Waitangi textile lectures: April, July, September


Leading up to the exhibition X-Marks: Conversations in Cloth, opening at Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi in September, the museum is holding three talks by textile scholar and author Vivian Caughley at Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi Learning Centre.

The first, The Women of Rangihoua, will be Sunday 29 April at 2pm (free for Friends of Waitangi & Day Pass holders). Vivian’s talk will cover who the women of Rangihoua were and what they did together, with a focus on textiles.

The other talks will be:

  • Sunday 29 July about the King sisters and their samplers
  • Saturday 8 September about ‘Oreo’s’ ‘Sampler’, that unknown textile that was made and sent to the CMS in England, but no one knows who ‘Oreo’ was or what the ‘sampler’ looks like.


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iD is back 1-6 May

iD Dunedin 2018 Image_Luke Johnston and Emily Hlavac GreenThe packed schedule of Fashion Revolution week in Dunedin segues seamlessly (sorry) into the new-look iD week. Over recent years the big buzz in iD has increasingly been about Emerging Designers, and this year, it’s the main event over two nights at the Town Hall, with awards to be presented on Friday night. The Town Hall catwalk will be transformed to get the clothes and models closer to more of the audience. With over 40 collections by designers from 19 countries, it’s going to be stunning, the new layout will give everyone a fabulous view, and at time of posting, there were still tickets; see the iD site for details.

The Emerging Designers awards shows are complemented by a range of associated events, starting the weekend before with a talk on the history of the awards by iD chair, Otago Polytechnic’s fashion team leader, Dr Margot Barton at Dunedin Public Art Gallery (29 April, 1-2pm), and several opportunities from 30 April – 6 May to see entries, hear from the judges, and meet designers.

iD Apparel Mag Ad FINALWhile Emerging Designers is the ‘hero’ event for the week and accounts for quite a bit of the schedule, the range of complementary activities suggests that the organising team has been very, very busy. The public library will offer its popular fashion tours; there are exhibitions of fashion related art,  a range of food + fashion events and shopping opportunities, styling sessions and exclusive and special shows. If you’re missing the Railway Station production, you might like to consider instead Dunedin’s first Fashion for a Cure event on Saturday 5 May (featuring leading national designers) or Toitū te awa Toitū te whenua TOITŪ NGĀ WĀHINE on Tuesday 1 May (featuring Ngāi Tahu designers fusing fashion and traditional Māori performance at Toitū)  or ‘punk futurism’ at Human Apparel Expo 2018 or – look, there’s over 40 events on the schedule, something for everyone, it’s going to be massive.


Margot Barton talks to the ODT about the new look iD week and Emerging Designers shows

Images supplied by iD.



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Who made your clothes? Dunedin 18 April – 4 May

Unstitched seminarsMeanwhile, in Dunedin, Fi Clements and Fiona Jenkin of Just Atelier have a very busy couple of weeks ahead. Their Fashion Revolution activities include conversations about the fashion industry, workshops and a photo booth that overlaps with this year’s iD Emerging Designers events.

The first event is Unstitched, at the Pioneer Women’s Hall, Moray Place, on Wednesday 18 April, 1-4pm. Fi and Fiona invite you to join in the conversation unstitching the myths of the fashion industry and sharing ideas for thinking differently about fashion. Unstitched is the local response, looking at how we, in Dunedin, can use our voice and our power to change the story of our clothes. Fi and Fiona will will share insights into local effects of the global fashion industry, and inspiration for the next step you can take to make the world a better place, one garment at a time.

Unstitched is a free event, generously supported by Creative NZ Creative Communities Scheme and hosted by Otago Pioneer Women’s Memorial Association.

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Who made your clothes? Auckland – Nelson

Unstitched seminars

Have you ever wondered who made your clothes, how much they’re paid, and what their lives are like? If not, start asking! Fashion Revolution week is almost upon us, and a range of events around the country will challenge to ask  brands #whomademyclothes and demand greater transparency in the fashion supply chain

Fashion Revolution centres around the anniversary on 24 April of the horrific collapse of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh where more than 1130 garment workers lost their lives and over 2500 people were injured.

New Zealand activists are gearing up for a range of events, from Auckland to Dunedin. If you’re organising something, please let us know via the comments.


CARE…ASK…KNOW…who made your clothes ribbon tags

Fraser Crowe is marking Fashion Revolution Day by giving away limited edition silk ribbon tags to pin to your clothing for the day (and longer). The crew will be at various spots along Ponsonby Rd, Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand giving these ribbons to passers by. Come get one, and wear it proudly!


 When & where

11am – 3pm, 24 April 2018

Ponsonby Rd, between Western Park and Three Lamps, Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand


We believe that small acts can lead to systematic change. We also believe that transparency in the clothing industry matters and, like fashionrevolution.org, that a great first step towards change is asking ‘who made my clothes?’Our CARE, ASK, KNOW Ribbon Share is aimed to begin, continue or develop small conversations (on the footpath and beyond) about the bigger issues of valuing textile and garment makers, demonstrating transparency in the supply chain and caring about environmental impacts of clothing manufacture and purchase.

Hosted in conjunction with Fashion Revolution Day Aus NZ, and the larger global movment fashionrevolution.org. Join us in this small act towards making change to the outdated models and mindsets in the global fashion industry.


Fraser Crowe  frasercrowe.com 1B Ponsonby Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand

#whomademyclothes? #fashionrevolution #bethechange #lesslandfill #ethicalclothing






For events in your part of the country, check out the Fashion Revolution website.



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Last chance to join for 2018


Time is running out to rejoin or join CTANZ for 2018. Our membership office will be unattended for two months mid year, so please make sure your subscription has gone through by Friday 20 April to make sure you receive your two copies of Context and a discount for the symposium in September.

Renewing is really easy:

Payment of $50 (Waged), $35 (Unwaged/Student) can be made by

  • Cheque payable to Costume and Textile Association of NZ, posted to Kim Smith, 83 Rose Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1021
  • Direct Credit to CTANZ BNZ account 02-0100-0345145-00 with your name and SUB 16 as reference. Please advise Kim by email if you pay by DC. kimsmithroseroad@gmail.com

Joining if you’re not a member is almost as easy: complete the membership form and send to Kim Smith at kimsmithroseroad@gmail.com, and make your payment as above.

Thank you – we look forward to welcoming you back.


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Costume Society of America – Seattle 2019 – Call for papers

Yes, you’re still thinking about CTANZ in September (remember, abstracts are due 30 April) but the Costume Society of America has opened its call for papers for next year’s symposium in Seattle. The theme, which offers plenty of scope for New Zealand, is

The Pacific Rim and Beyond: Diffusion and Diversity in Dress.

The CSA is issuing all calls simultaneously, for research (traditional or visual experience), professional development sessions, and a design exhibit.

Details for submission found under the Call for Submissions tab at http://costumesocietyamerica.com/national-symposia/proceedings/.

Abstracts are due on September 1, 2018. 


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Unbound: exhibition call for proposals closes soon

Christine Webster, Black Carnival Series 1992-1994. Courtesy of Christine Webster.

Christine Webster, Black Carnival Series 1992-1994. Courtesy of Christine Webster.


22nd September – 18th October 2018

Dunedin School of Art Gallery, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin

It’s great to be able to complement the annual CTANZ symposium with an exhibition, and proposals are still open for this year’s Unbound exhibition at the Dunedin School of Art Gallery, which will have a four-week run from 21 September until 18 October.

The closing date for proposals is 23 March; full details of how to submit below, and we encourage you to contact the curators if you have any other questions.

The exhibition opening is Friday 21st September as part of  Unbound: Liberating Women, the 2018 Costume and Textile Association symposium, organised in partnership by CTANZ and the School of Design and the Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic – Te Kura Matatini ki Otago.

Unbound is a quality assured, peer-reviewed exhibition curated by Dr Natalie Smith and Victoria Bell.   The curators seek proposals that respond to Christine Webster’s Black Carnival Series 1992–1994: http://www.christinewebster.co.uk/texts/w_bc.html.  This series of work speaks to the changeability of dress, bodies and sexualities. Continue reading

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A Certain Style and other fashionable things in Auckland

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Auckland’s 4 Days of Fashion in the City begins 21 March and the New Zealand Fashion Museum is kicking it off in, literally, a certain style. A Certain Style is the museum’s new 2018 exhibition, showcasing the work of Bruce Papas, NZ’s first in-store couturier. It will be showing at Smith & Caughey’s, Queen Street, opening 19 March until Easter.

After beginning his career as an apprentice for Flora McKenzie’s Ninette Gowns, for the next 40 years, Bruce designed elegant ensembles for the Auckland fashion set. The exhibition includes garments, embroideries and sketches,  as well as the personal collections of a number of Bruce Papas’ private clients, and there are Curator’s Tours of the exhibition at 10.30am on Thursday 22 and Saturday 24 March (free entry).

The NZ Fashion Museum’s exhibition page includes links to its Bruce Papas profile, Bruce Papas garments in the Museum collection, and the RNZ interview with curators Doris de Pont and Jane Groufsky. And Doris enlarged on the exhibition for The Spinoff website as well.



For more details on Auckland’s upcoming four days of fashion:


The Fashion Museum is also involved with another project this coming week:

Fashion, Art + Feminism Wiki edit-a-thon

Wikipedia suffers from a well-documented lack of female participation and content. If you’d like to help address that, you can join the New Zealand Fashion Museum  at the Auckland Central City Library, on Saturday 24 March from 10.30am to 3.30pm for an all-day communal updating of Wikipedia entries on subjects relating to fashion, gender, art and feminism.

Even if you don’t feel you can contribute to the editing, stop by to show your support for this project – and those of us in the rest of the country look forward to seeing the results in our Wikipedia searches.

Auckland Libraries Wiki edit-a-thon






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Unbound towards September – Symposium 2018

Lou Rogers, Tearing Off the Bonds, “Modern Woman” column from The Judge, c 1912-13. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Lou Rogers, Tearing Off the Bonds, “Modern Woman” column from The Judge, c 1912-13. Source: Wikimedia Commons

International Women’s Day on 8 March kicked off the official programme for celebrating Suffrage 125 throughout New Zealand throughout 2018. CTANZ is doing its bit to recognise NZ’s milestone with this year’s symposium in Dunedin, Unbound: Liberating Women (21-23 September, Otago Polytechnic), and its complementary exhibition at the Dunedin School of Art Gallery (21 September – 18 October – please note that the exhibition continues after the symposium). Those of you who have attended our previous events know they offer a broad mix of speakers – academics, curators, enthusiasts – on a range of topics, and some fun side activities as well. This year, the grapevine (suffrage purple, of course) tells us there are lots of interesting dress and textile projects going on, both individual and institutional. Come down south and share your ideas with us!

The first step to this is your abstract, due by the end of April. Our symposium page has full details on how to submit, and we’ll keep it updated with information about the programme as it develops.


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2018 membership reminder

363e5b604c1afac829dd30e79fa8270eCTANZ members will have received their membership reminder with their December issue of Context. Membership runs from 1 January to 31 December, so it’s time to renew if you haven’t yet done so.

Annual rates are still $NZ 50.00 waged | $NZ 35.00 unwaged

Membership Benefits

  • Discounted registration to the symposium, this year in Dunedin in September
  • Two copies of the CTANZ publication, Context, published in June and December
  • Regular updates of events and information through the Association’s blog and Facebook pages
  • Special events and speakers during the year as opportunities arise

Joining or renewing is easy – we prefer internet banking but will accept a cheque if that’s your thing. Please note that those who haven’t paid their subs won’t be included in the June mailing of Context.

If you read our blog and haven’t yet joined, you can do so by completing the membership form and send it to our membership secretary, Kim Smith at kimsmithroseroad@gmail.com.

Paying by Internet Banking
Step 1 Please direct debit into the CTANZ Bank account – 02-0100 – 0345145 – 00 using SUB 16 and your name as the references.
Step 2 Then let Kim (Membership Secretary) know that you’ve paid; either by email (kimsmithroseroad@gmail.com) or by phoning (09 3766929)

Paying by cheque
Please make your payment to Costume and Textile Association of NZ and post to: Kim Smith, 83 Rose Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1021.

2018 is going to be another great year – help us make it better. As well as paying your subs, you might like to contribute to Context or present a paper at the symposium. And do let us know of costume and textile events in your areas that we can highlight on our blog and social media.



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