The museum has hosted many business events, from cocktails amongst a thousand tropical butterflies to gourmet vegan dinners in a gallery of Victorian taxidermy, but now with the announcement of a new fashion exhibition, it is hoped that a national audience will be attracted to hold team-building and social events in the space.
Vanessa Graham, venues manager, says, “Our reception cocktails have always been pretty well known in Dunedin, and with the largest science centre in New Zealand and the only 3D planetarium in Australasia we are a popular place for team building and executive days, but we really think this new exhibition will make our venues attractive to those in Auckland and Wellington, looking for something different.”
The exhibition, yet to be announced in mainstream media, is a collaboration between Dunedin’s world-famous iD Fashion Awards and the Museum. Called Fashion Fwd: Disruption through Design, the exhibition pairs garments from awards finalists of the last 20 years with Museum collection pieces, telling a story of how fashion breaks convention and drives society forward.
Past Museum events are known for their unusual offerings, like a tattooist giving botanical tattoos, wandering fortune tellers, and experiential food creations where performance art meets cuisine. “We like to work together with clients to create something really unique”, says Graham. “I like to think that when someone attends an event here, they will remember it for years”.
“The exhibition will be an amazing space for business events”, she continued, “We are one of the few Museums that allows food and drinks in galleries, and fashion is just so fun. The iD garments are being shipped from across the world, and for a sophisticated, high-end event it will be perfect”.
The exhibition is open from 24 March until 17 October 2021, and is paired with a series of unique events from a mid-winter ball to runways and iconic fashion clips shown on the planetarium 360° screen.