Posts categorized as History

April 1982: this month last century

Thirty years ago, Wellington is voted nuclear weapons-free by the city council (14 April 1982). In 1981, New Zealand peace groups began campaigning for sites around the country to become nuclear weapons-free. This initiative was supposed to highlight the dangers of nuclear weapons and to change national policies related to them. The following year, Wellington… Read more »

Unveiled: Wedding Dress of the Week

Butterick Pattern Company for 'Ladies' Waist with leg-o-mutton sleeves, high collar and peplum', circa 1896.

During Unveiled: 200 Years of Wedding Fashion from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London there has been much gasping and musing over the number of teeny tiny waists on display, and those elegant instruments of torture, corsets. I, however, have been captivated by sleeves – dropped, ruched, puffed and frilled. The creators of 19th century… Read more »

Upcoming lecture: War Brides

Claire Dunlop and Pilot Officer Allen Dunlop on their wedding day, 16 September 1944. Image courtesy of Claire Dunlop.

In conjunction with the exhibition Unveiled: 200 Years of Wedding Fashion from the Victoria & Albert Museum, Dr Gabrielle Fortune will present an illustrated lecture on how wartime austerity impacted on wedding fashion at Te Papa this Sunday at 2pm. Specifically, she will be looking at the  wedding dresses of women who married New Zealand servicemen… Read more »

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 »