Posts categorized as Fashion

Unveiled: royalty, romance and politics

Franz Xaver Winterhalter, Queen Victoria, 1843, oil on canvas. (c) Collection of HM Queen Elizabeth II.

The young Queen avidly recorded details of her wedding to her ‘precious Angel’  in her journal, including descriptions of her wedding attire and her whirling emotions. On the evening of her wedding she confided: ‘My dearest dearest dear Albert… his excessive love and affection gave me feelings of heavenly love and happiness,  I never could have hoped to have… Read more »

Unveiled – the New Zealand designers

  • Behind the scenes at WORLD's NZ Fashion Week show, Good Vs Evil.
  • Jane Yeh is creating a wholly romantic gown.
  • Butterflies and flowers will feature in Jane Yeh's gown
  • Jane Yeh in her Parnell workroom, Auckland.

As we build up to the much anticipated December opening of Unveiled: 200 Years of Wedding Fashion from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, it is time to ‘unveil’ our three New Zealand designers! As part of the exhibition Te Papa has commissioned three very different New Zealand designers to create their idea of the ‘ultimate’ wedding… 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 »

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 »

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 »