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Dunedin: public lecture on China’s wonder fibres: developments in wild silk, silk cocoon, bamboo

China’s wonder fibres: developments in wild silk, silk cocoon, bamboo

Thursday 10 July 2014 | 5.30pm
Barclay Theatre | Otago Museum
Professor Xungai Wang
Director Australian Future Fibres Research and Innovation Centre, Deakin University

Professor Wang is the Director of Australian Future Fibres Research and Innovation Centre (AFFRIC) and Deputy Director of Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM) at Deakin University.
IFM is Deakin’s largest multidisciplinary research group working on a range of materials.
Professor Wang’s research interests are primarily in fibre science and technology, as well as in the application of new materials and technologies to fibres and textiles.


Fashion films & Fashion in Films at the 2014 NZ International Film Festival!

This year’s NZ International Film Festival offers those interested in fashion some real treats.

Look out for the following:



PRIX DE BEAUTÉ (Miss Europe) : France 1930 : Director: Augusto Genina - The dazzling Louise Brooks stars in a rags to riches tale of a vivacious young office worker who enters a beauty competition. (In Auckland, Live score played by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra)


LA BELLE ET LA BÊTE (Beauty and the Beast) : France 1946 : Director: Jean Cocteau - Sumptuous costumes, sublime sets and magical cinematography in this fairytale for adults



YVES SAINT LAURENT : France 2014 : Director Jalil Lespert – An intimate study of a fashion genius in a biopic that spans 20 years, from Saint Laurent’s arrival at Dior to the founding of his own YSL label. The clothes used in the film are Saint Laurent originals!



DIOR AND I : France 2014 : Director: Frédéric Tcheng - An elegantly poised and charming study of a fashion house that follows designer Raf Simon’s first collection for Dior (2012) from concept to catwalk. Includes archival footage of and quotes by Christian Dior!

AND, FOR MUSEUM LOVERS…Don’t miss these two gems!

THE GREAT MUSEUM (Das grosse Museum) : Austria 2014 : Director: Johannes Holzhausen – An enthralling, multi-layered portrait of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, shot over a year while sections of the vast classical building were closed for renovation.

NATIONAL GALLERY : USA/France 2014 : Director: Frederick Wiseman – Another wonderful ‘hands-off’ documentary from Wiseman who turns his camera on the Old Master paintings, the people who lecture before them, those who conserve them, and the staff dedicated to preserving the museum’s reputation as one of the greatest art collections in the world.




CTANZ blog has moved

The DressAddress blog is now part of the main Costume and Textile website at Please resubscribe to the blog at the Costume and Textile site.

Auckland exhibition and performance – Robert Carter

Robert Carter – Sometimes A Great Notion


When Elsie MacPherson purchased Simplicity pattern 2523 at the Avondale hospice shop in November 1982, she did so with the intention of producing a practical and attractive garment for her six year old granddaughter, Elisa.

It is unlikely she would have foreseen that, 30 years later, the instructions for making this child’s one-piece playsuit would form the structure of an orchestrated improvisation of sewing machines.

We live in strange times.

Robert Carter describes himself as “an occlusion of the geek, engineer, tinkerer with the mystic, agnostic, seeker”. He improvises with artifacts of technological accretion, and searches for ways to revive the dead, respect the old, and find humility in the consumer onslaught.

NOTE: There will be a performance by Robert (day and time yet to be decided). If interested, keep an eye on the Audio Foundation website:

Exhibition runs until Saturday 31 May at the Audio Foundation: Sub-Basement of the Parisian Tie Factory, 4 Poynton Terrace (Off Pitt St or behind St Kevins Arcade) AK Central

Special thanks to Creative New Zealand and Becks for their support.

A treat for tribal textile lovers in Auckland – THIS WEEKEND!






Hand-looms, applique, tie-dye, stitch-resist, block-print, ikat, batik, embroidery, wax cloth, running stitch, patchwork, beadwork, indigo, etc.

Friday 16th, Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th May

10.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

11F Joan Street, Point Chevalier

Ph. 815 2581 Mob. 021 747114  Email:

It is that time of the year again when Andrew and Rosie Bogle have their show of exquisite textiles from around the globe. If you like to collect or just admire they would love to see you.

As well as rare and collectible items, a selection of affordable homewares, scarves, shawls, and a few other special things, will also be available.

Something to brighten up those winter days. This will be their only exhibition before Christmas.

On the Sunday from 3.30 p.m. a Mexican-themed afternoon tea will be served.

Parking at the bottom of our rather steep driveway can be arranged by prior notice.

More movies

Resene Architecture and Design Film Festival 2014

The Resene Architecture and Design Film Festival returns to Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin in May and June 2014, with some inviting looking movies on architecture, design history and movements, galleries and, of course, fashion. Just the one, but it looks like one which pulls out stops.

Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution (director Deborah Riley Draper, 91 minutes)

“In an era known for protests and sit-ins, the 1973 Grand Divertissement at Versailles, made a statement of its own – a fashion statement that changed fashion history. The legendary event pitted the five lions of French couture (Givenchy, Dior, Ungaro, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Cardin) against five American designers (Halston, Oscar de la Renta, Anne Klein, Stephen Burrows and Bill Blass) and became known as ready-to-wear’s iconic coming out party.”

Add to that the whole thing was a major jet set event, so lots of people-watching as well – performers included Liza Minelli, Josephine Baker, and Rudolf Nureyev. Very glam.

10 May @ 1:15pm
14 May @ 3:15pm;
18 May @ 8:00pm
31 May @ 3:00pm; 3 June @ 12:15pm;
7 June @ 1:00pm
14 June @ 2:45pm; 18 June @ 5:30pm;
20 June @ 10:15am
Note for Aucklanders and Wellingtonians – the most popular films in each of these centres will be replayed in the last three days of screenings, so if Versailles is well-attended, there’ll be a third chance there.

CTANZ remembers Davina Davis (1957-2014)

It is with much sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Davina Davis, long-term CTANZ member and respected museum Curator, after a short battle with cancer, on April 24.

Davina will always be remembered in our hearts and minds as a committed CTANZ member whose beautifully illustrated presentations were always a highlight of any Symposium she participated in.

The South Canterbury Museum, where Davina served for the last 17 years as Curator of Collections, has issued the following statement, which acknowledges the many special qualities and skills of our dear friend and colleague…


        Davina was an esteemed museum professional who demonstrated a high level of commitment to her work, the collections she cared for and the communities that she served. As one of a small team, Davina played a major role in the Museum’s ongoing development in the 17 years that she was in the position, being actively involved in collections management, exhibitions, public programmes and administrative tasks. She had a strong commitment to improving standards of operation, research and public service. Her interest in Te Reo, local Maori history and her own Ngai Tahu heritage helped establish greater connections between the Museum and local Maori communities.

Davina was also highly regarded in our team because of who she was; her warmth, concern for others and general zest for life. She effectively mentored many volunteers and interns, and actively encouraged young people to take an interest in heritage. She enjoyed being part of wider networks within the sector, willingly sharing information with colleagues elsewhere and participating in seminars, conferences and other opportunities for learning. I valued her candour, her support, her willingness to stand up for what she believed was important, and to do whatever it took to benefit the Museum and those it served. Her passing has left a huge gap in the Museum, and the loss of our colleague and friend has made our hearts heavy.

Our sympathies go to daughter Zarae, husband Michael and Davina’s extended family. Davina will be farewelled at St Andrews Church in Geraldine on Wednesday 30 April at 11am.


The Timaru Herald has also acknowledged Davina’s passing with a lovely tribute and a gorgeous photo that captures the vivaciousness that those who knew Davina remember well.


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