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Help make fashion history

The New Zealand Fashion Museum is a visionary, largely supporter funded, initiative that has become a valued part of Aotearoa’s cultural infrastructure. Our story is one of incredible tenacity and dedication given that we have operated for over a decade without ongoing public funding. It is thanks to the generosity of people like you that we have been able to lead the dialogue about the significant part clothing, adornment and markings play in expressing our identity - we are what we wear.  Make a donation or you might like to Sponsor a frock.

Sponsor a Frock

Be a part of our mission to capture our New Zealand fashion history. Help us develop the New Zealand Fashion Museum’s online collection with our great initiative 'Sponsor a Frock'. For just $65 you can sponsor a new collection item (or give it as a gift for that hard-to-buy-for fashionista friend) which will be proudly displayed as a 'Sponsored Frock' (see at the bottom of this page). It’s a marvellously meaningful way to add to our online collection.

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We wish to express our sincere thanks the 340 supporters of our Boosted campaigns and acknowledge with gratitude our Foundation Supporters. Email to discuss how you can be involved.

Brocade patrons (from $7000): Anne Coney, Michael and Dianne Fisher, Cecilie Geary

Jacquard supporter (from $3000): Miriam van Wezel and Peter Bossley

Tulle supporters (from $1500): Across the Board, Robyn and Bill Hall, The Carpenter's Daughter, Greg Whitecliffe Memorial Trust, Julie Rowe, Jane Malthus

Foundation fans ($500): Trish Bartleet, Linda Tyler, Nicola Guinness and Helen Holmes, Margot Acland, Ponsonby News, Barbara Darragh, Glen Wilkin-Holland, Karen Ross, Karen Walker, Kim Smith, Margot O'Meara, Mary Donald, Paul Chaplin and Andrew Sains, Shane Foley, Stephanie Tattersfield, Suzanne Ritchie-Paul, Tasha Smith, Trelise Cooper, Turet Knuefermann, Ute Elke Schneider, Catherine McMahon, Ginnie Denny, MAX Foundation, Beth Ellery, Teresa Hodges, Elisabeth and Neville Findlay, Rachael Churchward and Grant Fell, Charlotte Ryan, Julia Cahill, Donna Tulloch (Mild-Red), Scarlett Bradfield and Linda Chapman, Victoria Silwood, Lisa Reihana, Ken and Mary Mitchell, Queenies Lunchroom, Horrockses Design, Salmond Reed, Cybèle, Anita Singh, Frances Chan, Catherine L'Estrange, Fashion Personnel, Barbara and Lucy Holloway, Jane Wild, Philip Clarke, NZ Fashion Tech, Barbara Brinsley, Costume and Textile Association


Our Sponsored Frocks

Mrs Pearl Netley

Peachy float dress

Paul Chaplin

Dappled foliage print day dress

Fiona Crombie

Shell pink & pearls evening gown

Andrew and Angela Sains

Crepe gown with ribbon embroidery

Sarah Lovell-Smith

Shell pink lurex dress with overblouse

Hayley Smith

Corncob day dress

Megan Blenkarne

Rose print dress

Sue Clark

Hand-knitted jersey with flared sleeves

Terry Corr

Gold floral dress with sweetheart neckline

Ruth Shepherd

Flocked nylon dress with dainty floral print

Tara O'Brien

Cocktail dress with lace bodice

Anna de Pont

House & children jacket

Sarah Thomson

Thornton Hall strapless sundress with basque waistline, 1988

Shelly Bezzant

Evening gown & cape with plissé pleats

Sonia Jennings

Rose wrap dress with a wide collar

Karen Ross

Night flowers of the Pacific evening dress

Karangahape Road Business Association

Suffragette dress & hand-beaded neck piece

Ruth Shepherd

Black & fawn satin evening gown

Frances Bennington

Screen-printed Flock frock

Hilary Young

Dress with overskirt split at side waist

Hilary Young

Tie back apron dress

Hilary Young

Taffeta dress with stand up collar

Catherine Perry

Wedding dress with layered ruffle sleeves

Stephanie Tattersfield

Red silk dress with decorative buttons

Barbara Holloway

Lela Jacobs 3D printed collar, 2013

Lesley Dallaway

Pleated dress with handmade rose

Kelly Dix

Long green dress with butterfly sleeves

Karangahape Road Business Association

Perception long kimono & dress

Karangahape Road Business Association

Hoodie and two skirts

Irene Sparks

Black velvet fishtail gown

Ruth Shepherd

Floral chiffon evening gown