Little Art Deco beauties

Ruth Meier’s interest in buttons started when she worked at Wellington department store Kirkcaldie & Stains’ in haberdashery in the 1950s but it was her three decades living in Switzerland that really fired her up.

Next month some of the most beautiful as well as interesting buttons from Meier’s 3000-strong button collection will be the feature of a new exhibition opening at The Dowse Art Museum on July 11 entitled, All That Jazz: Deco highlights from the Ruth Meier Collection. The exhibition is a celebration of a heyday in button production, the Art Deco era.

Each button in the exhibition is a tiny work of art that reflects the time in which it was made. Starting with the Art Nouveau in the 1890s through to Art Deco in the 1920s to 1940s, they show developing technology and fashions.

Meier has amassed her collection of buttons over a period spanning 40 years. From her very first button she purchased at an antique fair, Meier says she was hooked. “It was like a love affair and I couldn’t stop,” Meier says.

The Dowse senior curator Emma Budgen says they chose to showcase the Art Deco era because of the strong design quality of the buttons. “For those with an interest in textiles and fashion, particularly visitors to the region attending WOW (World of WearableArt), this exhibition will be an opportunity to see something very special,” Budgen says.

The exhibition runs until 31 January 2016.

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Photo by Mark Tantrum

Dior news: two exhibitions, a new book and boutique

Calling all Dior devotees, particularly those planning a trip to France or South Korea in the next few months.

The Musee Christian Dior housed in the couturier’s childhood home in Granville, Normandy, is now playing host to exhibition Dior, the New Look Revolution. The exhibition opened on June 6 and runs until November 1.

A book, with the same title, has been published by Rizzoli especially for the exhibition featuring a stunning drawing by Mats Gustafson of the Bar suit. The book, written by Laurence Benaim, is dedicated to this now legendary silhouette.

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On the other side of the world in the city of Seoul, another special exhibition, Esprit Dior, opened its doors this week on June 20 at Dongdaemum Design Plaza.

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The exhibition runs until August 25 and is a journey into the extraordinary universe of Christian Dior: his imagination, art, friendships, sublime silhouettes as well as his love of 18th century splendour.

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And in other Dior news, Christian Dior will open a new boutique in Seoul, South Korea on June 20.

Nestled in the heart of Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu district, the unique sculptural and fluid building was designed by French architect Christian de Portzamparc, winner of architecture’s prestigious Pritzker Prize. The voluminous folds of the boutique’s bright white facade were inspired by the fabrics, shapes and movement of the toiles created in Dior’s haute couture atelier. They take form in 12 soaring resin and fibreglass sails.


The six-storey boutique will house Dior accessories, fine jewellery, watches, womenswear, footwear and menswear as well as a VIP lounge.

To celebrate the opening of this groundbreaking boutique in Asia, Dior has launched a Limited Edition collection to be sold exclusively in Korea. Featuring handbags and accessories including special versions of iconic Dior items, all of the pieces will be numbered and engraved with the words “Limited Edition”.