Kimono Couture: The Beauty of Chiso

Date: November 7, 2020 - January 31, 2021 at Wednesday – Sunday: 10am-4pm; Third Thursday of each month: 10am-8pm
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Presented By: Worcester Art Museum

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 14 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 New England foliage and the seven hills of Worcester.

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. 

The exhibition is sponsored by Cornerstone Bank and Imperial Distributors, Inc. The Media Partners are  The Boston Globe and WGBH.

Image: CHISO Co. Ltd, Furisode with Wave and Crane Design, made for Nishimura Tokuko, the fourteenth Madame Nishimura, 1938, yūzen-dyeing and embroidery on woven silk, Collection of CHISO Co. Ltd, © CHISO
















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