A new exhibition, Moana Currents: Dressing Aotearoa Now, will open at Canterbury Museum on Saturday February 22 and will showcase Pacific-inspired looks. Award-winning garments by talented Christchurch teen Natasha Senior will be among the looks on show.
Part of Senior’s collection features a linen top and neoprene trousers – a look that won her the top prize at the YMCA Walk the Line Catwalk as part of New Zealand Fashion Week. Other designers’ work on display includes that of Trelise Cooper and Adrienne Whitewood, both well-established in the industry.
The exhibition has been developed by the New Zealand Fashion Museum and gives insight on fashion and how Aotearoa New Zealand’s identity is shaped by its place in the Pacific Ocean. Garments and jewellery have been selected to showcase the influence of the Pacific on New Zealand people, who they are and what they wear.
There will be a variety of garments including streetwear, a merino wool wrap and kaitaka (a flax fibre cloak). This is the first South Island stop for the exhibition and Canterbury Museum director Anthony Wright says, “The exhibition is a terrific showcase for the extraordinary work of Aotearoa New Zealand’s fashion designers and the pride we have in the way Pacific cultures have influenced our Kiwi sense of style.”
Photo credit: Mara Sommer
Moana Currents: Dressing Aotearoa Now