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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

  • 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 »

January in History

Happy New year all!  I hope you all had a good holiday break and had your cameras out snapping away.  Maybe your images will one day be part of the Museum collection……you never know.    I’ve been doing a lot of image research lately around significant events, where an image is used to assist in… 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 opening

  • Wedding of Terrianne Takulua & Sonatane Takulua, Waipoua Forest, 2011 from Te Papa's Wedding Gallery.
  • Guests flooding into Unveiled. Photo: Michael Hall, Te Papa
  • An artful shot of the exhibition. Photo: Michael Hall, Te Papa
  • The entrance to Unveiled: 200 Years of Wedding Fashion. Photo: Michael Hall, Te Papa

Unveiled: 200 Years of Wedding Fashion from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London was officially opened this morning with a special wedding breakfast for 300 guests. Perhaps surprisingly for an exhibition from wintery London, guests were adorned with lei and fresh ‘ei (flower garland) on arrival and were drawn upstairs by a turou and the rythmic beats of… Read more »

Unveiled: Here Come the Brides lecture

Keira Miller of the V&A prepares a ball gown for exhibition.

Here Come the Brides: Packing and Mounting Unveiled Join Keira Miller from the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, for fascinating behind-the-scenes insights into the preparation of Unveiled: 200 Years of Wedding Fashion from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London on Saturday 17 December at 1pm. Keira’s talk will cover textile conservation, the unexpected complexities of mannequin… 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 »