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Kōrero Kākahu: Hākui

The award-winning exhibition Hākui: Women of Kāi Tahu at Otago Museum is yet another exhibition that I have had to get to know through catalogues and online write-ups due to its geographic distance (a whole island away!). Last week I attended the inaugural Museums Australasia conference (first time that Museums Aotearoa and Museums Australia had held a joint conference), followed by the Kāhui Kaitiaki hui (a smaller conference aimed …

Parisian Insights: Antoinette Sasse – Rebelle, Résistante et Mécène

What I love most about my job is that I learn something new every single day. How lucky I am to discover at all times, a new artist, an unusual personality, an extraordinary story or an interesting space. By visiting the Antoinette Sasse exhibition, I got the chance to combine all four. The exhibition whose title is quite explicit (Antoinette Sasse – Rebel, Resistant and Patron) …

Kōrero Kākahu: Women of Empire

As a colonial nation, being in the centenary years of the Great War means a great deal to New Zealand. Just yesterday, 25 April, is known as Anzac Day and is recognised both in New Zealand and Australia as a day of remembrance for our war dead. It also means that the war-related exhibition Women of Empire: the untold stories of New Zealand and Australian women in …

Fashion Revolution Week: Refocus on Provenance

This week is Fashion Revolution Week, an annual event begun in the UK since 2014, which highlights the importance of people in the production of fashion.  In response to the many lives lost as a result of the collapse of the Rana Plaza complex in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 24 April 2013, Fashion Revolution Week is an opportunity to remind ourselves that all our clothes, and …

Guest Post: Feathers and Fibers Fit for a King

Guest contributor Vanessa Lee-Miller is a freelance journalist specializing in Hawaiian arts and culture. While in Europe, she spends her time scouring museum collections for “lost or hidden Hawaiʻi”. In the Hawaiian language, the proverb “ka wela o ka ua”” describes the intimidating yet striking vision of an assembly of brawny, chanting warriors, long spear in hand and bedecked in feathered cloaks and helmets, preparing …

Review: Queen Street Mill Textile Museum, Burnley, Lancashire

Last year, in the Museums Journal,  I noticed an article outlining proposed closures to several local museums in Lancashire due to funding cuts. One of them was Queen Street Mill Textile Museum, the ‘last working steam-powered weaving mill in the world’. Built in 1894 by Queen Street Mill Manufacturing Company for weaving plain cotton fabric, it was operational until 1982 when it finally closed before …

Parisian Insights: La Mode Retrouvée

Rare are the fashion exhibitions that not only address your literary souvenirs but also real life. At the Palais Galleria, just ended La Mode Retrouvée, dedicated to the Countess Greffuhle’s wardrobe, one of the museum’s most important historical collections. I was very impatient to visit this show as I had often heard about this mysterious collection during my studies at l’Ecole du Louvre and having …

Film and Dress: Celebrating the Costume Designer

Film and dress are probably two of my favourite things in the world so imagine my delight when I recently received a year’s subscription to the new film streaming service offered by the British Film Institute (BFI).  An amazing gift, this resource allows you access to their fantastic archive of British films as well as recent films for which you pay a small additional charge.  …

Parisian Insights: Volez, Voguez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton

In 2010, I visited a beautiful Louis Vuitton exhibition at the Musée Carnavalet, in 2012, I enjoyed a Marc Jacobs/ Louis Vuitton display at the Arts Décoratifs and this year, it was time for a gigantic Louis Vuitton presentation at the Grand Palais. That seems like quite a lot of exhibitions dedicated to the same house, no? Although, the Carnavalet display concentrated mainly on the …

Kōrero Kākahu: At the Beach

It is the reality of living anywhere that you cannot make it to every exhibition that you want to see. Such was the case with the most recent exhibition by the New Zealand Fashion Museum (whom I have mentioned before), At the Beach: 100 years of summer fashion in New Zealand. I did actually happen to be in Auckland while this was showing but for the reason of holidaying …

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