Couturiere-owner of the iconic Auckland boutique The Cupboard, Diane Burkhardt is renowned for unique, contemporary designs. Her garments are worn by international women 25 to 75 - ageless, perennial fashions, found only at The Cupboard, Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand.
Drawing upon Eastern and Edwardian infuences, Diane uses high quality natural fabrics - wools, cashmeres, tweeds, silks, linens and cottons. The texture and juxtaposition of velvets, beads and brocades excite the eye. The draping of ' diane burkhardt' clothes is soft and feminine, and the details - such as pintucks, pleating and handwork - is sophisticated, elegant and flattering.
Diane says her colours are soft and restrained, resonating New Zealand's landscape. Greys, blacks, whites, chocolates, yellowy greens, and earthy reds and plums are sculptured into gentle silhouettes; sometimes with volume, sometimes sleek and fitting. The Eastern elegance of a kimono is echoed in cross over styling, while swing coats of the 60s and 70s are expressed anew.