Exhibition: Mollie Rodie Carnival Queen

During World War II, New Zealand designer and journalist Mollie Rodie found a new use for her fashion credentials. Her Carnival Queen costume designs brought a touch of Hollywood-style glamour to fundraising pageants and helped rally spirits on the home front.


This exhibition at Te Papa showcases a selection of Mollie’s beautiful watercolour designs for Queens and their attendants, alongside an album of period photographs that reveal how local women brought them to life.

Te Papa, Wellington, 1 August 2013 – 19 January 2014

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