Fashion Events @ Auckland Art Gallery / California Design 1930-1965

CALIFORNIA DESIGN1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way
Organised by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
@ The Auckland Art Gallery
This exhibition has just opened in Auckland and there’s a terrific line up of talks to accompany it.

I’ve selected out the lectures relating to fashion however if you’re interested in the broader categories of design eg architecture, product design, film and photography, for example, you’re in for a treat.

For the full programme, go the the gallery’s website:

SUNDAY 28th July  (2 Events)

1. Meet and talk with Driss Lambaraa who founded Tango 14 years ago, an amazing salon which specialises in vintage designer clothing, jewellery, furniture and accessories.

12-2 pm North Atrium – free entry

2. Doris De Pont – The Californian ‘Look’ comes to New Zealand in the 50s and 60s

Fashion Museum founder and curator, Doris de Pont discusses the influence of post-war California fashion styles on New Zealand via Hollywood movies and movie magazines that were the influential taste makers during that period.

Auditorium – free entry

SUNDAY 4th August

Sharon Evans-Mikellis – Effortless Cool; Fashion and Mid-century Modernism

Practising designer and Senior lecturer in Fashion and Textile Design at AUT University. Sharon Evans-Mikellis explores mid-century design as expressed through fashion; the legacy of the modernist aesthetic and it’s crossover into popular culture.

Auditorium – free entry

SUNDAY 8th September (2 Events)

1. Claire Regnault: The arrival and impact of Californian Fashion on NZ

Renowned commentator on design history, fashion and textiles expert Claire Regnault, who is also Senior Curator Creative Industries at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongawera, discusses how, when and why Californian fashion made its impact on New Zealand.

3pm Auditorium – free entry

2. Design Encounter – AUT Fashion In Motion

Fashion Design students from AUT University’s School of Art & Design present their responses to the exhibition California Design in a fashion in motion event.Rather than the standard catwalk presentation the student’s designs will be displayed over an extended period of time allowing you to inspect each creation closely and to meet and talk with the designer.

North atrium – free entry

SUNDAY 15th September

Meet and talk with the founders of Strangely Normal clothing company, Claire Dutton and Michael Cox and view their extensive range of 50s and 60s menswear.

North Atrium – free entry

SUNDAY 29th September

Meet and talk with avid Barbie Doll collector Patsy Carlyle who owns the largest collection of boxed Barbies in New Zealand. Patsy will be bringing a range of pre 1965 Barbies from her collection and her associates from the Barbie Club.

North Atrium – free entry



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