Between beach breaks and scenic day hikes, if you find yourself in the hustle and bustle of the city, why not take advantage of some of these stylish exhibits on display across the country.
From farmer collectors of couture and ‘Big Eighties Energy’, to fashion revolutionaries and Swedish mystics commissioned by the great afterlife, treat yourself to some culture this summer and maybe learn something new.
Mary Quant: Fashion Revolutionary, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Subversive, inventive and revolutionary, legendary fashion designer Mary Quant was instrumental in defining the swinging sixties style. Credited with inventing some of the most iconic looks of the decade – namely the miniskirt, warm pants and skinny ribbed sweater (which would have been inspired by trying on a kid’s sweater) – the irreverent designs but very wearable Quant’s were quickly adopted by liberated women of the time, spurring a new era of feminism.
A retail pioneer, Quant’s first ‘Bazaar’ store on London’s famous King’s Road offered a truly unique shopping experience. Extended hours of operation, loud music, and free drinks have drawn crowds of young women eager for something different from the formal environments and mature style of fashion designers and mainstream stores. Quant’s business astuteness led her to transform her brand into a wholesale business, making designer fashion accessible to working women across the globe and solidifying her position as the ultimate taste designer of her time.
Here from the famous V&A museum in London, Mary Quant: Fashion Revolutionary is open at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki this summer. The exhibition brings together more than 120 garments as well as accessories, cosmetics, sketches and photographs, to provide a detailed insight into the pioneering fashion icon who overturned the domination of luxury couture by harnessing the spirit young people of the 60s and adopting new techniques of mass production, thus empowering modern women.
DETAILS: December 10 to March 13, 2022, adult admission $ 24.50. For more information, click here.
* Images of cosmos to accompany the exhibition Hilma af Klint
* Leader Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei appointed Deputy Director of the Auckland Art Gallery
* Mayor of Wellington worried about restructuring of City Gallery
* Hilma af Klint will premiere in New Zealand
Eden Hore: Haute couture / High Country, The Dowse
Eden Hore was an upland farmer from the small town of Naseby in central Otago. Admired for his agricultural prowess, Hore was also known for his eclectic taste and entrepreneurial spirit. He was the first to import and breed American miniature horses, and also owned a menagerie of exotic animals, including bison, peacocks, and Himalayan Tahr. And while you would expect a farmer to be interested in animals, Hore had another great passion: letting go of fashion. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, he amassed an enviable collection of avant-garde haute couture clothing from leading local designers of the time, including Vinka Lucas, who also produced clothing for Saudi royalty, and prolific bridal wear designer Kevin Berkahn. Hore’s vintage couture collection is considered one of the largest in Australasia and is valued at over $ 80,000.
Eden Hore: Haute Couture / High Country, on display at Dowse this summer, brings together some of the most glamorous dresses from the Hore collection and positions them in stunning Central Otago landscapes, recreating the link between farmer and fashion. Captured by acclaimed New Zealand photographer Derek Henderson, the series of photographs celebrates the best of our country: breathtaking landscapes, passionate individuals and extraordinary creative talents. The exhibition is also part of the New Zealand Festival of the Arts 2022.
DETAILS: December 4 to March 20, 2022, free entry. For more information, click here.
Face Time: Portraits of the 1980s, New Zealand Portrait Gallery Te Pukenga Whakaata
Face Time: Portraits of the 1980s is all about this “Big Eighties Energy,” as curator Milly Mitchell-Anyon puts it. Think big hair and bold fashion wrapped in a coming-of-age tale.
The 1980s were a time of immense upheaval for Aotearoa as the nation underwent seismic changes that forever changed its social, political and economic landscape. Muldoon, the 1981 Springbok Tour protests, Rogernomics, and Homosexual Law Reform are just a few of the major events that defined and redefined the decade.
Face time talks about those pivotal moments in our country’s history and celebrates the energy, color and shameless grin that is synonymous with the ’80s.
The exhibition features works in a wide range of mediums including photography, ceramics, books, T-shirts, sculpture and painting, from major public and private art collections, with artists represented such as Mary McIntyre, Pat Hanly, Deborah Bustin, Jeffery Harris, Trevor Moffitt, Tony Fomison, Michael Illingworth and Fiona Clark.
DETAILS: November 25 to February 13, 2022, free entry. For more information, click here.
Hilma af Klint: The Secret Paintings, City Gallery Wellington Te Whare Toi
This summer, the City Gallery Wellington is exhibiting monumental works by Swedish artist-mystic Hilma af Klint. Working at the turn of the 20th century, af Klint developed an entirely new artistic style, the rediscovery of which radically questions the man-centered chronologies of modern art history. Widely regarded as one of the earliest examples of abstract art, his works, created as early as 1906, predate those of the “fathers of modernism,” Kasimir Malevich, Vassily Kandinsky and Piet Mondrian.
A member of the avant-garde mystical movement, af Klint imbued his enormous colorful paintings with mysticism. The large abstract forms that dominate his canvases are inspired by hermetic traditions and drawn from occult symbology. Known for hosting sessions at her home, af Klint asserted that “the images were painted directly through me, without preliminary drawings and with great power. I had no idea what the pictures would represent. “
Believing that the world is not yet ready to see his paintings, af Klint left his family with explicit instructions for his paintings to be kept locked up for two decades after his death in 1944. Since they came out of storage, af Klint’s paintings have taken the art (and fashion) world by storm with exhibitions of his works breaking attendance records.
DETAILS: December 4 to March 27, 2022, adult admission $ 22.50. For more information, click here.
Moana Currents: Dressing Aotearoa Now, MTG Hawke’s Bay Tai Ahuriri
Presented by the New Zealand Fashion Museum and curated by Doris de Pont and Dan Ahwa, Moana Currents: dress Aotearoa now examines how our history of migration and cultural exchange has shaped the way we dress today. The exhibit, which toured other centers across the country, explores the vā of Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa (the Pacific Ocean) and how these different threads were woven together to create a distinctive identity. unique to Aotearoa.
Pont and Ahwa selected pieces from emerging and established local designers working in the fields of fashion, jewelry and tattooing, to explore a range of themes, including technology, heritage craft techniques, evolving patterns. cultural and the permanent dialogue between packaging and structured dressing. The exhibition includes pieces by Trelise Cooper, Emilia Wickstead, Bill Urale aka King Kapisi, Neil Adcock, Kereama Taepa and Zelda Murray.
DETAILS: November 27 to March 6, 2022. For more information, click here.