Te Papa has a great line up of costume and textile based events over the next three months, including a public lecture by leading fashion historian, Dr Valerie Steele.
Enjoy an illustrated talk about the luxurious garments featured in the exhibition European Splendour. Discover 18th-century fashion, and watch experts get these intricate dresses ready for display. Tickets $15, Friends of Te Papa $10, includes light refreshments. Numbers are limited and booking is recommended.
John Gillow, author, lecturer, traveller and collector, has one of the world’s largest collections of outstanding kantha quilts. Kanthas are stitched, predominantly for marriages using layers of worn muslin saris and dhotis as the base material. Each kantha is a unique work of art depicting life in late 19th Century and early 20th Century Bengal.
John has recently written the catalogue for a forthcoming major Kantha exhibition at the Mingei museum, San Diego, California in 2017.
Dr Valerie Steele, Director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, discusses the history of collecting and exhibiting fashion, from the first (imaginary) fashion museum in the 18th century through to the first great temporary ‘museums’ like the one at the Exposition Universelle of 1900, a world’s fair held in Paris, and up to the current situation where fashion is exhibited in various dedicated fashion museums, as well as in art, history, and design museums.
Dr Steele is visiting New Zealand as a keynote speaker for the End of Fashion conference, which is being held at Massey University (8-9 December 2016)
Presented with the support of Massey University Wellington.