Yesterday I went to see Home Sewn, an exhibition of home made kiwi clothes. It’s being held in Britomart, Auckland and running until Wednesday. And best of all – it’s entry by donation.
It was great to see a genre usually relegated to domesticity elevated to exhibition-worthy. There were some stunning dresses there, including this gorgeous 1950s ball gown made by Marion (Maisy) May Love Baker. I really liked how the curator put an emphasis on the actual seamstresses.
Some of the dresses were really timeless and avant garde (if a dress can be both simultaneously), like this 1956 dress made and worn by Naomi McDonald to the Plunket Ball, part of the winter social calendar in Eastbourne, Wellington.
Other dresses were more of their time like this beautiful 1980s silk and lace dress (back view):
If you’re in Auckland and into sewing you should pop along!