Posts categorized as Fashion

Unveiled: from ‘toast rack’ to pure spectacle

  • The beautifully adorned, and rather revealing, bodice. Photo: Kate Whitley, Te Papa
  • The train, scattered with beaded stars. Photo: Kate Whitley, Te Papa
  • The train in all its glory. Photo: Kate Whitley, Te Papa
  • Anne and Keira remove the 'duvet'. Photo: Kate Whitley, Te Papa

On Monday, the Unveiled installation team unpacked what must be considered one of the exhibition’s most glamorous gowns – a glorious number designed by Norman Hartnell for Margaret Whigham, a British society beauty who married Charles Sweeney, a movie-star handsome American, in 1933. While one of the most glamorous, it is also the most tricky to pack and display due to the… Read more »

Unveiling Unveiled

  • Sarah slowly removes the protective covering. Photo: Kate Whitley, Te Papa.
  • Dita von Teese's wedding gown by Vivienne Westwood unveiled. Photo: Kate Whitley, Te Papa.
  • Sarah from the V&A carefully puts in place the final touch to Dita von Teese's outfit - a jaunty tricorne hat by Stephen Jones.
  • Unveiled Installation

This week it has been full steam ahead in the VISA Platinum Gallery. The crates carrying Unveiled: 200 Years of Wedding Fashion from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London arrived by sea, and Keira Miller and Sarah Scott from the V&A arrived by air. Over the last week Keira and Sarah, accompanied by our team 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: unwrapping the New Zealand commissions

  • Lindah Lepou's dress Siaposu'isu'i in the throes of being made.
  • Detail of the beaded headdress by Lindah Lepou. Collection of Te Papa.
  • A handmade butterfly and flower completes Jane Yeh's delicate veil to perfection.
  • WORLD couldn't resist bedazzling the bride's shoes. Collection of Te Papa.

Carefully packed into custom-made crates, the exhibition Unveiled: 200 Years of Wedding Fashion from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, has departed Melbourne for Wellington by sea. In the meantime, its been all go in Te Papa’s Textile Store with the arrival of our New Zealand commissions – or at least two of them. One is still in the… Read more »

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 »