The New Zealand Costume & Textile Association is a special interest group for the research and study of costume and textiles. Its membership draws together some of the country’s leading artists, curators, academics, researchers and textile conservators, along passionate collectors and enthusiasts. The annual symposium is a highlight of the organisation’s activities, attracting presenters from across New Zealand and the world.
This year the symposium theme is simple: In the words of ‘80s funksters Kool and the Gang in their 1984 chart-topper ‘Celebration’. Presenters have been invited to “Celebrate good times, come on” by exploring the role that dress and textiles play in the rituals of celebration. From the wide-ranging response, 20 presentations were selected that promise to make the 2011 symposium a great weekend celebrating fabric, fashion and frivolities the world over.
This year’s keynote speakers are Auckland Museum exhibition developer Georgina White, and Liliana Pomazan, a Senior Lecturer in the Fashion programme at Melbourne’s prestigious RMIT University.
Both keynote speakers this year are acclaimed writers in the field of fashion and textiles. Georgina’s Light Fantastic: Dance Floor Courtship in New Zealand takes a trip through the countries dance-halls, from the early settlers through to the modern school ball. Liliana was co-editor of the recently released Australian Fashion Unstitched: The last 60 years – a history of Australian fashion that covers topics as diverse as the swimwear industry, fashion photography and the contemporary avant-garde.
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