Where were Dior originals made in Auckland? Who was the fashion designer that became one of NZ’s most famous madams? Who made Trelise Cooper’s wedding dress? Discover these and many more fascinating stories about Auckland’s fashionable past …
Walk the Walk will reveal the traces that remain of our inner city fashion history through an exhibition of beautiful garments, two live fashion parades and a guided walking tour of the city.
Smith & Caughey’s will host the Walk the Walk exhibition in the historic Lippincott Room on the 6th floor. The exhibition will provide a rare opportunity to visit this lovely venue and an auspicious background for the Fashion Museum to display garments from over 20 local designers, manufacturers and retailers from the past and today. A curator's tour will take place on 22 and 24 March at 12pm.
More in-depth insight to our city’s rich history will be revealed through a series of 45 minute guided walking tours of related fashion sites around the city. Register for the walking tours by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name and the session you'd like to attend.
The Walk the Walk: A history of fashion in the city programme will culminate in two dynamic live catwalk events on Elliott Street on Saturday 1 April.
Participation in all parts of the Walk the Walk: a history of fashion in the city programme is free to the public.
The New Zealand Fashion Museum exhibition, Walk the Walk: A history of fashion in the city is a rare opportunity to visit a unique piece of Auckland women’s history - the Lyceum Club on the 6th floor of Smith & Caughey’s Queen Street building.
In the mid-19th century the idea of 'the club' was synonymous with gentlemen's clubs, developed to support men's social and business networks. The story of how women managed to create a parallel tradition is a significant strand in the history of women’s emancipation.
A room of one’s own, an income and agency in decision making are issues that constrained and concerned women. Prior to the Married Women’s Property Act in the United Kingdom (and also New Zealand), a woman’s legal title in her property, physical or intellectual, became her husband’s at marriage. Unmarried women might have an income from employment, but otherwise they were dependent on the largesse of their fathers or male guardians.
Educated and energetic women in Auckland also sought a welcome and intellectually stimulating environment and established their own club. It was modelled on the London Lyceum Club founded by Constance Smedley in 1903. It was a club for ladies engaged with literature, journalism, art, science and medicine, who required 'a substantial and dignified milieu where [they] could meet editors and other employers and discuss matters as men did in professional clubs: above all in surroundings that did not suggest poverty'. The London Lyceum building had a library, an art gallery (in which the work of members was displayed) and 35 bedrooms. The club employed hairdressers and sewing maids; it was a place for women to gather and to stay when they visited the city.
The Lyceum Club had international aspirations and groups of women established branches around the globe in places like Berlin (1905), Paris (1906), Rome (1908) and Auckland (1919). All aspired to cater for the professional working woman or the woman interested in social and political affairs.
In 1928, when renowned American architect, Roy Lippincott, designed the extensions to the Smith & Caughey department store, the entire 6th floor was purpose-built for the Auckland Lyceum Club. It included a library, dining room, card room, meeting rooms and an auditorium with a small stage for concerts and performances. At its peak the club had 1000 members and, as well as providing a safe, supportive and comfortable haven in the city, it provided an intellectually and culturally stimulating programme of events.
The Fashion Museum is delighted to be the latest in this tradition offering an exhibition that records and celebrates our local fashion history and the important contribution that women have made to the making of our city.
The Fashion Museum was responsible for the research, curation, loans from private collections, the publication and publicity for the exhibition.
We wish to recognise the large number of generous people who lend us invaluable support that helps us realise our projects
Tejo van Schie, Kim Smith, Jennifer Matheson, Linda Evans, Sandra Yee, Ceredwyn Jones, Ginnie Denny, Gina Wing, Glenice Stevens, Priyanka Rana, Christine Druce, Annmarie Williams, Mariam Sacranie, Robin Whitworth, Ruth Baron, Paula Kenyon, Leilani Marsters, Arielle Walker and Melissa Albom.
Hilaire Field, Manu and Barbara at Across the Board, Miranda at First Scene, Driss at Tango, Stephanie Tattersfield, Kim Smith, Cecilie Geary, Genevieve de Pont, Philip Peacocke, Kate Tattersfield, Katherine Findlay, Cerys Dallaway-Davidson, Tejo van Schie, Brendan Main, Raewyn Whyte, WORLD, Trelise Cooper, Richard Wolfe, Jennifer Godward, Barbara Herrick, Joy Gerbic, Annie Bonza, Bruce Papas, Justine Neal, Sylvia Lund, Paul Hartigan, Barbara Herrick, Susan Scarf, Carmel Platt, Christine Talbot, Judith Baragwanath, Katerina Marinkovich, Gus Fisher archives, Kingsize Studios, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Keith Giles and the team at Auckland Libraries, Fashion Quarterly magazine and Papers Past. Students, graduates and staff from Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, AUT - Auckland University of Technology supported by Cut Above Academy, NZ Fashion Tech and Sewtec Fashion Academy.
Our thanks to Smith + Caughey’s for hosting the NZ Fashion Museum and this exhibition. The salon chairs and mannequins used in the exhibition were proudly loaned by El Jay NZ Ltd.
Thank you to Servilles Academy and MAC Cosmetics for the hair and makeup at the live show. To the models from Vanity Walk, Clyne Model Management, 62 Models, BINTANG MODELS, Frances Bates and the friends and relations who showed the garments on the runway. We acknowledge the invaluable support the Fashion Museum receives from Foundation North that allows us to further our work, For funding that made the realisation of the Walk the Walk project possible we would like to thank the Auckland Council and its Activation Team, Heart of the City and Waitematā Local Board.
The New Zealand Fashion Museum is for anyone with a love of fashion, heritage, innovation and creativity. With no fixed abode other than this online address, it is a museum dedicated to the curation of New Zealand’s rich fashion past, making it relevant for the present and future.
Established in 2010 as a Charitable Trust, it records and shares the stories of the people, objects and photographs that have contributed to the development of New Zealand's unique fashion identity. It makes them visible and accessible to a broad audience through pop-up exhibitions, publications and our online museum. Read more
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