Kimono Couture: The Beauty of Chiso

A virtual exhibition online from November 28

Experience the world of traditional kimono design and artistry still practiced by Chiso, the 465-year-old, Kyoto-based kimono house in our virtual exhibition, Kimono Couture: The Beauty of Chiso. Click on the image below to enter this free virtual exhibition.

Kimono Couture: The Beauty of Chiso – A Virtual Exhibition

Over the course of ten weeks, this interactive virtual exhibition reveals a new kimono theme to explore each week, leading up to the opening of the in-house exhibition, Kimono in Print: 300 Years of Japanese Design. The virtual exhibition includes a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the Worcester Wedding Kimono, the first kimono ever commissioned as a work of art by an art museum.

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For WAM Members:

WAM Members will have advance access to each weekly kimono "reveal" a few days before the general public. Contact Membership Manager Tara Leahy at taraleahy@worcesterart.org to obtain your password-only access.

Curator Talk: Join Vivian Li and Christine Starkman, co-curators of Kimono Couture: The Beauty of Chiso, on December 17 at 6pm for an insightful Members-only, virtual program on how they worked with Chiso to create Kimono Couture. For the Zoom link, RSVP to taraleahy@worcesterart.org

Kimono Couture catalog cover

Kimono Couture: The Beauty of Chiso is accompanied by a catalog, authored by the exhibition guest curators, Vivian Li and Christine Starkman, with contributions by Riyo Kikuchi and Yukio Lippit. Published by D Giles Limited, London, in association with the Worcester Art Museum, the catalog is for sale in the Museum Shop for $34.95.

For mail orders, please call the Shop at 508.793.4355 or email shopsales@worcesterart.org.

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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The exhibition is sponsored by Cornerstone Bank and Imperial Distributors, Inc.

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