The wrap: April

Another busy month ahead all over the place.

In Dunedin, this year’s model iD is the iD Dunedin Fashion Festival, a suite of talks, popups, film screenings, exhibitions and other events. The bulk of activities are Friday 5 and Saturday 6 April. Talks include members of the iD family – Sara Munro, Tanya Carlson – and newer names like Tara Viggo and Vicki Taylor. Popups include Stitch Kitchen’s fabric sale, the vintage roundup and the ‘ultimate Ōtepoti pop-up concept store’. An extra highlight is a video talk from Normandy on Christian Dior, presented by Jeanne Dubois, a Dior museum guide.

Georgina May Young
Georgina May Young, March 2024 Image supplied by the artist

Next on the list is an exhibition at Christchurch gallery, The National, where work by Georgina May Young is showing until mid April. Georgina’s rich embroideries are on show in Can you pick me up?, alongside sculptural work by Kate Fitzharris and Bekah Carran.

Two things to note at the top of the South Island. Changing Threads 24 entries close on 19 April. It’s the 15th year of the Contemporary Textile Fibre Awards and they have an extensive programme of events to celebrate alongside the exhibition of finalists in Nelson in May. Also in Nelson, Broadgreen House has gone to the gothic, with Fatal Fashion, considering some of the costs of costume and the allure of alliteration, as detailed below.

The North Island is also contributing to this year’s already impressive tally of textile exhibition. (Yes, I’m trying to keep count.) The headliner here comes from Auckland Council Libraries. That’s so last century: what we wore 1950s-1990s has had a lot of mainstream media coverage, including Ensemble and RNZ interviews that expand on detail for those of us who might not make it to see it.

Also in Auckland on 6 April: ‘a fashion fiesta like no other’ at Te Oro Music and Arts Centre, World on the Runway a cultural fashion show. Where styles meet smiles apparently – sounds intriguing, register via the link. The world is also invoked by Rozana Lee’s exhibition at the Corbans Estate Arts Centre, Windows to the World, in which the artist shares her cultural and familial heritage in her current Pacific context. This exhibition is part of Auckland Arts Festival 2024 and runs until 27 April.

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