Posts tagged with Unveiled: 200 Years of Wedding Fashion

Unveiled: Wedding Dress of the Week

  • Silk brocade shoes purchased from Peter Robinson, London, 1914. Worn by Phyllis Blaiberg for her marriage to Bertie Mayer Stone at the Bayswater Synagogue, London on 9 September 1914. Given by Mrs B. Rackow
  • Silk brocade shoes purchased from Peter Robinson, London, 1914. Worn by Phyllis Blaiberg for her marriage to Bertie Mayer Stone at the Bayswater Synagogue, London on 9 September 1914. Given by Mrs B. Rackow
  • Beaded lace wedding dress and train designed by Aida Woolf, London, 1914. Worn by Phyllis Blaiberg for her marriage to Bertie Mayer Stone at the Bayswater Synagogue, London on 9 September 1914. Gift of Mrs B. Rackow
  • Lucy Cracroft in her wedding gown, 29 December, 1914 by The Hardie Shaw Studios. Collection of Te Papa. Gift of Mr I C Ferguson, 1982

A Christmas Wedding This silk chiffon and satin dress was worn by Lucy Eleanor (Lulu) Cracroft of Hataitai when she wed James Meade Ferguson at St Mark’s Church in Wellington just after Christmas on 29 December, 1914. Lucy’s dress features a fashionably relaxed silhouette and a ‘V-neckline’. The latter had come into play in 1913, causing both excitement… Read more »

Unveiled opening

  • Wedding of Terrianne Takulua & Sonatane Takulua, Waipoua Forest, 2011 from Te Papa's Wedding Gallery.
  • Guests flooding into Unveiled. Photo: Michael Hall, Te Papa
  • An artful shot of the exhibition. Photo: Michael Hall, Te Papa
  • The entrance to Unveiled: 200 Years of Wedding Fashion. Photo: Michael Hall, Te Papa

Unveiled: 200 Years of Wedding Fashion from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London was officially opened this morning with a special wedding breakfast for 300 guests. Perhaps surprisingly for an exhibition from wintery London, guests were adorned with lei and fresh ‘ei (flower garland) on arrival and were drawn upstairs by a turou and the rythmic beats of… Read more »

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.

In conjunction with Unveiled: 200 years of Wedding Fashion from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Te Papa is delighted to present a series of lectures that explores aspects of the social worlds covered by this glamorous exhibition.   The lecture by Eugene Barilo von Reisberg on Saturday 10 December  (10.30am), hosted by the Friends of Te Papa, focuses on Queen… 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 »