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Fashion in the Museum

Saturday 10 December 2016, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm



Valerie Steele, Director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, will present a lecture on the rise of the fashion exhibition.

Dr Steele will discuss the history of collecting and exhibiting fashion, from the first (imaginary) fashion museum in the 18th century through to the first great temporary ‘museums’ like the one at the Exposition Universelle of 1900, a world’s fair held in Paris, and up to the current situation where fashion is exhibited in various dedicated fashion museums,  as well as in art, history, and Idesign museums.

As an author, curator, editor, public intellectual and one of ‘fashion’s brainiest women’ (The Washington Post), Valerie Steele has been instrumental in creating the modern field of fashion studies and in raising public awareness of the cultural and social significance of fashion.

Dr Steele is visiting New Zealand as a keynote speaker for the End of Fashion conference, which is being held at Massey University (8-9 December 2016).

Presented with the support of Massey University Wellington.

Pamela Church Gibson is also a keynote speaker at the End of Fashion conference. You can hear Pamela talk at the City Gallery on their Cindy Sherman exhibition opening 19 November.

In her blog Curator Claire Regnault discusses the declaration that ‘fashion is dead’ – a question at the heart of the End of Fashion conference.

Listen to End of Fashion interview with Lynn Freeman on Standing Room Only

Hear Valerie Steel talk to Kim Hill on the pleasure and perils of fashion.

Online bookings have now closed.
Door sales will be available on the day from 10.15am.  Plenty of seats available.


Feature image: detail from designer Iris van Herpen from her Lucid collection, FW 2016, Paris Fashion Week, March 8 2016.

Members and students $10, public $15 (includes free parking)


Saturday 10 December 2016
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Soundings Theatre, Level 2 Te Papa
55 Cable Street
Wellington, 6011 New Zealand