Posts tagged with History of fashion

The power of lace – making European Splendour 1500-1800, Te Papa

Maker unknown, lace collar, linen, Europe. Gift of Mrs M W Aitken, 1970. Te Papa (PC001724). © photographer Justine Olsen.

Lace is fascinating for its changing and divisive role in history. Desired for its beauty and admired for its technical expertise, the best quality was restricted in use for monarchs and nobility.  While sumptuary laws during the 1500 and early 1600s claimed to protect local industries, lace actually helped identify social rank of the individual…. Read more »

Out with the old … Conservation changes in Enriching Fashion

  • Edwardian bathing suit ready to go on display in Enriching Fashion. Photograph by Kirstie Ross
  • Edwardian bathing suit ready to go on display in Enriching Fashion. Photograph by Kirstie Ross
  • 1909 Wedding dress (left) replaces 1900s day dress (right) in Eyelight gallery. Photograph by Kirstie Ross
  • 1909 Wedding dress (left) replaces 1900s day dress (right) in Eyelights gallery. Photogrpah by Kirstie Ross

Yesterday seven items were taken out of the cases in Te Papa’s exhibition: Enriching Fashion: an eye for detail on level 4. In the photograph below a jaunty two-piece playsuit from the 1960s is removed from a case and replaced with a one-piece bathing suit that is almost a hundred years old. For some reason… Read more »