At the Beach: 100 Years of Summer Fashion in New Zealand

Past Exhibition
26 Nov 2016 – 19 Feb 2017

At the Beach

At the Beach

At the Beach playfully explores over 100 years of the history of New Zealand beach culture told through what we wore.

With woollen bathers and bikinis, swimsuits and sundresses, playsuits and parasols, Hawaiian shirts and boardies, towelling cover-ups and more, the exhibition features fashions from the early 1900s to the current day.

What we did and what we wore not only reveal our love of the coast, but our changing society and leisure pursuits. From the heavy bathing costumes of the Edwardian era to the skimpy bikinis of the 1970s and beyond, see how and why swimwear shrank, the influence of fashion and fabrics on beachwear, and the influence of the beach on our New Zealand identity.

Featuring only New Zealand made or designed garments the exhibition also charts an informal history of our fashion industry and its riding of the local and global fashion wave.

Toured by the New Zealand Fashion Museum