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A Maori perspective on the wearing of black

by Chanel Clarke

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Black is a gorgeously illustrated celebration and exploration of New Zealand’s obsession with clothing ourselves in black; in society, power and politics, cultural icons, sport, fashion, film and music, from the Little Black Dress to the All Blacks jersey, Dunedin goths, the businesspeople of Lambton Quay and the patched jackets of gang members.

This chapter is one of 10 richly illustrated essays that Doris de Pont, founder of the New Zealand Fashion Museum and curator of the pop-up exhibition Black in Fashion, brought together to accompany the exhibition. This chapter highlights the importance of black in the New Zealand psyche from a Maori perspective.

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