Silk for Suffragettes and Schoolchildren Exhibit at the Whatcom Museum

Americans and Europeans were crazy for kimono, and garments based on kimono, beginning in mid-nineteenth century, including fashionistas in Whatcom County. This exhibition focuses on kimono-inspired objects that have come into the Whatcom Museum’s collection over the last fifty years.

Primarily from Bellingham community members, this collection shows their strong interest in this fashion trend. These textile creations reveal American designers’ ingenuity in adapting aspects of the kimono for Western use. They also show the savvy of Japanese designers in anticipating Western demand and creating clothing designed to suit American and European lifestyles.

From a child’s pink crepe robe to an evening gown with “kimono” sleeves, these garments offer us a glimpse of this fashion frenzy, and the various ways in which it translated into novel patterns of wear in our very own community.

Curated by Julia Sapin, Ph.D., Professor of Art History, Western Washington University

Starts: May 29, 2021

Occurs: Every week on Sunday Thursday, Friday, Saturday, until August 29, 2021
Time: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Admission: $5-10 | Included with admission/members free

Location: Whatcom Museum - Old City Hall
121 Prospect St., Bellingham, View Website

Phone: (360) 778-8930

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