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Kerrie Hughes dresses walls with as much style and imagination as her once-famous clothes labels adorned bodies.

Kerrie Hughes dresses walls with as much style and imagination as her once-famous clothes labels adorned bodies, writes Lise Strathdee.

Sheer coincidence finds me meeting artist Kerrie Hughes at Bowen Galleries in the Cuba Quarter, Wellington. Kerrie and I go back a long way, having first met in the early ’80s. Anyone who was around at that time will remember the fashion cult that was Svelt. Also in the Cuba Quarter, this boutique was, in the words of Kerrie’s then-partner, Di Jennings, “Outrageous.”

I remember tumbling into Svelt’s magical world like Alice through the Looking Glass. With its interiors swathed in metres of cream satin, it was like being inside a chic circus tent. Handcrafted garments were displayed like precious artworks. They were too expensive…

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