New Zealand in Vogue 

When:
Exhibition now closed 24 Jun 2011 – 16 Sep 2012
Where:
Eyelights, Level 4
Cost:
Free entry
Type:
Arts 

Cocktail dress, about 1959, made by Alison Nicholls from a Vogue pattern. Te Papa

Dress circa 1960, Horrockses Fashions, California Productions (New Zealand) Limited, England. Purchased 2011. Te Papa
Dress circa 1960, Horrockses Fashions, California Productions (New Zealand) Limited, England. Purchased 2011. Te Papa
In 1957 British Vogue, the world's most glamorous fashion magazine, established Vogue New Zealand. It was originally produced in England, but by 1960 the magazine, and its Australian counterpart, had moved to Australia. Vogue New Zealand developed a distinctly New Zealand flavour, with two locally-based fashion editors, and featuring the work of local designers and New Zealand photographers.
This exhibition draws its inspiration directly from the pages of Vogue New Zealand. It showcases garments from top New Zealand designers, and those made here under licence from the world's leading fashion houses, such as Christian Dior. As well as stylish suits and dresses reflecting the latest international trends, there are the accessories, essential to the well-dressed woman. The home sewer is here too, supported by Vogue in its pattern service, and advice on fabrics.

Don't miss this opportunity to view a unique chapter in the history of New Zealand's fashion industry.