Fashion Strip: Revealing Karangahape Road’s fashion stories

hand drawn lady in coat looking at phone while crossing road over a 1960s photo of Karangahape Road
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What: Vintage fashion abounds on Karangahape Road but so does the history of this once most fashionable of Auckland streets. Today it is also home to some of New Zealand’s most original designers who are continuing a long legacy of fabulous fashion making that can be traced back through quirky boutiques, couture houses, department stores and all the way back to our first menswear manufacturer in 1873.

Join New Zealand Fashion Museum curator Doris de Pont for a walk that meets the street of today and strips back the layers to reveal more of its fashion credentials.

Where: Our walk starts at St Kevin’s Arcade, Karangahape Road.

How: Download the free app Auckland Stories from the Apple store or Google Play or experience it in your web browser. Select Fashion Strip from the menu and navigate the walk using the map pins.

Who: This walk is suitable for adults and teenagers.

Difficulty: An easy amble, taking 60 minutes to cover 500 metres.

What do you need: You need an android or apple mobile device to follow the walk, you can choose to read the text or listen to Doris, in which case we recommend headphones.

green streetmap of karangahape road area

Access information: This walk is wheel friendly and suitable for deaf and hard of hearing participants.

Created by: The New Zealand Fashion Museum is for anyone with a love of fashion, heritage, innovation,and creativity. We are a digital first museum dedicated to the curation of New Zealand’s rich fashion past, making it relevant for the present and future.