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Published: 09 March 2023

By Andy Ross

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Lucky Dip

Seven of the ten Matariki garments are on display in Auckland's War Memorial Museum

Lucky Dip, a clothing label based in Taamaki, Auckland, is known for its creative approach to reusing textiles. 

Founded by Tuhirangi Blair, who studied fashion in Auckland before heading over to New York to work with Japanese brand Nepenthes, the designer creates one-off shirts with found and deadstock fabrics - tent drop sheets, blankets, tablecloths, linens, cotton... The result is joyful, and, with meticulous attention to detail, should last a lifetime. 

In a capsule collection at the War Memorial Museum in Auckland, Matariki is the focus for ten shirts by Lucky Dip. Each shirt tells a part of the story of this star cluster - the Pleiades - that give their name to the celebration of the start of a new year in Maori culture. The new beginnings heralded by Matariki are echoed in the new life that the designer brings to old fabrics. There are seven of the garments on display at the moment, including one, a waistcoat,  made from an old blanket. Some people just have far too much fun!

If you want to see more, head on over to the website for the brand. The press pages offer more information too.