At the Beach

New Zealand Fashion Museum has put out public call for help for upcoming exhibition At the Beach which will open at the New Zealand Maritime Museum in October 2015.

The exhibition will explore more than 100 years of New Zealand’s beach culture from the early 1900s to 2000.

The Fashion Museum is calling for interesting and fashionable materials from private collections and closets in the hope of discovering a wealth of personal ‘at the beach’ memorabilia and memories that can be narrated into the exhibition and publication.

“As well as swimwear we are also seeking relaxed summer beach fashion – for both men and women,” says exhibition curator Dianne Ludwig.

Think sundresses, lounging suits, coveralls, Hawaiian shirts and board shorts, and beach fashion accessories including jandals, plimsoles, sandals, hats, sunglasses, parasols and bathing caps. Also photos and advertising images.

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Image credit: Photo of Pamela Clark by Ron Clark. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 1207-1192

Japanese Fashion at Brisbane’s GOMA

An exhibition of contemporary Japanese fashion at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) in Brisbane is a “must see” for appreciators of intelligent fashion and lovers of style

More than 90 garments and accessories from the famous Kyoto Costume Institute in Japan feature in the comprehensive exhibition, Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion, which has been curated by fashion historian Akiko Fukai and includes iconic garments by pioneering designers including Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto.

Early in their respective careers in the 1980s the distinctive garments of Miyake, Kawakubo and Yamamoto caused controversy and were described as avant garde because they introduced a new concept of clothing, which has since been imitated, and inspired designers worldwide.


Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion was first organised in conjunction with the Barbican Art Gallery, London and is the first major exhibition to include avant garde Japanese fashion from the early 1980s to the present.

It is split into four sections – In Praise of Shadows (exploring the use of black); Flatness (representing the reductive treatment of colour and shape); Tradition and Innovation (looks at fabric and construction); and Cool Japan (street style, popular culture and high fashion).

It includes garments, fashion objects, films and photographs that embody Japanese style and its aesthetic principles.

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