19 November 2011, 10am-4pm, Horticultural Hall and Town Hall, Laings Road, Lower Hutt
Leimomi Oakes presented Grandeur and Frivolity: Music and Fashion in the courts of Louis XIV and Louis XV in conjunction with Clarissa Dunn of Radio New Zealand and The Historic Arts Trust.
July 23 2011
The Dreamstress presented at Pecha Kucha:
The Queen’s Underwear:
How an Un/Dress Caused a Revolution
(in more ways than one)
Pecha Kucha Night Wellington Vol. 9 happened on 22 November 2010, Overseas Terminal, Azzura Room, Upstairs, Chaffers Marina, Wellington
From the Street of Pompeii to the Salons of Paris Redux
Pompeii to Paris was presented as part of the Massey University’s Blow Creative Arts Festival, 6-20 November 2010
From the Street of Pompeii to the Salons of Paris
June 2010, Wellington, NZ
I presented an informative talk on the way Greek and Roman art and fashion have influenced Western fashion from the 18th century to the 20th. The talk was illustrated by 11 models in historically accurate recreations of period attire — from a 1770s robe a la francaise to a 1920s flapper dress.
Wedding Dresses: A Visual History
Expressions Museum, Upper Hutt, December 2009
I gave a floor talk at this exhibition. Wearing a recreation of an 1800s historical wedding gown, I discussed both the origins of modern wedding fashions, and the dresses shown in Expressions’ beautiful exhibition I Do: 100 Years of Wedding Dresses. This was one of Expressions’ most popular exhibitions and it was fantastic to be a part of it.
Te Papa Museum, Wellington, April 2009
This talk was a lively look at the fashions depicted in the paintings of Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, and others. Models in historically accurate reproductions of the dresses worn by Nana, Jeanne Samary, Suzon, Camille Monet. The accompanying talk reviewed the wide variety of styles and fashions captured by the Impressionists, and the ways in which the clothes give clues into the personality and social standing of the women who wore them.