A material history of dress
The Public History Talks are hosted by the Ministry for Culture & Heritage History Group at the National Library of New Zealand. They are usually held on the first Wednesday of the month from March to November.
- Date: Wednesday, 5 September, 2018
12:10pm to 1:00pm
Free. Booking is not required.
Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon
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Women’s fashionable dress in colonial Aotearoa New Zealand
As part of our Suffrage125 programme this Public History Talk by Claire Regnault will look at women’s fashionable dress in colonial Aotearoa New Zealand.
Opportunites and challenges of researching material culture
Claire Regnault is currently researching and writing a history of women’s fashionable dress in colonial Aotearoa New Zealand for Te Papa Press.
As a museum curator, her research is based in material culture, and is guided by research methodologies specific to dress.
In this illustrated talk she will discuss the opportunities and challenges of this approach, and share some of her finds, along with some frustrating absences including a much desired pair of 1890s cycling knickerbockers.
About the speaker
Claire Regnault has worked as a curator in the museum and gallery sector for over 20 years, and is the Senior Curator History at Te Papa, where she specialises in dress.
Her publications include The Dress Circle: New Zealand Fashion Design Since 1940, with Lucy Hammonds and Douglas Lloyd Jenkins, which was a finalist in the 2011 NZ Post Book Awards, and The New Zealand Gown of the Year.
Claire is an active member of the Costume and Textile Association of New Zealand.