Uniformity: Cracking the dress code 

When:
27 September 2012 – 28 July 2013
Where:
Eyelights, Level 4
Cost:
Free entry
Type:
Arts; People and history 

Gordon Highlanders uniform 1880s-1950s, Hebbert & Co. Ltd. London. Gift of Mrs Beatrice Simpkins, 1971. Te Papa
Gordon Highlanders uniform 1880s-1950s, Hebbert & Co. Ltd. London. Gift of Mrs Beatrice Simpkins, 1971. Te Papa

What's in a uniform?

From the battlefield to the sports field, the church to the catwalk, the schoolyard to the street ... uniforms are everywhere. They inspire unity. They define. They convey power and control. 

Te Papa’s new exhibition, Uniformity: Cracking the dress code, explores the meanings and origins of uniforms, which often have military or religious roots.

Get a close-up look at the combat dress worn by Corporal Willie Apiata, VC in the deserts of Afghanistan. See the heavenly attire of a Catholic priest alongside the down-to-business suit of Brian Tamaki. Compare the rugged All Black jersey of a century ago with the skin-tight ‘strip’ of today.

Even Play School makes an appearance, through Big Ted’s ‘police bear’ outfit. And you can explore a range of T-shirts that, like uniforms, express shared ideas – particularly protest.

Some aspects of uniformity are now so commonplace, they are almost invisible. You might be surprised ...

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Uniformity Cracking the Dress Code