A Fashionable Line: The other life of Kate Coolahan 

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Exhibition now closed 8 Mar 2012 – 26 Aug 2012
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'Maison Noisette - In Love with summer?' - front cover 1967, Maison Noisette Limited (1963–1992), Coolahan, Kate (1929– ), New Zealand. Te Papa
'Maison Noisette - In Love with summer?' - front cover 1967, Maison Noisette Limited (1963–1992), Coolahan, Kate (1929– ), New Zealand. Te Papa
In the 1950s and 60s, Kate Coolahan blazed a trail through New Zealand’s advertising world as a fashion illustrator. Her modish designs seduced men and women alike into buying the latest styles.

But few people today are aware of Coolahan’s contributions to the advertising arena. In New Zealand art circles, she is better known for her prints and paintings, made later in her career.

This exhibition uncovers Coolahan’s ‘other life’, during the Mad Men era of fashion. It features works selected from her personal archive, revealing a talent overdue for recognition.

See works by Kate Coolahan in our collections