Being There

This e-book, Being There, is an insider’s view of fashion told by veteran fashion writer Cecilie Geary.

Fashion copywriting roles in a Dunedin department store in the 1950s and Selfridges in London in the 1960s led to Cecilie writing the scripts for the Benson & Hedges Fashion Design Awards and other fashion spectaculars staged by fashion entrepreneur Maysie Bestall-Cohen over a 30 year period, beginning in the 1970s. In 1985, she began a 15 year writing relationship with Fashion Quarterly and also wrote about fashion and beauty for other prestigious publications.

Her love of fashion and its people, an extensive archive of superb images and anecdotes make Cecilie Geary’s memories of Being There a fascinating, nostalgic and informative read. The book promises to charm and enlighten anyone with a fashionable eye.

The New Zealand Fashion Museum is for anyone with a love of fashion, heritage, innovation and creativity. With no fixed abode other than this online address, it is a museum dedicated to the curation of New Zealand’s rich fashion past, making it relevant for the present and future. Established in 2010 as a Charitable Trust, it records and shares the stories of the people, objects and photographs that have contributed to the development of New Zealand's unique fashion identity, making them visible and accessible to a broad audience through pop-up exhibitions, publications and our online museum. The Fashion Museum undertakes its own research and also draws together the collective knowledge held in our public institutions and by many individuals all around the country who are invited to contribute. Read more


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