Fash­ion his­tory goes on pa­rade

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The New Zealand Fash­ion Mu­seum is stag­ing a 10-day event show­cas­ing what it de­scribes as the fash­ion­able part of Auck­land.

Fash­ion Mu­seum di­rec­tor Doris de Pont says the event, un­til April 1, will in­clude guided walk­ing tours, fash­ion pa­rades, and cu­ra­tor’s tours of the ex­hi­bi­tion.

‘‘More in-depth in­sight to our city’s rich his­tory will be re­vealed through a sched­ule of cu­ra­tor’s tours of the ex­hi­bi­tion and a se­ries of 45-minute guided walk­ing tours of re­lated fash­ion sites around the city,’’ she says.

‘‘The guided tours will take par­tic­i­pants through the streets and al­ley­ways to dis­cover a hid­den his­tory of fash­ion in the city.’’

She says guides will share sto­ries that en­rich the ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing in the city by ex­pos­ing its lay­ers, in­creas­ing ap­pre­ci­a­tion and pre­serv­ing this as­pect of Auck­land’s rich cul­tural and social her­itage.

Smith and Caughey’s hosts an ex­hi­bi­tion in its his­toric Lip­pin­cott Room on the sixth floor of the land­mark Queen Street build­ing.

It dis­plays gar­ments from more than 20 Auck­land de­sign­ers, man­u­fac­tur­ers and re­tail­ers from the past to to­day.

Auck­land coun­cil­lor Penny Hulse says it will be a rare op­por­tu­nity to visit the fa­mous room.

‘‘This venue has a proud his­tory of its own as the home of the Auck­land Lyceum Club, which was founded in 1919 to pro­vide an in­tel­lec­tu­ally stim­u­lat­ing en­vi­ron­ment ed­u­cated for women,’’ she says.

The pro­gramme for Walk the Walk: A His­tory of Fash­ion in the City cul­mi­nates in two live cat­walk events in El­liott Street on Satur­day, April 1, at 1pm and 2pm.

‘‘We’re invit­ing vis­i­tors to cham­pion our lo­cal style by dress­ing in their best New Zealand vin- tage or cur­rent New Zealand­de­signed fash­ion,’’ de Pont says.

There will be a prize draw for those who reg­is­ter.

En­try to all events of Walk the Walk: A His­tory of Fash­ion in the City is free to the pub­lic.

The event is sup­ported and in part­ner­ship with the Auck­land Coun­cil, Auck­land City Cen­tre Ad­vi­sory Board, Heart of the City, and Smith and Caughey’s.

The New Zealand Fash­ion Mu­seum was es­tab­lished in 2010 and is ded­i­cated to the re­search and pre­sen­ta­tion of this coun­try’s fash­ion his­tory.

For more in­for­ma­tion, see http://www.nz­fash­ion­mu­seum.org.nz/events.

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