Siaposu‘isu‘i, Wedding Dress

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Description This full length, sleeveless wedding gown is made from from over 20 metres of tapa cloth cut into strips, coiled and machine-stitched onto a white denim base. The dress is completed by a close fitting headdress, the base of which is also white denim. The headdress features a beaded tapa cloth pattern - the four pointed flower - in shades of brown. An LED light has been fitted in the centre of each flower to create a subtle halo effect. Significance Lindah Lepou specialises in what she describes as ‘Pacific couture’, combining elements from Pacific and European textile traditions to create high-impact, one-off garments. She is of Samoan and European descent. Lepou made this wedding ensemble especially for Te Papa on the occasion of the exhibition Unveiled: 200 Years of Wedding Fashion from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (16 December 2011 to 22 April 2012). She sought to reference both the past and future in the dress through her choice of materials, namely tapa cloth and LED lights. Lepou named the wedding dress afterher ancestor Siaposu‘isu‘i, which literally means ‘stitching tapa (bark cloth)’. It also pays homage to her late great-grandmother, Fa‘agase, who appeared making tapa in the film Moana: A Story of the South Seas (1926). The choice of white cloth references the Western wedding tradition and the Christian association of white with purity. The ruffles represent islands, as well as the twists and turns of a person’s journey through life, including marriage. The beaded headdress features a pattern based on a contemporary tapa design. The ‘halo’of lights symbolises knowledge, enlightenment, and spirituality.


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