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Moana Currents: Dressing Aotearoa Now

Moana Currents: Dressing Aotearoa Now

When:

  • Sat 7 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 8 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 9 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 10 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 11 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 12 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 13 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 14 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 15 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 16 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 17 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 18 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 19 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 20 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 21 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 22 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 23 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 24 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 25 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 26 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 27 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 28 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 29 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 30 Sep, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 1 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 2 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 3 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 4 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 5 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 6 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 7 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 8 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 9 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 10 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 11 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 12 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 13 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 14 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 15 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 16 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 17 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 18 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 19 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 20 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 21 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 22 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 23 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 24 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 25 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 26 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 27 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 28 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 29 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 30 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 31 Oct, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 1 Nov, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 2 Nov, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 3 Nov, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 4 Nov, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 5 Nov, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 6 Nov, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 7 Nov, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 8 Nov, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 9 Nov, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 10 Nov, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 11 Nov, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 12 Nov, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 13 Nov, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 14 Nov, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 15 Nov, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 16 Nov, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 17 Nov, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 18 Nov, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 19 Nov, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 20 Nov, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 21 Nov, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 22 Nov, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 23 Nov, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 24 Nov, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mon 25 Nov, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue 26 Nov, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 27 Nov, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 28 Nov, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 29 Nov, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 30 Nov, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 1 Dec, 10:00am – 4:30pm
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Where:

Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery, 420 Titirangi Road, Titirangi

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

The Pacific has long been, to use the words of Maualaivao Albert Wendt ‘woven into my flesh like the music of bone flutes’ though New Zealanders have often failed to recognise the music.’ The metaphor for weaving is apt, for it happens through the incremental art of strand by strand, the power of this, at least from my standpoint, is that when Pacific and other weavers stand back and shake out their shared work - the New Zealand the Pacific has shaped - the whole looks nothing like anything made before.

Damon Salesa, Island Time: New Zealand’s Pacific Futures (2017)
Moana Currents: Dressing Aotearoa Now is an exhibition presented by the New Zealand Fashion Museum in partnership with Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery, showing how various threads drawn from across the Moana (Pacific Ocean) are being woven together to produce a new identity in which we can comfortably cloak ourselves in Aotearoa today.

The exhibition showcases pieces selected by curators Doris de Pont and Dan Ahwa to celebrate contemporary expression in jewellery, clothing, textile, and body adornment in New Zealand.

Complimented by art installations, video and performances the exhibition undresses the layers of references and invites the audience to consider the making of Aotearoa style. This three-part project includes the exhibition at Te Uru in Ttitirangi, as well as an accompanying book and online exhibition found at nzfashionmuseum.org.nz

Both emerging and established designers are included in the exhibition to explore a range of connecting themes, such as; the adaptation and application of technology, mastery and invention in the use of heritage craft techniques including stitching and weaving, the applications and evolution of cultural motifs, and the ongoing dialogue between wrapping and structured dressing.

Fashionable renditions of the muumuu by designers such as Adrienne Whitewood, Trelise Cooper and emerging talent Dru Douglas of Lumai address this, while a merino wool wrap by London-based New Zealand designer Emilia Wickstead, in collaboration with Woolmark in 2019, is reminiscent of a muka kaitaka.

A strapless tivaevae gown designed by Karen Walker in collaboration with Tukua Turia and the Kuki Airani Creative Mamas, representing New Zealand as part of the inaugural Commonwealth Exchange at Buckingham Palace in 2018, celebrates craft; street-wear looks by Hip-Hop artist Bill Urale, aka King Kapisi’s Overstayer label, which sold at Farmers during the early 2000s, translates cultural motifs for a new world; artful jewellery designs from Neil Adock, Kereama Taepa, Fran Allison and Zelda Murray explore traditional forms using new materials and technologies.

Opening event: Saturday 7 September, 4pm

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