Get your boots on

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It is darker in the mornings and the leaves are circling in the street and lying in gutters. This week every time I go out the front door in a mad rush I’m regretting not putting on an extra layer of clothing or a long scarf. Part of me is lamenting the end of summer and the lazy, warm T-shirt days. Never the less it is time that you and I face facts as Autumn has arrived and its time to get your boots on.

I love boots and I can never have enough of them. My first coveted boots were Converse All Star green basketball boots and my next were cherry red Doc Martin boots. I even owned (and loved immensely ) a tan vintage pair of cowboy boots purchased from K-Road in Auckland.

Boots are great you feel warmer, taller and stronger in them and they can give you heaps of confidence. Get your boots on today! and if you don’t have any boots check out some great op-shops that we have in Christchurch so you can save money and be more sustainable.

Christchurch City Libraries have a great online directory called Cinch. You can find the addresses of fabulous second hand clothes shops in Christchurch here;


Fashion Angst

Now is the time to sort and cull my bulging messy wardrobe filled with winter coats.

The hot days are a good excuse to go shopping if only to buy just a couple of things to help me feel more summery and bright. Trying on togs and jeans in shops is the worst so maybe buying online is the better option, or op-shopping cos you never know what vintage gems you will find. It is good to have options when you angst about clothes, like me. A great way to sort out my scrabbled fashion mind is to attend a fashion show whenever I can and the clever fashion students at Ara are putting on their end of year runway show “Pitch” on  November 25th, tickets sell out fast so get in quick.

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PITCH Fashion

Come along to the Rakaia Centre on Saturday night to witness the talent and skills of CPIT fashion students in PITCH 2011.

Two shows –  7pm and 9pm on Saturday 3rd December – showcase the work of first, second, and third year students, and provides the opportunity to see the work of young CPIT designers who go on to make a difference in the world of fashion.

Earlier this year Georgia Currie won the WestPac Young Designer Award during New Zealand Fashion Week 2011.

Georgia Currie's winning creation

Check out the Library’s Fashion Subject Guide to see what is new in the collection, and where to find relevant books and journals.

Recent additions to the collection include:

Black, S. (2011). Eco-chic: the fashion paradox

Jeffrey, M. & Evans, N. (2011). Costing for the fashion industry

Welters, L. & Lillethun, A.(2011). The fashion reader

Fashion Street

Check out the current exhibition in the Library featuring the work of our Fashion students. The display faces out to the Atrium creating a ‘shop front’ feel.

To support the Fashion students the Library subscribes to Berg Fashion which includes the World Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, and a large image bank… always useful when looking for inspiration. We also stock exhibition catalogs from international exhibitions, books on fashion photography and an extensive video/dvd collection 

 It is wonderful to be able to show-case the talent of CPIT students, and while I do miss the High Street it is exciting for the Library to be able to host a variety of events and exhibitions.

Design students also have a couple of pieces of work in the library at the moment, a shelving unit which is blending in very nicely

Student work - School of Design

…and a study work space incorporating one of the bean bags over by the Watching Wall.

The development of a Creative Hub at CPIT has  led to increased collaboration and co-operation, and improved links with industry which will benefit CPIT students and local businesses. The opportunity, moving forward, is to nurture those relationships and create our own new normal, better than before.
Display of student work in the Library