Auckland's fashion walks the walk
The New Zealand Fashion Museum is staging a 10-day event showcasing what it describes as the fashionable part of Auckland.
Fashion Museum director Doris de Pont says the event, until April 1, will include guided walking tours, fashion parades, and curator's tours of the exhibition.
"More in-depth insight to our city's rich history will be revealed through a schedule of curator's tours of the exhibition and a series of 45-minute guided walking tours of related fashion sites around the city," she says.
"The guided tours will take participants through the streets and alleyways to discover a hidden history of fashion in the city."
She says guides will share stories that enrich the experience of being in the city by exposing its layers, increasing appreciation and preserving this aspect of Auckland's rich cultural and social heritage.
Smith and Caughey's hosts an exhibition in its historic Lippincott Room on the sixth floor of the landmark Queen Street building.
It displays garments from more than 20 Auckland designers, manufacturers and retailers from the past to today.
Auckland councillor Penny Hulse says it will be a rare opportunity to visit the famous room.
"This venue has a proud history of its own as the home of the Auckland Lyceum Club, which was founded in 1919 to provide an intellectually stimulating environment for educated women," she says.
The programme for Walk the Walk: A History of Fashion in the City culminates in two live catwalk events in Elliott Street on Saturday, April 1, at 1pm and 2pm.
"We're inviting visitors to champion our local style by dressing in their best New Zealand vintage or current New Zealand-designed fashion," de Pont says.
Entry to all events of Walk the Walk: A History of Fashion in the City is free to the public.
The event is supported and in partnership with the Auckland Council, Auckland City Centre Advisory Board, Heart of the City, and Smith and Caughey's.
The New Zealand Fashion Museum was established in 2010 and is dedicated to the research and presentation of this country's fashion history.
For more information, see http://www.nzfashionmuseum.org.nz/events.