Pacific Sisters: He Toa Taera | Fashion Activists

  Sat 23 Feb 2019 to Sun 14 Jul 2019
Auckland Art Gallery

A collective of Pacific and Maori fashion designers, artists and performers, the Pacific Sisters electrified 1990s Auckland, bringing the ground-breaking style of an urban, New Zealand–born Pacific generation to the mainstream. Through pioneering, daring shows, the Pacific Sisters overturned stereotypes about Pacific culture, ‘dusky maiden’ beauty and sexuality. A major retrospective, Pacific Sisters: He Toa Taera | Fashion Activists showcases the collective’s innovative costumes and performances, which began as street style before expanding into multimedia experiences in venues from art galleries to night clubs.

Exhibition developed and toured by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

Photography by and courtesy of Vivienne Haldane.