Auckland Council is supporting NZ Fashion Week with a series of free events this week. Image supplied.
New Zealand Fashion Week is at the Auckland Town Hall and Aotea Square this year and Auckland Council are supporting the event with free-to-the-public fashion events that sit alongside the official programme. The lineup of events includes interactive workshops, photography exhibitions, NZ Fashion Museum tours and much more that can be enjoyed by anyone visiting the CBD. It’s the first time the council and NZFW have partnered in this way and it’s a fantastic way for anyone who wants to to get involved with fashion week.
Council’s City Centre Place Activation Principal Advisor Rose Jackson says “the council activities will sit alongside the official New Zealand Fashion Week schedule and support the shared goal of enlivening Auckland’s city centre. This significant event offers economic, social and cultural benefits both within and outside the fashion industry.”
Events are taking place at the Central City Library, Auckland Art Gallery, Ellen Melville Centre and Q Theatre as well as taking to the streets of the city. There is a particular focus on NZFW’s theme for 2019 of sustainability.
The sustainability activations that will feature at the library include;
– The Sustainable Designer Exhibition that will complement the Sustainability Show at NZ Fashion Weekend.
– Swap it Like It’s Hot 3.0 Recycled Clothing Swap hosted by the Central City Library, the University of Auckland Art History Society and Mercy Hospice.
– Sustainable Fashion Speed Dating where budding fashionistas can connect one-on-one with sustainable fashion industry experts.
– Learn to sew, work with textiles and repair your own clothing with Gracie Matthews.
– Textile Upcycling Workshops with The ReCreators – an Auckland-based social enterprise of upcycling artisans that promote creativity, mindful making and sustainability.
– A Zine Workshop with the Migrant Zine Collective – an Auckland-based zine collective aiming to amplify, celebrate and share the voices of migrants-of-colour in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
Check out the full calendar of events and get all the details on NZFW’s website.