On Now & Upcoming Exhibitions

Opens in Hawke's Bay in November 2021

Moana Currents: Dressing Aotearoa Now

Virtual exhibition

Running the Show: Entrepreneurial women in fashion

Recent Stories

Rawiri Brown

The 1970s Fashion Revolution


Mary Garden

Garment of the week

Tivaevae Gown

This gown is a collaboration between Karen Walker and the Cook Island group Kūki ‘Airani Creative Māmās, led by Aitutaki-born Tukua Turia. The tivaevae flowers depict traditional flora of the Cook Islands, including gardenia, jasmine, orchid, hibiscus, fruit salad plant, red ginger, frangipani and the Cook Islands national flower – Tiare Māori. The iconic Karen Walker daisy motif also appears on the garment.

We’re not your typical museum.

With no fixed abode other than this website, the New Zealand Fashion Museum is for anyone with a love of fashion, heritage, innovation and creativity. It is a museum dedicated to the curation of New Zealand’s rich fashion story, making what we wear an essential part of the cultural conversation in the present and for the future.