Masters of Art & Students of Fashion Collide at Auckland’s Art Gallery!

Fashion, like art, constantly renews itself, drawing inspiration from images as eclectic as the recent ‘Degas to Dali’ exhibition at Auckland Art Gallery. The exhibition from the National Galleries of Scotland represented the major art movements of the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries, featuring 79 works of art by influential and celebrated artists such as Monet, Van Gogh, Renoir, Ernst, Magritte and Warhol, from the French Impressionist Edgar Degas through to the Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali.

Inspired by the Modernist Masters, students from AUT’s School of Fashion and Design staged a ‘Fashion in Motion’ presentation of their own highly original designs at the Gallery, inviting students from the Cut Above Academy to add their hair & makeup flair to the collection.






Andreas Mikellis AUT’s head of department, asked for ‘blank canvas’ make-ups to accentuate his student’s innovative textile and garment designs. The Cut Above team responded with understated hair designs and a palette of monochromatic make-up accented with stencilled eye-masks, resulting in an androgynous flashback to Ridley Scott’s Android in Bladerunner – with a nod in the direction of the Charlize Theron character in Prometheus.


As in all art forms, it’s up to the new generation of fashionistas and stylists to open windows to admit the latest fresh air of new creativity.