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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 »

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 »

Unveiled: Wedding Dress of the Week

This week, as I walked around Unveiled with Wellington fashion designer Alexandra Owen who was prepping for her Thursday floor talk, she stopped in her tracks in front of this dress. The dress was worn by Monica Maurice for her wedding to Canadian doctor, Arthur Jackson (1904-1985) in South Yorkshire in 1938. It is made from fine silk gauze,… Read more »

Unveiled: Wedding Dress of the Week

Interior of the bodice.

This lilac satin dress from Te Papa’s collection was worn by Rosa Criscillo at her wedding to Antonino Moleta in Wellington on 5 May 1909. It is a dress that marked not only Rosa’s transition from a single woman to a wife, but heralded the beginning of a new life on the other side of the world. This dress was made… Read more »

Unveiled: Wedding Dress of the Week

The over-skirt forms a train at the back.

While in the mid-twentieth century many young women continued to pursue the dream of a white wedding, complete with a full-skirted Cinderella gown, Dawn ‘Velma’ Harris of Auckland was not amongst them. When she married James Turner on 27 May in 1961, she walked down the aisle of St Andrews Church in this eye-catching – and for… Read more »

Unveiled: Wedding Dress of the Week

  • Cover of Displaying Women by Maureen Montgomery. Published 1998.
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Many apologies for the lateness of this post. It was programmed to be published last Friday as I was fittingly in Dunedin for a wedding, but autopublish failed me! This week’s wedding dress provides the inspiration for Maureen Montgomery’s forthcoming Te Papa lecture on The World of Charles Frederick Worth – Pioneer of Haute Couture.  (Sunday… Read more »

Unveiled: Wedding Dress of the Week

One of my most favourite fashion terms is passementerie. Its a French term that looks and sounds good, and which economically describes a luxurious array of frivolities used to adorn dress and interiors, including pom poms, bobbles, braid, ribbon, fringing, buttons, tassels and gimp. The English equivalent is the equally delightful ‘haberdashery’.  This week’s Wedding Dress is a… Read more »