Eden Hore’s future discussed
The future of the Eden Hore Collection will be discussed at the Central Otago District Council’s final meeting for the year.
A Central Otago District Council spokesperson said the feasibility study report, funded through a Lottery World War I Commemoration Environment and Heritage grant, was commissioned by council to investigate options for the long-term care, management and display of the Eden Hore Collection.
Eden Hore was a high country farmer in Naseby who was fascinated in the transformation of raw products such as wool, produced on the land, to fabrics and garments.
Hore passed away in Ranfurly in 1997 and his collection, considered a snapshot in time of the country’s emerging fashion industry, was passed onto his nephew John Steele and his wife Margaret. The council bought the collection in 2013 for $40,000.
Tim Walker, principal consultant of the company that prepared the report, will present the report to council and the ideologies behind it.
The feasibility study report highlights three key concepts that underpin the value of the collection:
❚ The collection: this nationally significant collection of avant garde 1970s-1980s fashion provides a unique insight into the fashion industry and New Zealand social history of the time.
❚ The story: the collection has a rich story value both for avant garde fashion and the big sky thinking of Central Otago high country impresario Eden Hore.
❚ The experience: high quality visitor experiences could be developed that celebrate the collection.
The feasibility study assessed options available to council in terms of the nature and level of outcomes it might deliver in relationship to ownership of the collection. These included selling the collection, retaining it with limited public display options, and retaining the collection and developing a strategic coalition model for is management, care, promotion and display. The report to council proposes council confirm its intent to maintain ownership of the collection and adopt a phased approach to the development of the Eden Hore Central Otago proposition, with a focus for this financial year on garment care, cataloguing and story development.
The report will be discussed in open meeting which begins at 11am.