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Moana Currents: Dressing Aotearoa Now

07 Sep 2019 - 01 Dec 2019


Saturday 7 September 2019, 10.00am - Sunday 1 December 2019, 4.30pm

10am-4.30pm daily


Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery, 420 Titirangi Road, Titirangi, Auckland

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09 817 8087


Moana Currents: Dressing Aotearoa Now is an exhibition presented by the New Zealand Fashion Museum in partnership with Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery, bringing together a collection of contemporary garments and accessories considering the Māori and Pacific identity of fashion in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The exhibition showcases pieces selected by curators Doris de Pont and Dan Ahwa to celebrate contemporary expression in jewellery, clothing, textile, and body adornment in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Complimented by art installations, video and performances the exhibition undresses the layers of references and invites the audience to consider the making of Aotearoa style.

This three-part project includes the exhibition at Te Uru in Ttitirangi, as well as an accompanying book and online exhibition found at

Both emerging and established designers are included in the exhibition to explore a range of connecting themes, such as; the adaptation and application of technology, mastery and invention in the use of heritage craft techniques including stitching and weaving, the applications and evolution of cultural motifs, and the ongoing dialogue between wrapping and structured dressing.

Fashionable renditions of the muumuu by designers such as Adrienne Whitewood, Trelise Cooper and emerging talent Dru Douglas of Lumai address this, while a merino wool wrap by London-based New Zealand designer Emilia Wickstead, in collaboration with Woolmark in 2019, is reminiscent of a muka kaitaka.

A strapless tivaevae gown designed by Karen Walker in collaboration with Tukua Turia and the Kuki Airani Creative Mamas, representing New Zealand as part of the inaugural Commonwealth Exchange at Buckingham Palace in 2018, celebrates craft; street-wear looks by Hip-Hop artist Bill Urale, aka King Kapisi’s Overstayer label, which sold at Farmers during the early 2000s, translates cultural motifs for a new world; artful jewellery designs from Neil Adock, Kereama Taepa, Fran Allison and Zelda Murray explore traditional forms using new materials and technologies.


Breathing new life into old clothes

The first thing Wayne Siu does after buying a suit is put it in the freezer. “It kills the moth larvae,” he laughs.

Step back in time at sewing workshops

A series of free workshops at Auckland Central City Library is giving people the opportunity to create items using vintage hand-cranked sewing machines.


​Arte Mani Studio will exhibit a range of their Italian decorative plaster panel artworks and furniture.