Whether you're making clothes, creating an amazing costume for Armageddon, or mending you'll find useful resources at the Library.


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Fashion Technology and Design at Ara

Cosplay and costuming

Costuming in the catalogue

Cosplay and costuming

King Lear performed by the Canterbury Repertory Theatre

Photo taken at the Christchurch Art Gallery to publicise Canterbury Repertory Theatre's production of King Lear, 2016.

Picturing Canterbury: Darth Vader

A person dressed as Darth Vader at Armageddon Expo, 2009. An image from Canterbury Stories.

Samaa among the blossoms: Picturing Canterbury

Samaa dancer, Zohreh Jafarian, in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. 2022. An image from Canterbury Stories.

Cosplay and creative costuming

Photos of people getting creative with library resources to make costumes and cosplay.


Mending in the catalogue


Make your money go further: Mending

Make use of library resources and extend the life of your clothing for little to no cost!

Craft Snippets: Sustainable crafting and mending

Sally reports back from the Craft snippets event at Upper Riccarton Library with guest speaker sustainable crafter, Amy Hewgill.

Repair, Remake and Reuse @ Lyttelton Library

Are you a fan of The Repair Shop? Do you love fixing things yourself? We have a programme of events for you, and plenty of books to help too

Related pages


Our libraries have a range of resources to improve your craft skills and give you creative ideas.


Resources for the dedicated follower of fashion. Find books, magazines and more about fashion, designers, sewing and style.

New Zealand fashion

Explore the clothing and dress of Kiwis, from past eras and today.

Auahatanga - Creative Spaces

There is amazing technology at Christchurch City Libraries. Find out about each piece of gear, where you can find it, & how you can use it.
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