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FASHION + STYLE WATCH WHAT YOU SAY AND THINK! Have you ever wondered how words affect us? Well it has now been proven through the work of Dr Emoto from Japan, that what we say and think can alter the composition of water molecules in both a detrimental and positive way. Dr Emoto has conducted thousands of experiments by freezing and then photographing the water molecules using various words and phrases from “you ugly bitch” to “love and gratitude”. As human beings are around 70% water, the correlation with our minds and bodies with his experiments, is quite profound. Dr Emoto’s discoveries have been a huge inspiration for me in my creative work as an artist, now creating t-shirts as powerful ways to influence the wearer and those around them. I saw how the ChCh heart t-shirt I designed had impact, with a staggering 25,000 New Zealanders wearing their heart for Christchurch “on their sleeve” after the devastating earthquake. Along with other charity shirts, we are now creating fun designs – like our newly released Ponsonby Shirt, that make us laugh and look at who we are and what we stand for in our lives. (DEBORAH KELLAND) PN The Strauss t-shirt range is available locally at THE OBJECT ROOM, 61 Mackelvie Street T: 09 378 0767 www.theobjectroom.co.nz

LUKE MCCARTHY and DEBORAH KELLAND in the Object Room

NEW YEAR’S HONOUR FOR PONSONBY FASHION LEADER Never did we have more reason to claim her as our own! Doris de Pont, retired fashion designer, holder of First Class Honours in Museum and Cultural Heritage (Auckland University), founder of the New Zealand Fashion Museum and co-author of two books, was named a Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in the New Year’s Honours List , for services to fashion. Doris joins existing fashion industry ONZMs Liz and Neville Findlay of Zambesi. The accolade was proposed to Doris late in 2012 and she says she didn’t really hesitate to accept. “I’m really pleased, it shows that New Zealand fashion is acknowledged, and recognises that it really does make an important contribution to the social and cultural life of this country” she says. Unsurprisingly there was a fantastic response to Doris’ honour from family and friends, as well as friends of the New Zealand Fashion Museum. In May Doris will go to Government House and receive her medal and ribbon from the Governor General. But for Doris it’s the recognition of the Fashion Museum and the important role of fashion in New Zealand history that’s paramount. In 2013 the long awaited NZFM website is being built and the Museum’s ‘Home Sewn’ exhibition is travelling - it’s currently in Whangarei, will be in Dunedin during the annual iD Dunedin fashion event, and will proceed to the Dowse in Lower Hutt in August. Those who want to support the New Zealand Fashion Museum can do it in a number of ways - ‘entry level‘ is buying one of the two books: Black: the history of black in fashion, society and culture in New Zealand and Home Sewn. There’s also a new fan club - become a member and you get the exclusive right to attend special functions. The first of these will be a behind-the-scenes look at the Auckland Museum’s fashion archive. ”One of the nice things is the collaborative and cooperative atmosphere around the various museums and fans of fashion,” says Doris. “We are the new kids on the block and we have been really embraced by the institutions.” Small wonder - and now they have a ONZM in their ranks, too. (JULIE ROULSTON) PN

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