Posts written by Claire Regnault

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 »

Its Wool Week! Celebrating Wool in Fashion

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As the freshness of autumn turns into the chill of winter, it is time to dig out the winter woollies and the Ugg boots. Fittingly, this Friday kicks off ‘Wool Week’ (10-17 June).  We are thrilled that Mary-Annette Hay, the subject of Te Papa’s 2007 exhibition Queen of Wool and whose elegant all-wool wardrobe is in our collection, has… Read more »