Exhibition Black in Fashion

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Exhibition Black in Fashion

The Black in Fashion pop-up exhibition currently showing in Auckland, explores the subject of how and why black has become an integral part of New Zealand identity. The exhibition, organised by Fashion Museum curator Doris Du Pont, has been scheduled to coincide with the festivities around the Rugby World Cup and the natural association of the colour black with the All Blacks and with New Zealand.

Whitecliffe is the only tertiary institute to have works considered to be of sufficient merit for representation in the exhibition. Congratulations to the following students on their selection.


Nour Hassan (BFA Fashion Design graduate 2010)

Nour’s garment is made with felted wool, aluminum frame and metal press studs.and gives expression to her concern about the status of Palestine and its people.


Amalia O’Neil (BFA Fashion Design graduate 2010)

The garment designed and constructed by Amalia utilises leather, plastic boning, power mesh and lace. ‘This outfit represents what black is to me: a shade of elegance, sophistication and domination… anything goes in fashion trends; my garments reflect the freedom of the times, and our obsession with bygone fashion eras”.


Lan Yu (BFA Fashion Design graduate 2009)

Lan’s garment is from her winning graduation collection. It is made from wool, taffeta, lace, jersey, leather strapping and buckles. In her graduation collection Lan Yu asked "Who Made All The Rules? As a young woman of Chinese heritage living in New Zealand she ponders the cultural prescription of what one should wear. She restricted her colour palette to create garments with many options; androgynous, reversible and multi-layered.

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