Moana Currents: Dressing Aotearoa Now

Canterbury Museum

See leading-edge New Zealand fashion in Moana Currents: Dressing Aotearoa Now.

Presented by the New Zealand Fashion Museum, the exhibition looks at how we dress today and the way various threads drawn from across Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa  (the Pacific Ocean) are creating a distinctive Aotearoa New Zealand style.

Curators Doris de Pont and Dan Ahwa have selected pieces from emerging and established New Zealand designers to explore a range of themes including technology, heritage craft techniques like stitching and weaving, the evolution of cultural motifs and the ongoing dialogue between wrapping and structured dressing.

See Trelise Cooper’s take on the muumuu, a merino wool wrap by Emilia Wickstead that evokes a muka kaitaka (flax-fibre cloak), and street wear by hip hop artist Bill Urale aka King Kapisi. Art jewellery pieces from Neil Adock, Kereama Taepa, Fran Allison and Zelda Murray explore traditional forms using materials and technologies in new ways.

The fashionably styled looks on display illustrate how our place in the Pacific is shaping who we are and what we wear.

Exhibition presented in partnership with the New Zealand Fashion Museum

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