The Dress Circle
New Zealand Fashion Design Since 1940
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|Format: ||Hardback, 400 pages|
|Other Information: ||Illustrations (some col.)|
|Published In: ||New Zealand, 29 October 2010|
The Dress Circle inserts seven decades of history into the family tree of New Zealand fashion design in a landmark book that celebrates both the achievements of New Zealand fashion designers from the recent past and the high-profile success of the contemporary generation. In over 400 fully illustrated pages, authors Lucy Hammonds, Douglas Lloyd Jenkins and Claire Regnault reveal the wealth of stories that underpin the development of New Zealand's unique fashion design history. They showcase the talents and undeniable flair of a wide range of New Zealand fashion designers, from the well-known to those who have slipped out of the public eye. At the same time The Dress Circle explores the key social shifts that empowered change in fashion, offering a new view of a vital and exciting branch of New Zealand design culture. Shortlisted for the 2011 NZ Post Book Awards.
About the Author
Douglas Lloyd Jenkins is the director of the Hawke's Bay Museum and Art Gallery and one of New Zealand's best known commentators and writers on our design history, ranging from architecture to ceramics. His landmark book At Home was the Montana Book Awards Non-Fiction winner in 2004. Claire Regnault, a fashion and textiles expert, has recently left the Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt, where she was an innovative senior curator, for a senior position at Te Papa. Lucy Hammonds is a curator at the Hawke's Bay Museum and Art Gallery with expertise in fashion and textiles.