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Christchurch designers come to Wellington, while the Historical Arts’ Trust plans to head down


July 4, 2011/10.48

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On Saturday and Sunday in Wellington, Lucire attended Red into the Black, a trade fair of Christchurch businesses—including designers and jewellers—who got a helping hand promoting their goods at the TSB Arena.
Red into the Black   Heather Morris and other organizers found sponsors, including Harry’s and Mainfreight, to ship up products from Christchurch businesses affected by the February earthquake, to give them a chance to sell to Wellingtonians wishing to support them.
   We were there to see Kathryn Leah Payne, Mister (designers Ra Thomson and Mickey Lin are pictured at left), Angela Stone, Saviour and Debra Fallowfield among the many Cantabrians doing decent business and marketing to Wellingtonians.
   Some managed to clear four- and five-figure sales numbers there. In the words of Stone: ‘Heather Morris deserves a medal.’ Mister’s Ra Thomson noted the generosity of Wellingtonians.
   We were also told first-hand about some survival stories, and some tragedies, which remain surreal to many of us.
   On Saturday night, the Historical Arts’ Trust performed its concert, La Musica Sacra II: Earthly Delight, Heavenly Respite, with baroque music by Händel and Corelli. Pepe Becker (soprano), Gregory Squire (baroque violin), Katrin Eickhorst-Squire (baroque ’cello) and Douglas Mews (harpsichord) performed seven sets at St Mary of the Angels in Boulcott Street, Wellington. One’s regret is that the concert’s time went swiftly by, thanks to the professionalism and entertainment of the performers.
   For those who’d like more, the Trust is putting on an event on July 23 that should be right up Lucire readers’ fancy. Grandeur and Frivolity: Music and Fashion from the Courts of Louis XIV and XV will take place at 2 p.m. at St Andrew’s on the Terrace, presented by Claire Dunn and Leomomi Oakes.
   Anyone who has seen Oakes, a textile and fashion historian, knows her commitment to authenticity. Not only is she the city’s preeminent expert on the subject, she has the skills to make the costumes. Models will showcase period fashions: ‘from the sumptuous satins of the Sun King’s heyday in the 1660s, to the ruffled pastel concoctions made famous by Louis XV’s mistress, Madame de Pompadour, through to a court dress for Louis XV’s heir’s Austrian bride, Marie Antoinette,’ says the Trust.
   Musical works by Jean-Baptiste Lully and François Couperin will be among those performed, by Bianca Andrew, Brendan O’Donnell, Jessica Lightfoot, Oscar Laven and Ariana Odermatt. The entry fee is NZ$15 (NZ$5 for students), with door sales only. Funds will help the Historical Arts’ Trust put on an event in Christchurch.—Jack Yan, Publisher

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