gown
  • Jane Yeh in her Parnell workroom, Auckland.

As we build up to the much anticipated December opening of Unveiled: 200 Years of Wedding Fashion from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, it is time to ‘unveil’ our three New Zealand designers! As part of the exhibition Te Papa has commissioned three very different New Zealand designers to create their idea of the ‘ultimate’ wedding… Read more »

William Colenso Bicentenary – conference registrations open

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This year marks the bicentenary of William Colenso’s birth (1811-1899). In celebration our colleagues at the Hawke’s Bay Museum and Art Gallery, Napier are hosting a bicentennial event this coming November (9 – 13 November 2011). The aim of the bicentenary is to explore the highly complex character of Colenso ‘in the round’ – as ‘a talented polymath, at… Read more »

NZ Fashion Week: It’s a Kinda Magick

  • Wedding gown by John Zimmerman.
  • Jimmy D It's a Kinda Magick, 2011 NZ Fashion Week.
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  • Outfit by Jimmy D from Until the Light Takes Us, Autumn/Winter 2011, recently acquired by Te Papa. The print is by Andrew McLeod.

This week I am attending my first ever full Fashion Week. A Fashion Week that might, according to newspaper reports, be New Zealand’s last  – at least while the recession digs its toes in. Yesterday I attended two shows that while wildly diverse reflect two aspects of current activity at Te Papa. My first show… Read more »

Canterbury Earthquake anniversary: send us your photos

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“Your humanity is more powerful than any act of nature.” – John Key On 4 September a year will have passed since the first large earthquake rocked Canterbury and the nation. To mark this event and the significant effect it has had on New Zealanders’ lives we would like to invite you to contribute photos and films to OurSpace that reflect… Read more »

Unveiled: more behind the scenes action

Wedding dress, England, 1865. Silk-satin dress trimmed with Honiton appliqué lace, machine-net and bobbin lace. Worn at the wedding of Eliza Penelope Clay and Joseph Bright, St James's Church, Piccadilly, London, 16 February 1865. Museum no. T.43-1947

Its been great to receive so much positive feedback about Edwina Ehrman’s wonderful talk at Te Papa last week about Unveiled: 200 Years of Wedding Dress. From the comments we’ve received, it sounds like you are as excited as we are! Behind the scenes it was great to have Edwina here to take us through the… Read more »