A Darker Eden – Fashion from Dunedin

A Darker Eden face and feather headpiece

I was lucky enough to attend last week’s opening of A Darker Eden, a project by the New Zealand Fashion Museum and the Otago Polytechnic School of Design. I’m pleased to say they have colonised the Silo’s in one of the best ways possible, bringing Aucklanders an experience of Dunedin fashion, by established designers and twenty graduates from Otago Polytechnic.

A Darker Eden pink detail

I like to see the work of established artists or designers showcased along side emerging practitioners. Everyone starts somewhere, and I think it shows maturity when the both can sit in one space.

A Darker Eden black vestcoat detail

The exhibition includes all these fabulous garments and you can sit and watch clips from Fashion week, spot the garments on real people. It’s well put together and a nice use of the space. The Silos lend themselves to enclosure and darkness, which seemed fitting, an intimate setting for these garments.

A Darker Eden student work room

Graduate garments! I didn’t catch all the names, so if you see your work, let me know!

A Darker Eden student work close

Denim upcycled dress by Melanie Child.

A Darker Eden student work

A Darker Eden student work warm coat

A Darker Eden student work Revelry

A Darker Eden student work sequins

A Darker Eden pleats detail

A Darker Eden student work and Luna

A Darker Eden iD Dunedin

So…. Mild Red was my favourite!

A Darker Eden Mild Red detail

Exciting to see work from the collection, The Aviator AW15.

A Darker Eden Mild Red detail red leather and wool

I covet this black shirt!

A Darker Eden Mild Red detail black shirt

It really is worth a look. Do say hello to the lovely volunteers at the Fashion Museum table, bring some cash if you’re keen on a book or two, or a pretty scarf.

You have until March 1st. Go on, go!


13 February to 1 March 2015 at Silo 6, Silo Park, The Wynyard Quarter, Auckland Open Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 12–6pm and Friday from 12–9pm Entry by koha.


  1. Mild Red knitwear is amazing! Own a couple of pieces – they’ve lasted for years, well worth the investment.
    Hope this exhibition tours, it looks really interesting.


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