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On teaching: Consumerism Season is nearing

  Dear readers, as I am spending the autumn school holidays with my child in continental Europe, I can’t stop noticing that shops and supermarkets have already stocked up on Christmas merchandise, while still selling pumpkins for Halloween. In fact, even if I look away, it is impossible to navigate the shops without all the seasonal junk. Bright orange round things are standing next to …

Exploring Japanese Textiles

This month’s post is inspired by a recent trip to the famous (in New Zealand) Asia Gallery and Vintage Fabric Emporium in Auckland. The Asia Gallery stocks vintage kimonos, textiles, furniture, jewellery, crafts and so much more. The walls are jam-packed full of every style of kimono and obi you could think of and I found the sheer volume of brightly coloured textiles overwhelming. As one often …

Parisian Insights: Barbie at the Arts Décoratifs

I used to spend hours playing with my Barbie dolls as a child and young teenager, dressing them up, undressing them, making them celebrate parties, go to the beach, fall in love and even suffer from terrible accidents (why do children always have this thing with making their toys endure the most tragic events?)…When I heard about the Arts Décoratifs’s exhibition dedicated to the famous …

Exhibition Review: Looking Terrific: The story of El Jay

This month’s post is on one of my favourite fashion designers from New Zealand, Gus Fisher, whose beautiful garments I have come across many times during my work in various museums around the country. Gus Fisher, the man behind the label El Jay, was a leading figure in New Zealand’s fashion for over 50 years. Over his long career, along with his wife Irene,  they …

Parisian Insights: Anatomy of a Collection

The first major concept fashion curators come across while studying, is that of the relationships that exist between garments and bodies, thus wearers. It is a reflection that follows all professionals analyzing fashion history and how they could display it, enhancing or, on the contrary, denying its previous existence, that of a worn piece of clothing. I had written in my previous post how different …

Review: Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu

It is not often that I walk into an exhibition space and get goosebumps. The current exhibition at Auckland War Memorial Museum, Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu,  is one of those few shows that make you feel a sense of something deeper to the objects on display.  Working with mainly historical objects as part of my day job at Auckland Museum, it is very refreshing to see a …

Upcoming Conference: Out of the Dark and into the Light? Dress in the Early Modern Period and the Age of Enlightenment, 1400–1800

Tickets are now on sale for The Association of Dress Historians’ (ADH) annual conference, featuring twenty-five papers presented over two concurrent panels, and titled:: Out of the Dark and into the Light? Dress in the Early Modern Period and the Age of Enlightenment, 1400–1800 International Conference of Dress Historians Saturday, 5 November 2016 The Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT, United Kingdom …

On Teaching Fashion: Fast Fashion

Today, my brand development class and I spend our lecture examining Fast Fashion: It’s success strategy and immense growth, as well as it’s dark side. I started the lecture with the image of the moon to illustrate the duality of this fashion segment: Image credit: NASA The students also saw images which I took some years back at LMB clothing recycling factory on the outskirts …

On Teaching: The Socio-economic Impact of Clothing

“Fashion matters. To the economy, to society and to each of us personally. Faster than anything else, what we wear tells the story of who we are- or who we want to be. Fashion is the most immediate intimate form of self-expression.” Frances Corner, Author of Why Fashion Matters (2014). Photo courtesy of The Women’s Room Blog This week I had a student’s parent ask …

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