Art Meets Fashion Archive at Milford Galleries Dunedin

We couldn’t have found a better location for this photo shoot than Milford Galleries (18 Dowling Street, Dunedin). Not only were the staff super helpful but the lighting was perfect. Their current exhibitions (featuring Robert Ellis, Dick Frizzell and Karl Maughan amongst others) include some of our favourite artists which made the experience all the more enjoyable. Hurry, you have till the 8th May to see these exhibitions. Thank you so much Milford Galleries.

Although some of the featured fabrics are collaborations with artists, the inspiration behind the other fabrics is our own interpretation. We’ve also included some images of paintings that aren’t in Milford Galleries.


Day garden print by Karl Maughan in collaboration with Stolen Girlfriends Club for ‘The Big Comedown’ collection (SS 2011/12). Featured painting: Bottle Lake (2012) by Karl Maughan.

Paint splatter dress, in the style of Jackson Pollock, by Workshop. Featured photograph: Plantation, Lalomanu (2013) by Shigeyuki Kihara.

Coca Cola print

‘Soho’ Shirt and ‘Crack Is Wack’ leggings in the Coca Cola print by Philip James Frost in collaboration with Company of Strangers for the ‘Pop Shop’ collection (AW 2013).

‘Diana’ dress by Hailwood featuring a classical sculpture image of the Greek goddess Diana (SS 2012).

Kate Sylvester dress

Surrealist-inspired dress by Kate Sylvester from her ‘Art Groupie’ collection (AW 2008). Observatory Time: The Lovers (1936) by Man Ray (image courtesy of

‘Susan’ t-shirt by Lonely Hearts for the ‘IOU Nothing’ collection (AW 2008). It represents Madonna in the film ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’. Inspiration may come from pop artists Andy Warhol (famous people) and Roy Lichtenstein (benday dots).

Night garden print by Karl Maughan in collaboration with Stolen Girlfriends Club for ‘The Big Comedown’ collection (SS 2011/12).

Cubist-inspired dress by Sylvester for Kate Sylvester (AW 2008).

Comic book top

Top with comic book print in the style of Roy Lichtenstein (from Butterflies Hospice Shop). Drowning Girl (1963) by Roy Lichtenstein (image courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Estate of Roy Lichtenstein).

‘Ursula Moth’ dress by Kate Sylvester featuring digital moth print by Henry Christian-Slane from the ‘Into The Light’ collection (SS 2011/12).

Pop art fruit dress from the Recycle Boutique.

Kirsty of Milford Galleries wears jacket and skirt by World. Featured photograph: Old Courthouse, Apia (2013) by Shigeyuki Kihara. Shigeyuki has an exhibition (‘Undressing The Pacific’) at the Hocken Gallery until 8th June.


Milford Galleries Opening Hours
Monday – Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm


Upcoming Exhibitions:

Hannah Kidd (11th May – 5th June)

Large Works (group exhibition) (11th May – 5th June)

Lorene Taurerewa (8th June – 3rd July)

Small Works (group exhibition) (8th June – 3rd July)

Karl Maughan (6th July – 31st July)


P.S. We couldn’t resist taking a photo of the Pumpkin Patch window in Hanover Street.

Pumpkin Patch dress

Pumpkin Patch Mondrian-style dress (so cute). Composition II with Red, Blue and Yellow (1930) by Piet Mondrian (image courtesy of


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