A major exhibition that considers the questions of why and how black has become part of our identity as New Zealanders will pop-up in the Auckland Britomart precinct from 9 September to 24 October 2011.
The exhibition Black in Fashion: Wearing the Colour Black in New Zealand has been designed and realised by the New Zealand Fashion Museum, with Doris de Pont as curator. Timed to coincide with the Rugby World Cup, the exhibition is part of the REAL New Zealand Festival.
The exhibition breaks new ground as it is the first time the topic of “the wearing of black as part of our identity” has been explored in a museum exhibition. While there is not a single event or specific date which marks New Zealand adopting the colour black as our own, the exhibition builds a picture whereby the viewer gets a sense of the evolution of a black New Zealand identity.
Black in Fashion incorporates a diverse array of garments and objects which are organised across a number of themes including: black in early New Zealand, black in sport, in music, in film, black in authority, black against authority, black from a Maori perspective, black in a rural view, and black in fashion.
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