Kimono Couture:
The Beauty of Chiso

April 25 – July 26, 2020

A kimono designed with red, green, gold and white colored cranes on a black background
CHISO, Furisode, 1938, Yuzen dyeing, embroidery, Collection of CHISO Co. Ltd, © CHISO

The first ever exhibition outside Japan of historic and contemporary kimonos from the collection of Chiso—the distinguished Kyoto-based kimono house founded in 1555—will include 13 kimonos from the mid-1600s to 2000s. Also on display will be an original, handcrafted contemporary wedding kimono specially commissioned by the Worcester Art Museum with motifs inspired by the seven hills of Worcester—as well as a video documenting the contemporary creation of a kimono from start to finish. This kimono will feature new and traditional design and fabrication techniques—some of which are now practiced by only a few remaining artisans.

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 460-year-old kimono design and production house based in Kyoto, Japan. Support is provided by the 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.

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