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Museum Life: Making Fashion Underground

While in New York I was able to visit Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch at the Museum at FIT, which just closed this past weekend.  I was completely blown away by the critical mass of beautifully presented, fantastic fashion in the ambiance of a recreated clubland environment. The music, lights, and clothing in the galleries transported me back to my 12-year old self, when I …

Parisian Insights: Korea Now

Before writing about the Korea Now exhibition, I would like to share a few personal words as it would have felt quite strange, coming back here and speaking about fashion, like that, out of the blue. You obviously know I live in Paris where we have faced terrible terrorist attacks on the 13th November. I must admit I had planned to skip my post today …

Kōrero Kākahu: The Attic

Kia ora! This past weekend my little family and I toddled off to see the re-developed floor of our local museum. As a bit of background, Wellington Museum has had previous incarnations as a Maritime Museum and most recently as the Museum of Wellington City and Sea. MOWCAS was a real mouthful of a name so to see the more direct name is a relief, …

Parisian Insights: Helena Parada-Kim – Costume and Identity

It seems as though art fairs fuel my quest for novelty. After having discovered Shozo Shimamoto’s splattered clothing at Art Paris – an experience I had shared here – I came across an interesting art work during my visit at Paris’ new fair dedicated to asian art: Asia Now. Amongst the exposition’s impressive findings, I noticed an intriguing painting, Sonae by Helena Parada-Kim. The gallery …

Domestic Affairs: Fleurs: Botanicals in Dress at FIDM Museum

An exhibition dedicated to flowers and botanicals in dress seems so obvious in retrospect. Flowers and nature have long been popular themes in all the arts, especially textiles. Yet noticing and focusing on what seems obvious only in hindsight is exactly the sort of quiet genius I have come to expect of the FIDM Museum. As I mentioned in my post highlighting the Helen Larson …

Kōrero Kākahu: Carmen

Carmen: An exotic New Zealander is an exhibition that has recently opened at the national museum, Te Papa. To describe it as an “exhibition” is a bit of a stretch actually as it is only one case featuring five collection objects that were gifted to the museum by Carmen herself. As a bit of background, Carmen was born Trevor Rupe in small-town New Zealand in …

Review: Yves Saint Laurent: Eternal Style

I still remember seeing my first Yves Saint Laurent outfit; it was on one of my many visits to the V&A Fashion Galleries, long ago when they were hidden away in the museum’s basement, when I was a teenager.  It was a dress from the Mondrian collection.  I was struck by the combination of a simple shift dress and a homage to the well known …

Domestic Affairs: African Adornments

This week’s review is a bit of a cheat, as I’m reviewing an exhibition that closed on Monday. However, it was too wonderful not to share with Worn Through readers. This exhibition was a wonderful breath of fresh air for me. I have little to no knowledge about African textiles, and so this was that rare opportunity where I am not only writing my Worn …

Domestic Affairs: Autumnal Events!

There is a lot happening this season in the world of fashion exhibitions and events! On October 10, the Richmond Art Center (California) will be hosting a mini-symposium held in conjunction with their exhibition Body as Agent: Changing Fashion Art. Body as Agent is an exhibition in response to the 1983 landmark showing of wearable art the Richmond Art Center, Poetry for the Body: Clothing …

Kōrero Kākahu: Adornment of Self

The Dowse Art Museum, located in Lower Hutt City a mere 15 minutes drive from Wellington central, is always a favourite of mine to visit. Though it is titled an “Art Museum” it leans more heavily to the art side of things as most exhibitions lack the social history objects that I tend to associate with a museum. After seeing that the current cycle of …

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