A Treasured collection of fashion
Who could even begin to imagine a high country farmer James Eden Hore exploring his feminine side collecting frocks? The Eden Hore collection began with this skilled stockman becoming intrigued by his housekeeper’s gowns accompanying her to many fashion parades where for a short while he kept his collar well up. He became captivated by a 70's and 80's world of elaborate beauty.
A larger than life character
he was another colourful contributor
to the Central Otago Fashion story
Being a farmer his initial interest was in wool and leather garments but Eden’s growing involvement in glamorous events created what is considered an important collection at a time when New Zealand traditionally looked towards centres such as Paris and London as fashion leaders.
From the stories, Eden clearly liked to party and in the company of “luscious” women – beauty queens, designers, entertainers and larger than life characters. He travelled extensively making money from his astute farming decisions.
Generous spirited in his community, he brought great style and interest and set the scene for other entrepreneurs and new events. His life may well have been observed by his neighbours and family as eccentric.
Nevertheless, this “mad bugger” farmer and adventurer created a treasured collection of glamour for the world to enjoy. Eden Hore, a visionary, established a trailblazing collection representing a unique slice of New Zealand couture fashion, which cannot be found anywhere in the country and possibly the world.
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