#1800 Karen Inderbitzen Waller shot bodgies and widgies for Sunday’s Autumn fashion special

Photos: Karen Inderbitzen Waller

Newspaper fashion pages are generally not the exciting arbiters of cool one might hope for, but they do serve a purpose in the form of style guidance for the uninformed masses. On the flip side, Sunday‘s quarterly fashion specials often rival the best magazine editorial spreads. The Autumn edition, out this weekend, is no exception. Styled and shot by Karen Inderbitzen Waller and featuring the six foot tall new face Anmari Botha (who will soon be seen in the upcoming Kate Sylvester campaign and on the cover of the next Fashion Quarterly), the shoot took inspiration from Kiwi teens of the 1950s. “We ran with a bodgies and widgies theme, which I’ve always wanted to do,” says Sunday editor Rose Hoare. “Sort of like how I imagine my Mum would have dressed, if she wasn’t such a good girl.”

Not such good girls might remember hanging out at the shoot’s location – the Orange Coronation Hall on Newton Road – which was apparently quite the hot-spot for singles in Auckland city between 1940 and the late 1970s. Sadly, the building is derelict and soon to be redeveloped (like every other amazing historic building in this godforsaken city).

The moral of the story is, pick up a copy of the Sunday Star Times this weekend, forage around until you find the Sunday pullout, and enjoy the fashion pages within. And Auckland City Councillors, stop letting developers kill our city!

Photos courtesy of Sunday.


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  1. fashion westie says

    I was swiffled out of my copy- Freakin letterbox raiders while I’m away- I DON’T like you- how can I get a copy?

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