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As seen in Vogue

  • Image from Prelude to Spring 1957 courtesy of the New Zealand Film Archive
  • Image from Prelude to Spring 1957 courtesy of the New Zealand Film Archive
  • Michal McKay
  • Michal McKay

 What was it like in London in the swinging sixties, working with top fashion photographers like David Bailey and Helmut Newton? Going to the Paris Collections?  These are just some of Michal McKay’s heady experiences she recalls in an interview screening in Te Papa’s latest exhibition, New Zealand in Vogue, a celebration of fashion when New Zealand had… Read more »

Its Wool Week! Celebrating Wool in Fashion

El Jay and Christian Dior

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 »

Conference: Celebrating Costume and Textiles

The New Zealand Costume & Textile Association is a special interest group for the research and study of costume and textiles. Its membership draws together some of the country’s leading artists, curators, academics, researchers and textile conservators, along passionate collectors and enthusiasts.  The annual symposium is a highlight of the organisation’s activities, attracting presenters from across… Read more »

Public talk: Textiles and the State Bed

The museum sector is currently gearing up to its annual conference in Nelson in a couple of weeks. I am particularly excited about this year’s conference as one of my most favourite historians is making an appearance as a keynote speaker – Annabel Westman. Annabel is also going to present three public talks (Auckland, Nelson and Wellington)… Read more »

William Colenso anniversary celebrations

As the History Team prepares to bring out William Colenso’s magnificent printing press for the forthcoming exhibition Oceania – Early Encounters (opening 6 August 2011), I am reminded that the Hawke’s Bay Museum & Art Gallery are planning ‘to celebrate the life and ideas of Colenso – one of the fathers of New Zealand – on… Read more »

Dame Judith Binney 1940-2011

This pair of boots belonged to historian Dame Judith Binney, who will be remembered for her monumental contributions to New Zealand history over the last four decades through her writing, research and teaching. These boots were the historian’s favourites, and had a colourful history of their own. The question is: who will fill them now, after… Read more »

2011 Māori and Pacific Textile Symposium

2011 Māori and Pacific Textile Symposium The beating of aute, or tapa, is a heartbeat that resounds across the ocean of Kiwa. The harakeke of Aotearoa, symbolising family, acknowledges the relationship of the Pacific people as one, through weaving. These genealogical and material connections will be explored at the inaugural 2011 Māori and Pacific Textile… Read more »

Rosemary McLeod talks about darning in the Depression

Darned clothing from Depression era Copyright Te Papa

How many of us are darning socks these days? Some of the most poignant objects on display in Slice of Heaven  – 20th Century Aotearoa are items of clothing that have survived the Great Depression.  They’re such tangible reminders of how hard times were then.  Some things, especially underwear and linings, were darned and patched many, many times…. Read more »

Digital inspiration – NDF Conference 2010

Digital inspiration for cultural institutions – museums, galleries and libraries -was in good supply at the recent National Digital Forum Conference 2010 held at Te Papa, 18-19 October 2010. This year’s keynote speakers were outstanding – witty, engaged and provocative. If you missed the conference, want to revisit their presentations or share them around, the recordings of… Read more »