From the 1850s to the 1910s, feathers were the height of fashion – worn by royalty, military men, debutantes and fashionable women.

Curated by Claire Regnault, this exhibition features examples of ‘feather finery’ and bird-beak jewellery where visitors learn how feathers played an integral part in women’s fashion internationally.


Tuia ngā kōrero: Story telling through textiles 
Join Te Papa curators for front and behind the scenes tours of textile collections from 14th March to 18th March. All tours will be about 40 minutes in length.

Monday 14th March 

10 am Join Claire Regnault, Senior Curator of New Zealand history, for a tour of Te Papa’s fashion collection, with a special focus on collaborations between artists and designers.

12 midday Join Grace Hutton and Rachel Yates behind the scenes of the Pacific Cultures store, where you will discover objects focusing on female artistry and contemporary social and environmental issues.

2 pm Join Isaac Te Awa, Curator Mātauranga Maori, for a tour behind the scenes and discover Te Whare Pora (The House of Weaving), with a special focus on sustainability and stories of Māori Weaving.

4pm.  Join Justine Olsen, Curator of Decorative arts, for a tour of New Zealand textiles from the 1970s and hear how fibre art was part of a significant craft revival.

Wednesday 16th March 

12.15 Exhibition level 3 - Feathermania: Fashion to Die For

Join Claire Regnault, Senior Curator New Zealand History, for a lively floor talk on the fashion for feathers in the 19th century, including stories of New Zealand’s bird hunters and ‘feather furriers’,  the impact the craze had on bird populations the world over and the conservationists who fought to stop it.

Friday 18th March 

10 am.  Join Justine Olsen, Curator of Decorative arts, for a tour of New Zealand textiles from the 1970s and hear how fibre art was part of a significant craft revival.

12 pm. Join Claire Regnault, Senior Curator History, for a tour of Te Papa’s fashion collection with a special focus on collaborations between artists and designers.

2 pm. Join Grace Hutton and Rachel Yates behind the scenes of the Pacific Cultures store, where you will discover objects focusing on female artistry and contemporary social and environmental issues.

4pm.  Join Isaac Te Awa, Curator Mātauranga Maori, for a behind the scenes tour and discover Te Whare Pora (The House of Weaving), with a special focus on the sustainability and stories of Māori Weaving.


Mai i te tau 1850 ki te tau 1910, ko te hurhuru manu te tino o ngā rauemi hanga kākahu. Ko tēnei whakaaturanga he mea whakatairanga I ērā taera ō mua, ngā whkarākei huruhuru, ngā whakakai ngutu manu, me te nui o tana mana I roto I te ao kākahu o te wahine.



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