Swinging Sixties in Auckland - How Quant Sparked Our Boutique Culture


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Swinging Sixties in Auckland - how Quant sparked our boutique culture.

The emergence of the boutique in Britain during the early 60s marks a vital moment in the history of fashion. Not just a retail revolution, the boutique, epitomized by Mary Quant's first store ‘Bazaar', was also a cultural phenomenon – a symbol of the rise of youth culture and the youthful desire for independence and personal freedom.

In this talk, fashion historian Angela Lassig will chart the rise of boutique culture in the back streets and side alleys of 60s Auckland, exploring the fashion, music and makeup that energised a generation. Scroll down for details on ticketing. 


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 Designwhich 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.

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Members                       $14
Available to AAG Members and those with valid guest passes.

Non-Members               $20


This event is a Members event. Members receive free unlimited entry to Mary Quant: Fashion Revolutionary. Not a Member? Join us from $50 per year.



Image credit: Playdate, March 1968, p59 | Playdate, Feb 1966, p79 | Playdate, May 1966, p89.



Auckland Art Gallery, Auditorium
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