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Te Aho Tapu Hou: The new sacred thread

7 August 2021 - 9 January 2022

Free entry

Image: Detail, Model Trina Tanga, Photographer Sarina Oetgen, Waiheke High School student E tipu e rea mentoree student.

This large-scale exhibition showcases distinctive garments designed by Jeanine Clarkin (Ngaati Hako, Ngaati Paaoa, Ngaati Ranginui, Ngaati Raukawa), representative of her earlier influences, major events, and current fashion collections.

Realising her childhood dream to be a fashion designer, Clarkin’s creativity over the decades has resulted in her international status within the indigenous fashion community. Her extended network of artists, performers and collaborators inhabit her garments and help bring to life the inspiring journey of a designer committed to celebrating her Maaori identity.

From founding her first streetwear label in 1994 to dressing celebrities (such as Keisha Castle-Hughes and Cliff Curtis) for the red carpet, Clarkin’s Maaori identity has been a common thread establishing her as a fashion activist.



Floor Talk: Jeanine Clarkin – Fashion Activist 
1pm-2pm Sunday 8 August 2021



Education programmes are available for this exhibition.