Garment of the week
Yvette Williams was New Zealand’s first female Olympic gold medallist at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki. She was 23 when she won the long jump event, wearing a singlet supplied by the New Zealand Olympic Committee and shorts she had to make herself. The uniform blazer is very simple. It is unlined and the only embellishments are the embroidery on the breast pocket and the New Zealand fern embossed on the silver buttons.
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.