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Eden Hore (1919-1997) came from a long-line of Central Otago high country farmers. He excelled as a farmer and was a very successful businessman. He was entrepreneurial; regarded by many as one of the best of his generation.

But there was a LOT more to him. Just like the vast, ‘empty’ and everchanging landscape around him, his spirit was endlessly elusive, restless and mercurial. A hard-working visionary, his passions ranged across an extraordinary range of fascinations and pastimes.

Not least of his endeavours was the rapid growth of the largest collection of (astonishing) haute couture 1970s and 80s fashion in New Zealand. Eden assembled over 270 gowns, primarily by New Zealand’s leading high-fashion designers. The story of this expansive and magical collection of ,high fashion, and its location in the isolated and raw high country of Central Otago, are at the heart of the Eden Hore Central Otago initiative.

Today, the fashion collection is safely in the hands of the hands of the Central Otago District Council and managed by the Eden Hore Trust. The Eden Hore Central Otago initiative is focused on telling this extraordinary story in ways that tap into the elusive interwoven spirit of the man and this region – and keep it alive. Under the careful eye of the Eden Hore Central Otago Steering Group, an ambitious programme of projects is planned. A number have already been achieved, including internationally celebrated New Zealand Kiwi photographer Derek Henderson’s photographs of model Hannah Clarke wearing dresses from the collection in dramatic Central Otago locations. These already-iconic photographs (a limited edition is available for sale) formed the backdrop for an exhibition of selected garments, video and photography at The Dowse in December 2021 - the first presentation of Eden’s collection and story outside of the South Island.

This website is part of that work in progress. We invite you to join us in celebrating Eden Hore Central Otago by following its journey, visiting our exhibitions, supporting our fundraising to help ensure this valuable collection and story live on.

The Eden Hore Central Otago Trust

In recognition of the need for the provision of funding for the preservation of the collection and its ongoing interpretation and display, the Eden Hore Central Otago Charitable Trust has been established.


Sir Sam Neill

A recipient of an Order of the British Empire for Services to Acting, and a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, Sam Neill is internationally recognized for his contribution to film and television, with more than 80 films and over 45 television programs to his credit.

Neill made his film debut in Roger Donaldson’s Sleeping Dogs and his feature breakthrough in a starring role opposite Judy Davis in My Brilliant Career. The two films that subsequently brought him international stardom and acclaim were writer/director Jane Campion’s The Piano and Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. Written and directed by visionary filmmaker Jane Campion, The Piano starred Neill, Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel and Anna Paquin and won 3 Oscars, 3 BAFTA and 11 Australian Film Institute (AFI) awards, along with an AFI Best Supporting Actor nomination for Neill. In 2016 he received an AFI Best Supporting Actor nomination for his work in The Daughter.

His film credits include Dead Calm opposite Nicole Kidman for director Phillip Noyce; A Cry In The Dark opposite Meryl Streep for director Fred Schepisi; The Hunter opposite Willem Dafoe(for which Neill received an AACTA Best Actor nomination);Little Fish opposite Cate Blanchett; The Horse Whisperer alongside Kristin Scott Thomas, Robert Redford and Scarlett Johansson; Perfect Strangers; The Hunt For Red October alongside Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin for director John McTiernan; Dirty Deeds alongside Bryan Brown and Toni Collette; Bicentennial Man opposite Robin Williams for director Chris Columbus; Wimbledon opposite Kirsten Dunst; My Talks With Dean Spanley alongside Peter O’Toole and Bryan Brown; Skin opposite Sophie Okenedo; Yes for Orlando director Sally Potter; Daybreakers; the animated film Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls Of Ga’hoole; and Czech production The Zookeeper. Recent features include The Daughter (for which he received his second AACTA Best Actor nomination); director Taika Waititi’s multi-award winning film Hunt For The Wilderpeople; director Warwick Thornton’s AACTA Best Film winner Sweet Country opposite Bryan Brown and Hamilton Morris, box office success Sony’s Peter Rabbit and Palm Beach, directed by Rachel Ward and also starring Bryan Brown, Richard E. Grant and Greta Scacchi; Blackbird with Kate Winslet, Susan Sarandon and Mia Wasikowska directed by Roger Michell; Rams with Michael Caton and Miranda Richardson directed by Jeremy Sims. Upcoming he will be seen in Jurassic World 3: Dominion alongside Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Jeff Goldblum and Laura Dern and directed by Colin Trevorrow, Assassins Club with Henry Golding and Noomi Rapace and directed by Camille Delamarre and The Portable Door staring Christoph Waltz and Miranda Otto and directed by Jeffrey Walker.

His work in television has earned Sam Neill three Golden Globe Best Actor nominations. In 1998 he received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for his performance in the title role of the NBC miniseries Merlin. He received a Golden Globe nomination in 1992 for his performance opposite Judy Davis in One Against The Wind and a third Golden Globe nomination, along with the BAFTA Award for Best Actor, for his performance as British spy Sidney Reilly in director Martin Campbell’s Reilly: Ace Of Spies. He also received the Australian Film Institute (AFI) Best Actor Award for the Australian drama Jessica.

Other television credits include the ITV miniseries, Tutankhamun; the first two seasons of the hit BBC series Peaky Blinders, starring alongside Cillian Murphy; the Australian crime drama Old School opposite Bryan Brown; the FOX drama series Alcatraz; the acclaimed Australian television series Rake;NBC’s Crusoe; Showtime’s The Tudors with Jonathan Rhys Meyers; the miniseries To The Ends Of Earth with Benedict Cumberbatch; and Granada’s epic miniseries Doctor Zhivago. He has recently finished filming Invasion for Apple TV directed by Jakob Verbruggen.

He has a small organic winery called Two Paddocks, and is a longtime activist and spokesman for environmental causes.

Dr Jane Malthus

Jane is Honorary Curator of European Dress at Otago Museum and an independent dress historian, curator and artist. She co-curated Otago Museum’s current Fashion Forward: Disruption Through Design exhibition.

She has played an instrumental role in developing the Eden Hore Fashion Collection, before and since it was acquired by Council. She has organised exhibitions, overseen cataloguing, contributed to conservation assessment, given conference papers and talks on the Eden Hore collection, published scholarly articles and provided professional advice to Council as required. Throughout this process she has undertaken research into the items and designers represented in the Collection. This work is ongoing.

The establishment of Eden Hore Central Otago Steering Group was to create a strategic coalition between Council and a number of strategic partners and other parties to deliver a programme of events and initiatives to leverage value of Council’s ownership of the collection.

His Worship Tim Cadogan, Mayor of Central Otago District

Mayor Tim came to the Mayoralty following a career in Law and before that, a career as a radio broadcaster and copywriter. Tim was the winner of the 2003 New Zealand Radio Award for Best Station Promotion.

Tim has had a long involvement with the Alexandra-based WoolOn Creative Fashion Event, including being the MC of the first few WoolOn events in the early 2000’s as well as a number of events in the 2010’s, through being Deputy Chair of the Alexandra Blossom Festival Committee for 8 years, during which time that Committee ran the event. Tim chaired the first WoolOn Committee following its becoming a stand-alone event in 2017 – he resigned from this position upon taking up the Mayoralty.

Paul Blomfield

Paul Blomfield is a well known fashion industry advocate, PR professional and event manager. He runs Paul Blomfield PR which covers Public Relations, event management, brand creation and development, research and strategic planning.

Paul has worked with many of New Zealand's iconic brands and big events as varied as The Auckland Darts Masters, Top Gear Live, The Auckland Home Show, The BMW Polo Open, Taste of Auckland and the Armageddon Expo to name a few.

Whilst now not actively involved in the fashion sector, Paul’s extensive experience in this field means he’s always available to offer support and professional assistance for those in the sector.

Margarita Robertson

The influence that Margarita Robertson has had on the New Zealand fashion industry began in 1975 in the Dunedin retail environment. The first PLUME store opened in 1978, offering a curated selection of avant-garde designers, the business expanded in 1986 with the conception of now-ubiquitous label NOM*d. Initially a knitwear range, however as the collection developed, PLUME became the flagship store for the label. Robertson opened a second PLUME in Christchurch in 1992, confirming the success and longevity of NOM*d, and the international designers that are stocked alongside. In 1998 NOM*d was invited alongside three other NZ designers known as the NZ Four to show her collection at London Fashion Week. Since then, NOM*d has been recognised as the epitome of avant-garde Antipodean fashion, and Robertson has shown the label in conjunction with both London, Paris and New York Fashion Weeks. Collections such as Red (AW 2003), Caveat Emptor (SS 2005-06) and Turncoats (AW 2010) have galvanised NOM*d’s dark, deconstructivist and utilitarian attitude. The significance of the label has been recognised by its acquisition into dress collections at the National Gallery of Victoria and Te Papa Tongarewa. In 2018, Robertson was appointed an ONZM for her ongoing services to the New Zealand fashion industry. After 35 years, NOM*d and Robertson’s impact on fashion and print culture is enduring, continuing to offer innovative clothing for the discerning customer.

Tim Walker

Tim Walker is an Auckland-based arts & culture consultant. After 3 decades in the art gallery sector (as fine arts curator at Waikato Museum, senior art curator at National Art Gallery/Te Papa and director at the Dowse Art Museum) he set up his own company to work with cultural organisations, iwi, government and local government and tourism operators throughout New Zealand and in the Pacific.

Tim undertook the Eden Hore Fashion Collection Feasibility study for the Central Otago District Council in 2016. Tim is chair of the Board of Toi Whakaari; NZ Drama School. He has a MA in Art History and was awarded an Honorary Degree in Creative Technologies by the Wellington Institute of Technology

Claire Regnault

Claire is the Senior Curator New Zealand History & Culture at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Her research interests lie primarily in New Zealand's fashion histories and associated industries. Her publications include Dressed: Fashionable Dress in Aotearoa 1840 to 1910 (Te Papa Press, 2021), which has been described by NZ Geographic as ‘social history at its best’, The Dress Circle: New Zealand Fashion Design Since 1940 (Godwit, 2010) and the New Zealand Gown of the Year (HBCT, 2003). She is an active member of the Costume & Textile Association of New Zealand.

John Crawford

John has a 30 year association with Naseby and the broader Maniototo area and chaired Naseby Vision Inc for 13 years and remains a committee member. Naseby Vision has had an interest in the future of the Eden Hore collection since it was acquired by the CODC and has been actively involved in the Council’s consultation process.

John was until a couple of years ago General Manager of Dunedin-based international television production company NHNZ Ltd. He co-owns, with Jacquie his wife, Big Sky Adventures Ltd, an Otago Central Rail Trail tour business and a small floriculture business, both of which are Naseby based. He has previously held a number of company directorships and has served on committees and trusts.

Dr Jane Malthus

See above in The Eden Hore Central Otago Trust

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