Contents Introduction 6 1 Stitch! Stitch! Stitch! 16 2 Hard Shopping 64 3 Rites of Passage 124 4 Balls, Plain and Fancy 188 5 Feathermania 242 6 Dressing for Royalty 280 7 The Active Woman 326 The Final Word 378 Behind the Image 380 Notes 388 Glossary 413 Bibliography 416 Image Credits 422 Acknowledgements 423 About the Author 425 Index 426.
* Sumptuous, and full of rich imagery. * The first major publication on fashion in 19th century New Zealand for over 40 years. * Features gowns from museums throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. * Warmly and accessibly written. * Gives great insights into the lives of women from the earliest days of the settler colony to the early 1900s. * Shows how New Zealand's dress history was alive to international trends but also shaped by interactions with Maori, the demands of settler lifestyle and the country's geography and environment. * A beautiful gift for anyone interested in fashion and women's history.
Claire Regnault is Senior Curator New Zealand Culture and History at Te Papa and has worked as a curator in the art gallery and museum sector since 1994. Her curatorial practice is eclectic in nature and she is particularly passionate about New Zealands fashion history. She is the author of New Zealand Gown of the Year (2003), and co-author, with Douglas Lloyd Jenkins and Lucy Hammonds of The Dress Circle: New Zealand Fashion Design Since 1940 (2010), which was a finalist in the 2011 NZ Post Book Awards. She is an active member of the Costume & Textile Association of New Zealand, and regularly contributes to the associations symposia and journal.
'This is an exquisite book, from its tactile padded cover, stunning black & white and colour images, through to the detail of a pink bookmark ribbon; "Dressed" is a book to savour slowly.' - NZ BookLovers; Author feature in Stuff, "How a Te Papa curator presents the collections in her own home", May 30, 2021.; The May issue of Capital has mentioned Dressed as a "gorgeously illustrated social history of New Zealand clothing."; The Listener's Linda Herrick praised Dressed for its ability to "draw many unknown names and faces out of the shadows of the past" in its exploration into women's fashion.