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Elle and the Youthquake: The Changing Face of Fashion

7 July - 14 October 2018

Free entry

Diana Vreeland, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue magazine, said in the 1960s: “Young designers are taking over and setting the trends – it’s a “Youthquake!”

Right here in Hamilton, 21-year-old Wendy Ganley established the fashion label Elle, proving that youthful confidence could change the face of fashion. In 1964, she opened the doors to her boutique and paved the way for other young designers to fully express identity through fashion. The Youthquake story continues in New Zealand, with young designers showcasing New Zealand fashion on the world stage. Elle and the Youthquake celebrates an original young fashion mover, shaker and maker.

 

Image: Turquoise culotte suit modelled by Susan Devereux. Photo by Mary-Ann Crawford for Waikato Pix, 22 April 1966. Image courtesy of New Zealand Fashion Museum