An August fabricolage


This weekend Aucklanders have the temptation of the Vintage Textile Fair‘s all-genuine-vintage clothes, furs, handbags, linen, shoes, jewellery, lace, buttons, patterns, books, fabric, etc etc. The ultimate in recycling, at Alexandra Park Raceway, Sunday 25 August, 10am-4pm, $10 entry.

There’s also an Original Vintage + Retro Fashion Pop-Up Shop in Dunedin Friday 6  and Saturday 7 September, at St Peter’s Anglican Church Hall, Hillside Road, 11.30am-6pm and 10am-4.30pm respectively. Cash only, bring your own bags.

The NZ Fashion Museum‘s already had a great response to a Boosted call for donations so the Moana Currents exhibition will have shiny new mannequins. Because the existing set are are “way too fashion store window”, the NZFM team is commissioning 16 “new people”, of varying shapes and sizes, in a new-people blue, and adorned with Pacific tattoo art to complement the modern Pacific fashion of the exhibition, which opens in September at Te Uru.

If you’re looking for ways to support New Zealand’s cultural sector, Creative New Zealand would like your input into into its plan for supporting sustainable careers in the arts. Arts practitioners and advocates are invited to offer feedback on principles that could contribute to a culture sector that will nurture its talent to survive and thrive.

A bit further afield, but if Victoria’s on your agenda between now and the end of the year, Bendigo Art Gallery maintains its admirable record of fabulous textile and dress exhibitions with two just opened. Desert Lines: Batik from Central Australia brings together around 60 selected works from the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, while Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion, exclusive to Bendigo Art Gallery in Australia, showcases more than 100 garments and hats from the master’s heyday. Both run 17 August – November.

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