Unbound: Liberating women
21-23 September 2018, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin
Recognising 125 years of women’s suffrage in New Zealand, the 2018 Costume and Textile Association of New Zealand symposium Unbound: Liberating Women offered an opportunity to explore the past, present or future roles of dress and textiles in women’s suffrage and other liberating moments
How do cloth, clothes, fashion and art reveal, reflect or challenge social limits for women? In the spirit of the early suffragists, how might they empower futures and/or relate to feminist projects? How are they used to give or constrain political voice? When is cloth revolutionary?
Unbound: Liberating Women celebrated the power of cloth and clothes in the visual, material world and explores how women make and use these to transform and transcend boundaries.
The 2018 CTANZ Symposium was presented in partnership with Otago Polytechnic and as part of New Zealand’s Suffrage 125 celebrations. The weekend included the opening of an associated exhibition, Unbound, at the Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic.