Home Sewn Exhibition

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.

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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.

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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.

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Other dresses were more of their time like this beautiful 1980s silk and lace dress (back view):

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If you’re in Auckland and into sewing you should pop along!

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