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A Darker Eden

By Carolyn Enting

A Darker Eden
The creative and darker side of Dunedin fashion is spotlit in new exhibition A Darker Eden: Fashion from Dunedin.

Fashion from Dunedin has a reputation for being gothic, dark, romantic, edgy and non-conformist. It’s the birthplace of some of New Zealand’s leading and innovative designers – NOM*d, Tanya Carlson and Mild Red. Zambesi’s Elisabeth Findlay also grew up there.

To celebrate the creative context of Dunedin fashion, the New Zealand Fashion Museum’s first exhibition of 2015, A Darker Eden: Fashion from Dunedin, opens at Silo 6, Silo Park, Auckland this Friday on February 13.

A Darker Eden: Fashion from Dunedin features three leading fashion labels of the south – NOM*d, Mild Red and Tanya Carlson. It also introduces 20 Dunedin alumni who are currently marking their mark in fashion – including Company of Strangers, Twenty-Seven Names, Maaike, Vaughan Geeson and Mushama & Me.

It investigates Dunedin’s neo-gothic and colonial architecture, university culture, colder climate and hilly harbour setting as influences that have long attracted writers, artists, musicians and poets, as well as fashion designers.

The exhibition runs until March 1, 2015 and entry by koha (donation).

Picture credit: Designer Kelsi Bennett. Photography Laura Bennett.



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