3 September to 6 November 2016
In 2014 I was invited by the City Gallery in Wellington, to curate a ‘Frock Room’ as part of Creamy Psychology, a major retrospective exhibition of photographer Yvonne Todd. The ‘Frock Room’ featured glamorous gowns, including vintage ‘celebrity couture’, from Todd’s personal collection – among them a Bob Mackie sequined dress formerly owned by pop diva Whitney Houston, which Todd used to create Gold Study (Female), 2007.
I am currently working with Yvonne Todd and the Tauranga Art Gallery to mount an expanded version of the ‘Frock Room’. Fictitious Bodies: Costume in Yvonne Todd’s Photography opens on 3 September alongside a new suite of work by Yvonne curiously entitled Barnacles. Yvonne and I will be giving a floor talk in the galleries on Saturday 3 September at 11am. Entry is FREE.
Fictitious Bodies includes 10 exquisite garments, dating from 1895 to 1995, and 15 of Todd’s most glamorous, off-kilter portraits. Meanwhile, in the adjacent gallery, the models for Barnacles don a range of intriguing costumes designed by Todd. Furnishing cord looms large.