Behind the Scenes x 2

We visit the Auckland Museum archives and take a look behind the scenes at garments by NZ textile designer, Susan Holmes, and we attend a private screening of 'The First Monday in May'

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Behind the Scenes x 2
  • Monday, 17 October 2016

Visit to the Auckland Museum

Our students were invited behind the scenes by the photographer who is documenting the collections in the Auckland Museum's archives as she thought our students might be interested to have a look at the garments she was photographing for the upcoming exhibition of NZ textile designer, Susan Holmes at The New Zealand Fashion Museum

"After a lovely walk to through the Auckland Domain we reached the Auckland Museum. We were taken back behind the scenes into a working space dedicated to the upkeep and restoration of garments owned by the museum and organising the photography of the garments. Currently working on Susan Holmes garments we got an up close look at two beautiful garments and learn their stories. We were then taking through to the studio and saw where everything is photographed for the museum's online catalogue.  It was interesting to hear the photographer talk about her thought process when photographing the garments. Using the correct background and mannequin colours make the garment pop and make the garments look amazing. I found it refreshing to see another side of the fashion industry which looks after the heritage of fashion in NZ." says Paula.

Private screening of 'The First Monday in May'

Our students and staff had the opportunity to attend a private screeing of this movie which takes a look behind the scenes at the most attended fashion exhibition in the history of The Costume Institute at the Metroploitan Museum of Art, New York. Following Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine and Met Gala chair,  and Andrew Bolton, curator, we watch the creation of 'China: Through the Looking Glass'

The attention to detail, planning and organising of the star-studded event was jaw-dropping - as were the Haute Couture garments worn by the hundreds of celebrities that attended the spectacular evening. 

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