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Exhibitions Calendar

Western Region (Region V)

Alaska, British Columbia, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Alberta, Montana, Saskatchewan, Wyoming, Nevada, Northwest Territories, Oregon, Washington, Yukon Territories

The Region V Exhibitions Calendar lists exhibitions of costume, lectures and workshops. Please note dates of exhibitions may change. If no beginning date is given, the exhibition is already open.

CSA-sponsored programs in the Western Region:
Western Region "Events, Workshops and Symposia" page.

Hollywood Costume
October 2, 2014 – March 2, 2015
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles is presenting the final showing of the groundbreaking multimedia exhibition Hollywood Costume in the historic Wilshire May Company Building, the future location of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, this ticketed exhibition explores the central role of costume design–from the glamorous to the very subtle–as an essential tool of cinematic storytelling. On view October 2, 2014 through March 2, 2015 the exhibition brings together the world’s most iconic costumes from the Golden Age of cinema to the present.
The Academy is enhancing the V&A’s exhibition and will include more than 150 costumes. The Academy’s presentation will add over 30 costumes to this landmark show, including Jared Leto’s costume from Dallas Buyers Club (Kurt and Bart, 2013) – a recent acquisition from the Academy’s Collection – as well as costumes from such recent releases including The Hunger Games (Judianna Makovsky, 2012), Django Unchained (Sharen Davis, 2012), Lee Daniels' The Butler (Ruth E. Carter, 2013), The Wolf of Wall Street (Sandy Powell, 2013), American Hustle (Michael Wilkinson, 2013), and The Great Gatsby (Catherine Martin, 2013). In addition, Hollywood Costume will showcase the Academy’s pair of the most famous shoes in the world – the original ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz (Adrian, 1939) shown with Dorothy’s blue and white gingham pinafore dress.
Hollywood Costume is curated by Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Academy Award® – nominated costume designer and founding director of UCLA’s David C. Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design, whose credits include National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Coming to America (1988) and the music video for Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” (1983); with Sir Christopher Frayling (Professor Emeritus of Cultural History, Royal College of Art), and set and costume designer and V&A Assistant Curator Keith Lodwick.

photo by Richard Harbaugh / ©A.M.P.A.S.

photo by Richard Harbaugh / ©A.M.P.A.S.

The Autry in Griffith Park
4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462

How the West Was Worn by…Michael Jackson

In the world of style, pop icon Michael Jackson’s willingness to try different patterns and designs made him truly unique. Millions of people around the world saw his elaborate costumes, but very few realized the Western influence in the design. The Autry National Center’s installation shows how Jackson’s use of Western wear evolved over the years, reflecting his ability to use classic Western styles in distinctive ways.


Tonto and the Lone Ranger

See the costumes worn by actors Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp in the movie The Lone Ranger (2013). The special installation includes the full Lone Ranger and Tonto costumes, along with prop weapons, jewelry, headgear, and footwear.

Bishop Museum
1525 Bernice St., Honolulu, HI 96817

Pacific Hall

Explore Moananuiākea, the wide expanse of Oceania, in Pacific Hall's newly renovated two-story gallery.

Encounter the family of the Pacific on the first floor, which is filled with cultural treasures — model canoes, woven mats, contemporary artwork, and videos of Pacific scholars. On the second floor, learn about the origins and migrations of Pacific peoples through the fields of archaeology, oral traditions, and linguistics.

Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street Santa Ana, CA, 92706

Ancient Arts of China: A 5000 year Legacy

Curated by authorities of Chinese history and culture from the Shanghai Museum, this incredible collection portrays the evolution of Chinese art and culture.

Journey back through 5000 years of Chinese history and follow the efflorescence of arts throughout one of the world's oldest living civilizations. From large painted ceramic pots used during the Neolithic period, to sculptures of camels and horses made at the height of the Silk Road, to beautiful embroidered silk court robes and ivory carvings from the 19th century, this exhibition presents the importance of fine art made to be admired during life and depended on in the afterlife.


China’s Lost Civilization: The Mystery of Sanxingdui
October 19, 2014 - March 15, 2015

Who were they? Where did they come from?

In 1929 a farmer living about 40 km northeast of Sichuan Province's capital city, Chengdu, accidentally uncovered a cache of 300 to 400 jade pieces. The place was Sanxingdui, a small village that would eventually lend its name to a culture that even today is one of China's greatest ancient mysteries.

The impressive size of the 1929 discovery suggested that the site was significant and periodic excavations continued around the site for over a half a century without learning a great deal about the people of Sanxingdui. Then, in the Summer of 1986, brick makers mining clay came across a startling discovery; two rectangular pits filled with what are believed to be sacrificial offerings, including 80 complete elephant tusks, gold items, and bronze figures, heads, masks, trees, and other items like no one has ever seen.

One of the bronze figures is 8 feet tall and on a pedestal of bronze. What is particularly intriguing is that the heads, for the most part, don't appear to be human or animal. They are characterized by very sharp features, grossly perturbing eyes, and exaggerated ears and noses. It is believed that the bronzes were solely the product of the Sanxingdui people, but indications of local bronze production have yet to be found. Finally, once these bronzes were carefully buried in the two "Sacrificial Pits," nothing like them was ever seen again.

This major exhibition includes 120 mysterious Sanxingdui bronzes presented along with jade objects and a gold staff thought to belong to a ruler, and for the first time in the United States, archaeological finds from a 2001 discovery at Jinsha. With Sanxingdui we see a truly mysterious culture that could produce monumental bronzes depicting unknown beings unlike anything ever seen before or since. So who were these Sanxingdui people, where did they come from, and where did they go after burying their most precious treasures? This remarkably intriguing exhibition is organized by the Sichuan Cultural Bureau along with the Bowers Museum and will be on view at the Bowers from October 19, 2014 through March 15, 2015 before traveling to one other US venue for an additional five months and then returning to China.

de Young Museum
Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA, 94118

Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: N? Hulu Ali‘in
August 29, 2015 - February 28, 2016

Explore the distinctive art, culture, and history of Hawai‘i with the first exhibition of Hawaiian featherwork on the U.S. mainland, developed in partnership with the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Honolulu. Presented in San Francisco, which is considered to be the gateway to the Pacific, the exhibition will feature approximately 75 rare and stunning examples of the finest featherwork capes and cloaks in existence, as well as royal staffs of feathers (k?hili), feather lei (lei hulu manu), helmets (mahiole), feathered god images (akua hulu manu), and related eighteenth- and nineteenth-century paintings and works on paper.

Handcrafted of plant fiber and rare feathers from endemic birds of the islands, the cloaks (‘ahu‘ula) and capes provided spiritual protection to Hawaiian chiefs, proclaiming their identity and status. The abstract patterns and compositions of royal feathers (n? hulu ali‘i) are both beautiful and full of cultural meaning. While the arrangements of their forms—crescents, triangles, circles, quadrilaterals, and lines—and fields of color appear contemporary, they are ancient. Symbols of the power and status of Hawai‘i’s monarchs at home and abroad, these vibrantly colored treasures of the Hawaiian people endure today as masterpieces of unparalleled artistry, technical skill, and cultural pride.

High Style: The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection
March 14, 2015 – July 19, 2015

Explore the glamour and sophistication of one of the world’s preeminent costume collections, whose fashions worn by American women reflect the nation’s tastes and transformations over the course of the 20th century. High Style, presented exclusively on the West Coast at the Legion of Honor, provides a rare opportunity to view the evolution of fashion from 1910 to 1980 through more than 60 stunning costumes, 30 costume accessories, and an array of related fashion sketches from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection.

Curated by Jan Glier Reeder, consulting curator for the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and organized by the Met, High Style captures the key points of 20th-century fashion design with rare pieces from French couture houses, including pieces by Jeanne Lanvin, Elsa Schiaparelli, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, and Hubert de Givenchy. In addition, the presentation features pioneering American designers of the 1930s and 1940s such as Charles James, Elizabeth Hawes, Sally Victor, and Gilbert Adrian, among others. The selection of haute couture and ready-to-wear garments showcases the stunning craftsmanship and flamboyance of fashion in this era.

Highlights include Schiaperelli’s iconic surrealist necklace of brightly colored tin insects from 1938, six masterfully engineered James ball gowns from the 1950s, and Adrian’s striking tiger-striped silk ball gown from 1949.

FIDM Museum & Galleries
919 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

Opulent Art: 18th – Century Dress from The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection
February 10, 2015- July 4, 2015

Ladies and gentlemen living in 18th-century Europe dressed opulently. The designing, producing, and wearing of fashion was elevated to an art form. Luxurious silks, handmade laces, and precious metal trimmings were de riguer for those aligned with royal courts and attending state theatres. In this exhibition are displayed lavish garments and accessories spanning the century, including a rare “Figaro” costume worn by an actor portraying the rascal servant in Beaumarchais’s famed opera trilogy. The stories of this character’s hijinks undermining his aristocratic employer sparked revolutionary tensions with real life rulers, who tried unsuccessfully to ban the popular productions


23rd Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design
February 10, 2015 – April 25, 2015

FIDM Museum & Galleries’ popular annual exhibition shines the spotlight on costumes that help bring memorable film characters to life. This year’s exhibition will feature over 100 costumes representing 20 of 2014’s most notable films in a variety of genres. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the exquisite designs and craftsmanship produced by many of today’s top costume designers.

FIDM Gallery Orange County
17590 Fillette Avenue, Irvine, CA 92614

No current exhibit

Fowler Museum at UCLA
308 Charles E. Young Drive North Los Angeles, CA, 90095

Making Strange: Gagawaka + Postmortem
April 19–September 6, 2015

Making Strange presents recent work by Delhi-based contemporary artist Vivan Sundaram, a founding member of Sahmat and a veteran of socially engaged art. He is one of the leading artists working in India today. Making Strange brings together two distinct projects by the artist. The first, Gagawaka, is comprised of twenty-seven wearable, sculptural garments made from unexpected re-purposed materials to evoke a playful yet subversive relationship to fashion, haute couture, the runway, and the brand. These inventive sculptural garments will be presented in dialogue with Postmortem, assemblages of mannequin parts, anatomical models, and wooden props that undercut the spectacle of Gagawaka to suggest darker relationships to the human body.

In Making Strange Sundaram captures the tension between beauty and illness, pleasure and pain, life and death. Using modernist avant-garde aesthetic strategies (including those associated with Dada and Surrealism), high fashion, recycled materials, and pop cultural references, he invites us to contemplate the fragility of the body, as well as the possibilities for representing the human figure within the conditions of our globalized world.

La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum
703 Second Street, La Conner, WA 98257

Night Thoughts with Larkin Van Horn
January 14 - March 29, 2015

"It has long been a fascination of mine that the best ideas or solutions to problems always seem to present themselves at highly inconvenient moments: driving down the freeway, in the shower, anytime I can't just drop everything and get to work. This is especially true of that tiny little space of time when I am drifting off to sleep. So, a couple of years ago, I started keeping a notebook near the bed so I could jot down whatever stray ideas flitted through my mind. Sometimes that worked, and sometimes it didn't. I'd wake up to find unintelligible scribblings and no memory of what on earth I thought I had written. Other times the words I wrote down made no sense in the light of day. And some ideas were just plain weird. What did emerge were some recurring themes that turned into some short series that are presented in this exhibit: Shattered Circles (a continuation of a long term series), Labyrinths and Celtic Spirals, Gaia/Goddess Figures, and Trees, as well as a goodly collection of non-series works on a variety of themes.

I start with dyeing (and sometimes painting) my own fabrics, but also use commercial batiks. The backgrounds are either whole cloth or fused collage, on top of which are placed the design elements - the shattered circle, spiral, or figure. I love the quilted line, and use a lot of thread to cover the surface with stitching by machine. When the machine work is complete, I add whatever embellishments are needed. Sometimes this is couched fibers, but mostly this would be the beadwork. The beading can be added right to the quilt, or can be created as a separate medallion and added to the surface just like any applique piece. The backs of my artwork are generally not pretty and involve long stitches for the embellishment techniques, so I add a secondary back to protect those stitches from snagging. I work intuitively, and don't do a lot of sketching or planning except to capture an idea that arrives at an inconvenient moment."

- Larkin Jean Van Horn


Freddy Moran's Collages
January 14 - March 29, 2015

Frederica “Freddy” Duffy Moran is an artist and author known for her unbridled use of bold color and original designs. She considers red to be a neutral. And, of course, there is always black & white, and purple, and shocking pink! Freddy’s love for quiltmaking began later in life, at age 60, after she had excelled at other art forms. She obtained a BA degree in ceramics from the Dominican College in San Rafael. While raising a family of five sons, she designed and taught needlepoint at the Orinda ArtCenter, Orinda Community Center, and at her local needlework shops.

Her quilts have appeared in national and international publications, including magazines, art books, calendars, text books and quilt books. She is the author of Freddy’s House: Brilliant Color in Quilts (C&T Publishing, 2011) and co-author of Collaborative Quilting (2006) with Gwen Marston.

Freddy is a popular teacher, lecturer and award-winning quiltmaker. She has been selected by Home & Garden Television (HGTV) as one of six artists nationwide for their “Artists in Residence” special, which aired in early 2002. The program featured artists who “live their work” and includes a potter, a woodworker and other crafts persons, but Freddy is the only quilter. This program shows Freddy in her Orinda, California, home and garden surrounded by things she loves—quilts, a garden and extensive collection Majolica pottery. American Quilter magazine featured Freddy in the Winter/2001 issue. There is a recent article about Freddy in the American Quilter's Society magazine (2014).


Antique Embroidery
January 14 - March 29, 2015

Lavish embroidery is seen on Crazy quilts, Redwork and Bluework quilts, and cross-stitch embroidered quilts. On display are one hundred years of embroidery on quilts, garments, and other textiles. Crazy quilts were popular from 1880-1920s; the earlier quilts are often made of silk fabrics and are embellished with a wide variety of embroidery stitches. There is also a rise in embroidery work on tablecloths, doilies, and everyday items. Redwork embroidery becomes popular for linens and quilts by the end of the 19th century. "Penny Squares" could be purchased for a penny (hence the name) and were readily available in stores. Using the red thread which had in the past been used to mark linens, these embroideries were simple line drawings that even children would do. The designs could be anything: florals, children, butterflies, birds, etc.

We have a special garment on display, made by Florence Blackington of Guemes Island in the late 1920s-1930s. She used a gossamer fabric and beautiful embroidery work, even including smocking and pulled thread work on her lovely mint green flapper dress.

Embroidery work continues in the 1930s with a large variety of patterns made available through newspapers, magazines, and by mail order. One popular style was using black floss to outline applique patches, as seen in the Oregon Berries quilt below. After World War II, cross stitch kit quilts rise in popularity. These quilts were printed with the cross stitch pattern and, often, the quilting design was printed too.


Revealing the Hidden: Contemporary QuiltArt Association
April 1 - June 28, 2015

The Contemporary QuiltArt Association (CQA) is a group of more than 100 Washington State artists that work with fiber, thread and textiles.

CQA artists are diverse in style, materials, and techniques, often inventing new ways to stitch or manipulate fabric. Imagery created by artists range from abstract to representational, expressing thoughts, feelings, or messages with fiber as their media. They use a variety of materials including silk, linen, cotton, wool, plastic, vinyl, roving, rayon, or paper; rubber, zippers, feathers, beads, metal; yarns and threads, dye, paint, pens and more. Materials may be new or recycled. A few of the techniques used include dying, fusing, bleaching, painting, and sewing by hand and machine. Completed 2 or 3-D projects may hang on a wall or from a ceiling, rest on the floor or on a pedestal.

As part of an evolving international movement in fiber art, CQA continues to expand the definition of an Art Quilt. CQA is excited and proud of its contributions to the public’s awareness and understanding of this Fine Art form.


Impressions in Fabric
April 1 - June 28, 2015

The inspiration for Fabric Impressions is the beautiful landscape of the Western United States, from Antelope Valley’s Poppy Reserve in the south to the aspen forests of the Sierra Nevada and to the Pacific Northwest. The techniques used in the show are perfect for depicting the larger landscape, as well as the more intimate landscapes and florals.

The primary technique used on the fabric landscapes is reminiscent of the pointillism of the neoimpressionist painters, Georges Seurat and Paul Signac. Where they used dots of paint, the quilting technique uses tiny pieces of fabric.

The process starts with a backing and batting, creating a “canvas support” for the landscape. Fabric color choices are made, and then the fabric is cut into small pieces of fabric (approximately ¼” in size) using a rotary cutter. These pieces are stacked into piles of related colors, similar to a painter’s palette. The design is then sketched loosely on the batting. The colors are then sprinkled onto the batting to create the image. Some larger pieces of fabric are used for different elements such as tree trunks and branches, architecture, sky, etc. Once the surface is completed, the entire quilt is covered with tulle (fine netting), pinned together, and heavily quilted. The quilting provides several functions: it holds all the pieces together so there is no shifting of the fabric; it adds definition; and it makes the landscape come to “life.” The binding on these pieces is sewn as a facing.

The second technique in the show, fusible appliqué, is used mostly on the floral quilts and in parts of some of the landscapes. This technique consists of creating a line drawing of the finished shapes and copying this drawing onto a 2-sided adhesive sheet. The shapes on the adhesive sheets are cut out and ironed onto the backs of the appropriate fabric. The fabric shapes are then cut out and ironed onto the background fabric. Once all the pieces are ironed on, the piece is placed on top of the backing and batting, quilted, and bound.


Bobbin Lace in the Landmarks Gallery
March 4 - 29, 2015

The exhibit features work of local fiber artist, Sally Schoenberg who makes bobbin lace. Sally Schoenberg has been teaching lacemaking in Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, and at International Organization of Lace conventions since 1991. Her greatest enjoyment, second only to making lace, is seeing a student go from frustration and bewilderment to "Aha! Now it makes sense!" Artist Reception, Wednesday, March 4, 2015 from 4-6pm. Meet Sally and other lacemakers, who will be demonstrating how bobbin lace is made. Free and open to all!

Lacis Museum of Lace & Textiles
2982 Adeline Street, Berkeley, California, 94703

Paper-Iron-Passion: The Mongolian Paper Cut Art of Turburam Sandagdorj
February 6, 2015 – August 1, 2015

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
Costume and Textiles Online

Art of the Samurai: Swords, Paintings, Prints, and Textiles
November 1, 2014–March 1, 2015

Art of the Samurai: Swords, Paintings, Prints, and Textiles, showcases Japanese swords, samurai robes, battle screens, and woodblock prints depicting legends and battles. This installation in the Pavilion for Japanese Art complements the exhibition Samurai: Japanese Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection at LACMA.

The East Wing features paintings and textiles from LACMA’s collection, including elaborate painted screens and hanging scrolls that exemplify the kind of objects that the Samurai possessed or commissioned, or imagery and subjects that would have held special meaning for the warrior class.

The Helen and Felix Juda Gallery showcases sword blades and related fittings, as well as other weapons and woodblock prints. All of the prints are from LACMA’s collection and present warriors in action, sporting armor and weapons, and images of popular Samurai legends.

Maryhill Museum of Art
35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale, WA

Theatre de la Mode

These one-third human size mannequins celebrated world peace at the close of the World War II through their lavish display of the new “modern look” in fashions for women. After their premiere in Paris they toured Europe then America. The last stop of the original 1946 international tour of Theatre de la Mode was San Francisco where the mannequins remained until the early 1950s. At that time they were acquired by Maryhill Museum of Art. They went on a second world tour in the 1990s visiting Paris, New York, Baltimore, Portland and Tokyo.

Visitors to the exhibit will enter the enchanted world of 47 dramatically grouped mannequins dressed in the exquisitely detailed fashions of Paris in 1946 and posed in three artistic stage sets with lights designed specifically to create a theatrical atmosphere.

Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak St. at 10th & Oak Streets (Lake Merritt Bart Station on the Fremont Line), Oakland, CA, 94607

Gallery of California History

This gallery includes artifacts that illustrate the diversity of California cultures, including domestic life. The Creative Hollywood interactive exhibit invites you to gain firsthand filmmaking experience with opportunities to design costumes, create animation, and add sound effects to movies. If you’ve ever wondered if you have what it takes to become the next Walt Disney, Edith Head, or Steven Spielberg, here’s your chance to find out!

Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205

Native American Basketry

This online exhibit illustrates the broad range of Native peoples’ artistry, both ancient and contemporary.


World War II: A World at War, A State Transformed
June 26 – December 7, 2015

Join us as we honor the Greatest Generation through an original exhibition, opening 70 years following the end of World War II. In World War II: A World at War, A State Transformed, artifacts and manuscripts from the premier Mark Family Collection illustrate this massive conflict, from the battlefields in North Africa to the home fronts in America. Letters, historic documents, and military uniforms provide a sense of place and give visitors a lens into the many events of World War II, including prominent battles and critical political decisions.

The exhibit will also focus on Oregon, a state transformed during the mid-twentieth century. Items drawn from the Oregon Historical Society's archives will tell the stories that dramatically changed Oregon, including the operation of the Kaiser shipyards, the internment of Japanese Americans, and the fact that the only World War II combat casualties to occur in the continental U.S. were in Oregon as a result of the balloon bomb.

Featured artifacts include:
-Wilson’s Fourteen Points
-Engima Machine, the Nazi coding device
-Log of Japan’s attack at Pearl Harbor
-Royal Air Force uniform
-Ring of the balloon bomb
-Shrapnel from Fort Stevens

Royal British Columbia Museum
675 Belleville Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 9W2, Canada

Visit the First Peoples Gallery for dramatic glimpses of First Nations culture before and after the arrival of Europeans. The gallery includes ceremonial masks.

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
520 S. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Antique Ohio Amish Quilts from the Darwin D. Bearley Collection
November 15, 2014 – March 1, 2015

Antique Ohio Amish Quilts from the Darwin D. Bearley Collection includes over forty bed, crib and doll quilts, illustrating the breadth of the Ohio Amish quilt making tradition between 1880 and 1940. The strong graphics and vivid color combinations of these quilts have inspired artists and quilt makers since they were first seen outside the Amish community. Each quilt in the Bearley Collection also contains a story about its maker, recipient, or the dealer/collector who found these objects, brought them out of Amish homes and into the market place. Together, these stories reveal much about the culture that made the quilts and the one that collected them.


Amish: The Modern Muse II
January 10, 2015 – March 1, 2015

Come see what Amish made Modern looks like! Three Bay Area Modern Quilt Guilds--East Bay Modern, Bay Area Modern and South Bay Area Modern--present a juried exhibition of quilts made by MQG members who were inspired by Amish quilt makers.


Two Color Wonders
November 15, 2014 – March 1, 2015

Who says using only two colors is boring? On view from November 15, 2014-March 1, 2015 is the exhibit Two Color Wonders, a selection from the permanent collection of 19th and early 20th century quilts and woven coverlets that graphically illustrate just how powerful a limited color palette can be. The stark contrast of red and white, dynamics of complementary colors placed side by side or the harmony of analogous colors will inspire you to create your own two-color wonder!

Seattle Asian Art Museum
1400 East Prospect Street, Volunteer Park, Seattle, WA, 98112

Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection
February 12 - May 17, 2015

Marvel at nearly 2,000 years of amazing skill and invention. Linger over drawings, sculptures, baskets, beaded regalia, and masks.

The immense variety of Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection reflects the diversity of Native cultures. This superb exhibition offers more than great works of art and cultural artifacts—it is an invitation to explore other worlds.

Deeply engaged with cultural traditions and the land, indigenous artists over the centuries have used art to represent and preserve their ways of life. Even during the 19th and 20th centuries, when drastic changes were brought by colonization, artists brilliantly.

UC Davis Design Museum
University of California, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA, 95616

Red Dress: Design Stories For Heart Health
January 15, 2015 - March 13, 2015

The Red Dress® is the national symbol for raising awareness of heart disease as the leading killer of women. Cardiovascular disease kills a woman every minute, more than all cancers combined, yet is largely preventable through the adoption of healthy lifestyles.

In 2010, the Department of Design entered into a unique partnership with the UC Davis Women’s Cardiovascular Medicine Program to campaign for women’s heart health awareness. This exhibition showcases 18 red dresses from the UC Davis Red Dress Collection created by design students.

To bring a sense of social consciousness to design, these red dresses are visual interpretations of this important health issue. From textile details to fitting silhouettes, the designs are unique but united in their beauty and use of the color red in educating women of all ages about heart disease and encouraging them to practice prevention.

Working together, design and medicine can empower both humanity and science to fight this number-one killer of women in the United States.

This is a joint project of the UC Davis Design Collection and the UC Davis Women’s Cardiovascular Program. The Red Dress is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

University of Alberta Museums
116 Street and 85 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Lois Hole, the Queen of Hugs
October 23, 2014 to March 22, 2015

The exhibition Lois Hole, the Queen of Hugs is dedicated to the life and legacy of Lois Hole (January 30, 1929 – January 6, 2005). A recipient of numerous honours and awards, gardening expert and successful businesswoman, best-selling author and education advocate, giver of hugs and high-ranking public official, Lois Hole was one of Alberta’s most beloved citizens. Well-recognized for her roles as Lieutenant Governor of the province and Chancellor of the University of Alberta, Lois Hole was also known and loved for her warm personality. The selection of garments and accessories on display speaks to who Lois Hole truly was: a woman of wide-ranging roles and meaningful experiences. Like her, many outfits are casual and down-to-earth, and reflect a clothing philosophy of practicality and comfort. Lois Hole’s family generously donated her favourite casual and dressy outfits to the Clothing and Textiles Collection, Department of Human Ecology. Items of her clothing, jewelry, and photographs from the Clothing and Textiles Collection featured in the exhibition will enrich visitors’ experiences and help to create a personal connection with the memory of Lois Hole.


Wedding Traditions in Ukraine


Unwrapping the Mysteries of a 2000-year-old Mummy

Ventura County Museum of History & Art
100 East Main Street, Ventura, CA, 93001, USA
805-653-0323 x. 20

Permanent collections include:

  • The George Stuart Collection of Historical Figures®, one-fourth scale figurative sculptures of famous individuals from world history. The figures include amazing reproductions of authentic historical costumes.
  • Baskets and other objects from the local Chumash Indians, as well as artifacts from other Native American cultures outside the county.
  • Clothing and accessories from the 18th century to the present, and textiles such as quilts and other household linens, flags and banners.


CSA Western Region member author

Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design