Posts categorized as Exhibitions

March 1940: This month last century

72 years ago, Prime Minister Michael Joseph Savage (1872-1940) dies from cancer (27 March 1940) Michael Joseph Savage was New Zealand’s first Labour Prime Minister. He was born in Victoria, Australia, and arrived in New Zealand in 1907. Savage was active as a trade unionist and socialist, and first stood for parliament in 1911. In 1919, he became… Read more »

Unveiled: Wedding Dress of the Week

Wedding dress from Lanvin's 2008 Resort Collection from Style.com

Last Friday evening I found myself sitting at the judges table at the ZM Bride of the Century competition, as 19 gorgeous brides vied for a second honeymoon courtesy of Cook Island Tourism. In keeping with the theme of the competition, I have chosen a 21st century wedding gown this week. It is a flirty little wedding dress –… Read more »

Unveiled: Wedding Dress of the Week

E Clark

This week’s wedding dress from Te Papa’s collection is not an extravagant affair, but an exercise in simplicity. It is a homemade wedding dress made by Elizabeth Clark, the eldest daughter of a mason from Adelaide. Elizabeth Clark married William Millar in Melbourne, Australia on the 25 March 1872. News of their marriage was recorded in the Family Notices… Read more »

Students enjoying the Unveiled education workshops

Students at an Unveiled workshop

The Unveiled education workshops have given Secondary School Fashion and Textiles classes the opportunity to learn about the changes in wedding fashion over the last 200 years. Students have enjoyed studying and sketching the historic and contemporary garments, and they have loved the chance to view them up-close. Following a tour of the exhibition, the… Read more »

Unveiled: Wedding Dress of the Week

'Rajputana' coat as featured in the pages of British Vogue, November 1970. Modelled by Maudie James, photographed by Barry Lategan.

Following a Te Papa Art After Dark session on the little details that matter (hats, shoes, jewellery, fabric and a well dressed man), I am on the couch awaiting my Thursday night telly treat – Project Runway. This week the battling designers are being asked to ‘join forces with art students to create artwork that will lend inspiration to… Read more »

Taualuga:The Last Dance

Taualuga:The Last Dance, performance by Shigeyuki Kihara

For the opening reception of the refreshed Te Papa art exhibition Collecting Contemporary held on February 22 2012, Taualuga: The Last Dance, 2006, a performance work by Samoan/Japanese artist Shigeyuki Kihara was presented. Staged in the gallery where the Collecting Contemporary exhibition is displayed, the performance was realised alongside the video of the performance work… 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 »

Creating small worlds: Jim Allen at Te Papa

  • Artist Jim Allen with his work Tribute to Hone Tuwhare, 1969. Photo: Michael Hall, Te Papa
  • Artist Jim Allen with his work Tribute to Hone Tuwhare, 1969. Photo: Michael Hall, Te Papa
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One of the highlights of the updated Collecting Contemporary exhibition is the inclusion of three important works by contemporary New Zealand artist Jim Allen (born 1922). The three works – Small worlds, Tribute to Hone Tuwhare, and Space plane, environment no. 1 – were originally made for an exhibition at the Barry Lett Gallery, Auckland,… Read more »