Kimono Couture: The Beauty of Chiso (Virtual Exhibition)

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Date & Time: Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, November 28, 2020 - February 6, 2021

Suggested Audiences: Elders, Adult, College, High School, Middle School, Elementary
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Worcester Art Museum
55 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609
Cost: Free
Sponsored by: Cornerstone Bank and Imperial Distributors, Inc.
Description: The Worcester Art Museum is honored to partner with Chiso, the distinguished Kyoto-based kimono house, on their first virtual exhibition of historic and contemporary kimonos from their collection. The exhibition goes live on November 28, with 10 weekly installments ending on February 6, 2021, the opening day of "Kimono in Print: 300 Years of Japanese Design."

"Kimono Couture: The Beauty of Chiso" highlights the history and exquisite artistry of the prestigious 465-year-old garment maker through the presentation of 10 kimonos from the mid-1600s to 2000s. In addition, a selection of related works--paintings, kimono fragments, and woodblock printed books--from the Chiso art collection reflect the creative collaborations between Chiso and several celebrated Japanese artists since the late 19th century.

Also for the first time, a museum presents the kimono as a contemporary art practice--through the commissioning of WAM's own kimono. The "Worcester Wedding Kimono" highlights motifs inspired by the shared appreciation in Japan and New England for the fall season and brilliant maple leaves. Referencing the city of Worcester's iconic seven hills, the kimono incorporates seven gradations of color as a depiction of seasonal change, as well as seven advanced textile techniques for decoration. Some of these techniques are now practiced by only a few remaining artisans. The "Worcester Wedding Kimono" will be shown in "The Kimono in Print: 300 Years of Japanese Design exhibition."

"Kimono Couture" gives a rare and up-close look at the intricacy, character, and artistry of kimono design and fabrication in one of Japan's most exclusive kimono houses.

This exhibition is organized by the Worcester Art Museum in partnership with Chiso, the revered 465-year-old kimono design and production house based in Kyoto, Japan. Support is provided by the Fletcher Foundation and Michie Family Curatorial Fund. Research for this project was made possible by the Japan-United States Friendship Commission and the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies. Additional support is provided by Emily and James Holdstein, and Sandy Hubbard and Thomas J. Logan.
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