Otago Polytechnic

Otago Polytechnic will host the 2018 symposium of the Costume and Textile Association of New Zealand.


This year's conference title is "Unbound: Liberating women". Recognising 125 years of women’s suffrage in New Zealand, the 2018 CTANZ symposium offers an opportunity to explore the past, present or future roles of dress and textiles in women’s suffrage and other liberating moments. How do cloth, clothes, fashion and art reveal, reflect or challenge social limits for women?

In the spirit of the early suffragists, how might they empower futures and/or relate to feminist projects? How are they used to give or constrain political voice? When is cloth revolutionary?

By focusing on liberating women, Unbound celebrates the power of cloth and clothes in the visual, material world and explores how women make, use, transform and transcend boundaries.

Themes include

  • Liberating women
  • Diversity, equity, participation
  • Women’s work
  • Dressing for revolution
  • Political cloth
  • Gender and diversity
  • Cloth and agency, bound and unbound

Visit the CTANZ website for more information on the symposium and the juried exhibition that will run alongside the symposium, opening on 21 September 2018.


Published on 21 September 2018

Orderdate: 21 Sep 2018
Expiry: 14 Feb 2008