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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 …

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 …

Parisian Insights: Alber Elbaz/Lanvin MANIFESTE

Following the Palais Galliera’s successful exhibition dedicated to Jeanne Lanvin that I presented here in my last post, it was interesting to focus on another display celebration the French couture house. After history, it is now time for contemporary creation. The Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris’ photography museum, is showing, until the end of October, an exhibition dedicated to the work of Alber Elbaz at Lanvin, …

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 …

Domestic Affairs: Royal Hawaiian Featherwork at the de Young

It is extremely difficult to write about the things you are most passionate about. Where do you begin when reviewing an exhibition you have been eagerly awaiting for a year, and then it not just meets but exceeds your expectations? That is how I felt when I left Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Na Hulu Ali’i currently on display at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. …

A Postcard from Abroad: Autumn Activities in the UK

Once September arrives, you know that summer is on the way out.  Not wearing socks begins to feel odd; bare skin becomes less appropriate as we begin to pile on the layers, in preparation for the colder season ahead.  Yet, I always love this time of year because not only is it okay to wear all your clothes but you are encouraged to think about …

Parisian Insights: Jeanne Lanvin

While studying at the London College of Fashion, I had chosen, for one of our papers, to imagine an exhibition focusing on Jeanne Lanvin’s “Robes de Style.” At the time, I discovered with much surprise that no retrospective had ever been dedicated to Jeanne Lanvin and what a major impact she had have not only on fashion but on building a whole lifestyle brand. When …

Parisian Insights: Jean Paul Gaultier

I have a terrible habit that is to always visit exhibitions during their final days…I mostly do so as I believe I will avoid the crowds of the beginnings…Well, this has proven to be a very bad idea quite a few times and I’ve once again been a victim of my very own wrong assumptions as I missed the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition that was …

Parisian Insights: Yves Saint Laurent 1971 – The Scandal Collection

It’s always intriguing to observe past scandals when our contemporary eyes have become accustomed to much more outrageous! The Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent has decided to look back into its archives to propose an exhibition dedicated to the French designer’s Spring/Summer 1971 “Libération” or “Forties” Haute Couture collection. At the time, the show had instantly caused much discussion and shock as the six models had nonchalantly and …

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