Auckland’s 4 Days of Fashion in the City begins 21 March and the New Zealand Fashion Museum is kicking it off in, literally, a certain style. A Certain Style is the museum’s new 2018 exhibition, showcasing the work of Bruce Papas, NZ’s first in-store couturier. It will be showing at Smith & Caughey’s, Queen Street, opening 19 March until Easter.
After beginning his career as an apprentice for Flora McKenzie’s Ninette Gowns, for the next 40 years, Bruce designed elegant ensembles for the Auckland fashion set. The exhibition includes garments, embroideries and sketches, as well as the personal collections of a number of Bruce Papas’ private clients, and there are Curator’s Tours of the exhibition at 10.30am on Thursday 22 and Saturday 24 March (free entry).
The NZ Fashion Museum’s exhibition page includes links to its Bruce Papas profile, Bruce Papas garments in the Museum collection, and the RNZ interview with curators Doris de Pont and Jane Groufsky. And Doris enlarged on the exhibition for The Spinoff website as well.
For more details on Auckland’s upcoming four days of fashion:
The Fashion Museum is also involved with another project this coming week:
Fashion, Art + Feminism Wiki edit-a-thon
Wikipedia suffers from a well-documented lack of female participation and content. If you’d like to help address that, you can join the New Zealand Fashion Museum at the Auckland Central City Library, on Saturday 24 March from 10.30am to 3.30pm for an all-day communal updating of Wikipedia entries on subjects relating to fashion, gender, art and feminism.
Even if you don’t feel you can contribute to the editing, stop by to show your support for this project – and those of us in the rest of the country look forward to seeing the results in our Wikipedia searches.