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Dressing for Splendour

Sunday 2 October 2016, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Enjoy an illustrated talk about the luxurious garments featured in the Splendour exhibition. Discover 18th-century fashion, and watch how the experts get these intricate dresses ready for display.

Join Claire Regnault, Te Papa’s senior curator of history, and textiles conservator Anne Peranteau for a fascinating discussion about the rituals and fashions of the 1700s.

Claire explains stomachers, and stays, delves into London’s famous Spitalfields silk-weaving industry, touches on the fashion rivalry between England and France, and celebrates male sartorial splendor – including a contraband waistcoat and an anti-slavery medallion.

Anne explores some of the challenges of bringing 250 year-old garments to life in the museum, and demonstrates the process of getting one of them ready for display.

This a Te Papa event.  To make it easy for you, we are offering to take members bookings for this event.  Numbers are limited and booking  is required.

To register, use the ‘Book now’ button or phone the Friends office on (04) 381 7051.

Feature image: ©Te Papa/Kate Whitely.

Friends $10, guests $15 (includes a light afternoon tea)


Sunday 2 October 2016
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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