Fundraising vintage fashion show inspired by art and music

Friday 25th & Saturday 26th November 2022,
Christchurch Art Gallery | Te Puna O Waiwhetu

Fashion meets
Art meets

BellaBean Vintage is proud to support the Christchurch School of Music with an exciting fundraising fashion show inspired by art and music.

Come and celebrate fashion, art and music at this beautifully presented, imaginative and enjoyable show.

Common Threads – weaving fashion, art and music together to tell a creative story is the newest offering from BellaBean Vintage and follows on from the very successful 2020 show “A Colourful Past’ which was designed to support the Christchurch Arts Centre.

pieces from Bella Bean Vintage’s ‘A Colourful Past’ Show, 2020


Dame Louise Henderson

Born in Paris in 1902, Louise Henderson attended classes in embroidery, lace design, drawing and design and the history of art and craft at the School of Industrial Arts in Paris from 1921–27. She emigrated to New Zealand in 1925 and took a position as an instructor in embroidery and design at the Canterbury School of Art in 1926. She received an Honorary Diploma of Fine Arts in 1931. She first exhibited with The Group in 1935, and spent sometime painting with Rita Angus in Christchurch. In 1948, Henderson visited John Weeks’ studio for the first time, and she moved to Auckland in 1950. Henderson returned to study art in Europe in 1952 and trained with Jean Metzinger in Paris at Atelier Frochot.

In the 1993 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Henderson was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to art.

Musical Pairing:
Tom Rainey and Jennine Bailey

Musicians Tom and Jennine are a natural fit with the progressive and timeless style of Louise Henderson’s beautiful art.

The fantastic Tom Rainey has composed, arranged, conducted and played with some of Aotearoa’s finest musicians. He has supported artists as diverse as Cher and The Beach Boys. His arrangements have been performed by the NZSO and all the regional orchestras as well as the London Royal Philharmonic and he is the initiator of collaborations between orchestral and popular styles with Goldenhorse, Anika Moa, Julia
Deans, and Bic Runga to name just a few.

Recent projects have included Shapeshifters opening 2019 concert, arrangements for NZSO with Tami Neilsen and Jason Kerrigan and Tiki Taane and the Christchurch
Symphony Orchestra.

Singer and teacher Jennine Bailey’s smooth and powerful voice is contemporary, beautiful and has a wonderful synergy with the six decades progressive paintings created by Louise. She defies genre definitions and puts her own unique soulful style on every song she sings. She has headlined sold out shows at Jazz and Blues Festivals around the country.

Her debut album, ‘You Go To My Head’ was voted one of three winners at an international jazz festival and she has an ITunes album called “ In The Mood For Love. Louise, Tom and Jennine share a common thread of timeless, genre defying brilliance.

Reuben Paterson

Reuben Paterson (Ngāti Rangitihi, Ngāi Tūhoe, Tūhourangi) graduated from the University of Auckland’s Elam School of Fine Arts in 1997 and received the Moët et Chandon Fellowship the same year. The fellowship supported him to travel to France to study fashion shows and European art collections.

Over the past 20 years, he has become known for his kaleidoscopic compositions of kōwhaiwhai (rafter paintings), floral motifs and monochromatic imagery. He continually experiments with new materials and mediums, making works with diamond dust, large Mylar shimmer discs and foil, while also extending into animation and sculpture.

Musical Pairing:

Provocative, big, loud and bold are words sometimes used to describe Reuben Paterson’s work so these concepts inspired the pairing of his art and the fashion with the music of Pandemonium.

Pandemonium is a group based around the percussion section of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, and the two members who will match their music with Reuben’s force of nature art, Roanna Funcke and Brett Painter, also happen to be teachers at the Christchurch School of Music.

The music they play is from Aotearoa, the Pacific, the Caribbean, South America – World music – and is classical, techno, jazz, rock, and junk (played on recycled materials). More genre defying brilliance – that Common Thread again.

Mount Brown Estates
(Key Wine Sponsor)

Great wine comes from having care for – and control over – the whole process from vine to bottle. From discovering an abandoned vineyard in the foothills of Mount Brown, to planting on fields of the old Lime Loader site in Waipara Valley, North Canterbury; the wine Mount Brown Estates produces begins with a love for the land and ensuring their activities are sustainable.

Their award-winning wines capture the essence of North Canterbury. From full bodied and luscious Pinot Gris; crisp and fragrant Sauvignon Blanc; delightfully citrusy Riesling; to intense dark cherry Pinot Noir – all Mount Brown Estates wine is estate-grown, made and bottled.

Musical Pairing:
Cameron Sloan

Cameron Sloan is a classical guitarists with a deep love of the instrument and its repertoire. A graduate from Te Koki New Zealand School of Music he has a Master of Music in classical guitar from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Cameron will play Spanish-inspired classical pieces to accompany BellaBean Vintage wine-inspired runway looks.

Bella Bean

BellaBean Vintage is the creative vision of proprietor Jenny Cookson. Her love of second-hand shopping started early. Walking home from primary school took her past a Cats Protection League opportunity shop. She visited most days and spent her small amounts of pocket money buying old buttons and trinkets. As a teenager – funded by an after-school cleaning job and later full-time work – she shopped in iconic vintage Christchurch institutions like the Atlantis Market and Shand’s Emporium.

At 15 she bought a 1950’s white satin wedding dress from a vintage shop called Tete a Tete. She wore it till it was trashed. Jenny loved the eclectic mix of fabrics, patterns and colour, something not found in most chain stores. In vintage stores there is nothing guiding your choice except your own personal taste. She became addicted to the freedom of vintage shopping, and developed a knack for spotting good quality and so her extensive personal vintage collection began. That personal collection became the innovative business BellaBean Vintage in 2011.

BellaBean stocks items from the 1930s to the 1990s with a little high end modern designer thrown in. Jenny is passionate about sharing her love of vintage fashion with the world, and began curating vintage catwalk shows from her extensive collection. Common Threads, her latest show, is a new innovation where, where fashion meets art meets music.

pieces from Bella Bean Vintage’s ‘A Colourful Past’ Show, 2020


Bella Bean Vintage is proud to present Common Threads, a fundraiser for the Christchurch School of Music. Join us for a fantastic evening where Fashion meets Art meets Music. A colourful and unique fashion show from Bella Bean Vintage matched with the beautiful art of Louise Henderson and Reuben Paterson and accompanied by live music from the fabulous Jennine Bailey with Tom Rainey, Pandemonium Percussion and Cameron Sloan on guitar along with groups from the Christchurch School of Music, this will be an event not to be missed.

A VIP table of 6 entitles all guests to wine and canapés throughout the evening and a front row view of the catwalk.

For the seated and standing tickets there will be a complimentary bubbles on arrival and Mount Brown Estates wine and nibbles to purchase throughout the evening.

VIP Table : $750.00
Seated Ticket : $65.00
Standing Ticket : $30.00

Order Tickets by Phone: 0800 BUY TIX (289 849)