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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 …

Fashion Utopias at Somerset House, London

Apologies for such late notice but as part of Utopia 2016, a celebration of the 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s Utopia, Somerset House is hosting a symposium this Friday 19th February entitled Fashion Utopias: Then & Now to accompany the exhibition Fashion Utopias: International Fashion Showcase 2016. The afternoon event will present papers from researchers from the Courtauld Institute of Art History of Dress Research …

On Teaching: Sustainability

I would like to start this post by posing a question; with manufacturing processes changing very little since the industrial revolution, is it realistic to teach students sustainable practices when, in reality, they may end up working within traditional manufacturing or product development? A faculty member in my department recently recommended I watch a movie, True Cost, which discusses the environmental problems created by traditional …

Parisian Insights: Jacques Doucet-Yves Saint Laurent: Vivre pour l’Art

I think I may have already expressed this here but my interest in history of fashion was nourished by my decorative arts courses at l’Ecole du Louvre. As I studied “total art” movements such as the Arts & Crafts, the Bauhaus or the Wiener Werkstatte, I was introduced to garments that responded to artistic aesthetics. I had a teacher, Olivier Gabet who now directs the …

Domestic Affairs: Living for the Moment at LACMA (an unexpected review)

When I was 19 years old, I wanted to be an interpreter. Not just any interpreter, I wanted to interpret Japanese at the UN. Never mind that Japanese is not spoken on the UN floor, because those sorts of details don’t occur to you when you’re 19 and dreaming. This desire was born as much from my love of language and languages, and the Japanese …

Kōrero Kākahu: TVNZ’s fashion-focused foibles

Something curious is happening at New Zealand’s state-owned broadcaster. In documents released to a nationwide paper, the New Zealand Herald, it was revealed that management had chosen to usher in the new year by imposing a new dress-code for its presenters that is arguably more critical of its female staff members than its male presenters. Under the guise of taking a more relaxed approach to reflect our laidback …

Exhibition Review: The Fabric of India, V&A Museum

For my last post this year, I promised a review of the V&A Museum’s winter blockbuster The Fabric of India, which is on until 4th January. If you have a chance over the festive break, I strongly recommend a visit to this extensive, detailed and moving exhibition. According to the exhibition’s website, this is ‘the first major exhibition to explore the dynamic and multifaceted world …

Kōrero Kākahu: A Real feast for these Modern Eyes

On one of my many visits to my Nan, who was born in 1933, we began talking about her youth. In recounting earlier years of her life she remarked about how much pressure there was to always look perfect. She said this while eyeballing the messy bun atop my head (which was on-trend thank you Nan). I have always found this aspect of life in the …

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 …

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