She Claims: Art Matters #6 – Dame Denise L’Estrange-Corbet and Angela Lassig


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It is the 125th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in New Zealand, time to put women in the spotlight! Auckland Art Gallery celebrates this significant part of our history by inviting inspiring women with a creative practice to discuss those topics that fire them up most at She Claims: Art Matters.

Session six is a conversation between fashion designer Dame Denise L'Estrange-Corbet and fashion expert Angela Lassig.


About the speakers

Dame Denise L’Estrange-Corbet was made Dame Companion this year, not only for her services to the fashion industry but also for her generous support to local communities and charities. Her fashion label WORLD, founded in 1989 with partner Francis Hooper, is one of New Zealand’s most iconic and globally recognised labels. Both the brand and Dame Denise herself are known for their colourful, bold outspokenness. Through campaigns and the publication of her frank autobiography All That Glitters she tried to break the stigma surrounding mental illness. In 2017 Dame Denise won the Women of Influence Award for Arts & Culture.

Angela Lassig is an Australian-born dress and textile expert. She has held curatorial positions at The Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Auckland War Memorial Museum and Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and is an expert on New Zealand fashion and textiles. In 2010 she published the book New Zealand Fashion Design, which celebrates New Zealand’s top contemporary fashion designers. Lassig is currently working on a publication on 19th-century New Zealand dress and textiles, for which she has received research grants from the Friends of the Turnbull Library and the New Zealand History Association.


Run of events

5.30pm   Doors open – refreshments

6–7pm    Conversation and questions

7.30pm   Doors close

* Tickets come with a drink and canapés including cheeseboards generously provided by Whitestone Cheese Co.


Ticket information

Auckland Art Gallery Members pay $25 per event, or $65 for a series of three (Session #4 on 4 July, Session #5 on 8 August and Session #6 on 5 September). If you have a guest pass added to your Membership, you can bring a guest for the Members' price. Non-Members pay $75 for a single event, or $115 for a series of three – these tickets include a one-year Membership with Auckland Art Gallery.

North Atrium, mezzanine level
Members $25, non-Members $75
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