Talk: Exoticism in Fashion

Join Madelyn Shaw, Curator of Textiles at the National Museum of American History, for an exploration of the romance of exoticism and its influence on fashion.

  • When Sat 29 Apr 2017, 11:00am–12:00pm
  • Where
    Soundings Theatre, Level 2
  • Cost Public $15, Friends of Te Papa $10 (includes free parking and a 20% discount voucher for Espresso Café)
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This illustrated talk looks at how the quest for novelty and the lure of exoticism can create a cultural connection that transcends romance.

'Exoticism' as it applies to fashion might be defined as viewing 'the other' in a romantic light, resulting in mining other cultures for styles, motifs, techniques, silhouettes, colors, patterns – all the elements of design – in order to create a marketable design novelty.

About Madelyn Shaw

Madelyn Shaw is the Curator of Textiles at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. She specializes in the exploration of American culture and history through textiles and dress.


Book online or phone (04) 381 7051.

Doorsales will also be available outside the theatre from 10am on the day.

Woman's blue dressing gown with embroidered silver flowers


Woman's dressing gown, 1880-1890, Japan, maker unknown. Gift of Marie Limbrick, 2003. CC BY-NC-ND licence. Te Papa (GH014290)

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