Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Visit WOW at Auckland Museum

If you can, make time to take in the WOW Exhibition on at the Auckland Museum until 22nd March 2015 - there is something for everyone to like.  

My favourite was:  Mantilla by Fenella Fenton.  It's based on the idea of crumpled paper and a 100 year old piece of lace - a Mantilla.  More than the dress itself, I loved the beautiful shadows that were created by light on the garment.  You can see a bit more about this garment on the WOW Facebook site.  

A Mantilla, is a lace or silk veil or shawl worn over the head and shoulders and originated in Spain.  I remember being in church in the 1960's when women had to cover their heads and seeing women wearing Mantilla's.  They always looked very beautiful and exotic to me.  The practice of wearing head coverings (veils or hats) showed the submission of wives to thier husbands (which was a teaching of St Paul).  Today this is not considered a submission in western culture.  

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