• Claire Regnault, Te Papa (Formerly The Dowse)

Escape into the unexpectedly glamorous world of Eden Hore, a visionary farmer who collected over two hundred couture gowns in 1970s Aotearoa.

Eden Hore was a high country farmer from Naseby, Central Otago. Nationally admired for his farming prowess, he was also a daring impresario ahead of his time who didn’t shy away from embracing his passions.

Captivated by all things exotic, Eden amassed a collection of avant garde high fashion garments during the 1970s by designers who too sought escape from the everyday drabness of 1970s New Zealand.

This exhibition brings together some of his most glamorous gowns with new imagery, shot in stunning Central Otago landscapes, by celebrated fashion photographer Derek Henderson.

Curated by Claire Regnault, Te Papa (and former curator at The Dowse!)

Presented in partnership with the Central Otago District Council and Te Papa.

This exhibition is presented in conjunction with Threads: Textiles Festival. With more than 15 free exhibitions and a roster of workshops, talks and tours at venues spanning Lower Hutt, Petone, Thorndon and the central city, Threads sheds new night on contemporary textile practices in Aotearoa and beyond. The festival will take place across Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington from 16-20 March 2022, read more here.

Opening Hours

  • Open daily, 10am - 5pm


  • 45 Laings Road
  • Pōneke Wellington, Lower Hutt