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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.
The Autry National Center
4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462, USA
Katsina in Hopi Life
Through December 31, 2013
This exhibition features remarkable Katsina dolls from the Autry’s Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, provides a glimpse into Hopi life and culture. Katsinam (the plural form of Katsina) are spiritual beings who represent all aspects of life and travel to be with the Hopi people six months of the year. Told from the Hopi perspective, this exhibition shares the unique relationship the Hopi people have with the Katsinam, focusing on the values, lessons, and encouraging messages learned from them.
1525 Bernice Street, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96817, USA
HI Fashion: The Legacy of Alfred Shaheen
November 9, 2012 - February 4, 2013
The groundbreaking aloha wear designs of Alfred Shaheen are returning to their birthplace of Honolulu for an exhibit at Bishop Museum. This exhibition tells the story of how a Honolulu-based designer elevated the aloha shirt to the world of high fashion and made aloha wear a clothing trend that is here to stay.
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA, 92706, USA
CUT! Costume and the Cinema
December 15 - March 10, 2013
Discover the glamour, luxury and artistry of cinematic couture in this exhibition from the renowned British costumer, Cosprop Ltd and organized by Exhibits Development Group. Forty-three costumes worn by 30 actors in 25 different films attest to the sumptuous fabrics, lavish lace and embroidery, unparalleled craftsmanship and creativity, and the essential ingredient costumes play in the authenticity of a period film. Many of the costumes have won major awards including Oscars from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and BAFTAs from the British Association of Film and Television Arts.
Visitors to the exhibition will be transported from fairy tale England (Angelica Huston, Ever After) to colonial Virginia (Colin Farrell, The New World) to 18th-century England (Keira Knightley, The Duchess) and to 19th-century Paris – fantastic and opulent – (Emmy Rossum, The Phantom of the Opera). They will enjoy the fashions of the early 20th century – of World War I Italy (Sandra Bullock, In Love and War), of seedy Shanghai in the 1930s (Natasha Richardson and Ralph Fiennes, The White Countess) and of World War II Belarus (Daniel Craig, Defiance).
de Young Museum
Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA, 94118, USA
Rudolf Nureyev: A Life in Dance
October 6, 2012 – February 17, 2013
This special exhibition is dedicated to the life and work of the legendary dancer and choreographer Rudolf Nureyev (1938–1993). It will showcase more than 80 costumes and 50 photographs from the dancer’s personal collection, entrusted to the Centre national du costume de scène, France, by the Rudolf Nureyev Foundation, and will incorporate key loans from active ballet companies.
The Soviet-born Nureyev was a rising star in his native country before he defected to France in 1961. He was soon recognized worldwide as the most magnificent and charismatic dancer of his time. Incredibly driven, he traveled the world to work with leading figures in the dance world in order to absorb their techniques and to promote Soviet dance. Nureyev loved sumptuous shows and was particular about his costumes, often imposing changes and improvements. The costumes on view expose the wear and tear of daily use, bearing witness to the lives and bodies of Nureyev and his partners Margot Fonteyn, Noella Pontois and so many others.
Link to the exhibition page
The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising/Museum & Galleries
919 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, USA
21st Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design
February 12–April 27, 2013
On view will be actual costumes from movies released in 2012, including 2012 Academy Award® Winner for Best Costume, The Artist.
Accessories from The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection
This is one of two current exhibits drawn from Helen Larson’s exceptional private collection. Surveying footwear, fans, gloves, purses, and hats, these objects demonstrate Helen Larson’s acquisition prowess and appreciation of fashion history. From a pair of 1860s men’s floral Berlin woolwork slippers to a 1930s crimson reptile skin handbag, the importance of adornment is not lost on the viewer of this visually striking installation.
Fowler Museum at UCLA
308 Charles E. Young Drive North
Los Angeles, CA, 90095, USA
Resplendent Dress from Southeastern Europe: A History in Layers
March 10– July 14, 2013
In the past, girls in rural southeastern Europe spent their childhoods weaving, sewing, and
embroidering festive dress so that when they reached puberty they could join the Sunday afternoon village
dances garbed in resplendent attire. These extremely colorful and intensely worked garments were often
adorned with embroidery, lace, metallic threads, coins, sequins, beads, and, perhaps most importantly, fringe.
A symbolic element, the fringe provides a reminder that the original string skirt was a marker of fertility and has
carried this meaning for more than twenty-thousand years. Over time, new forms of dress were added bit-by-bit
to that simple string skirt, so that by 1900, a southeastern European village woman’s apparel consisted of millennia
of layered history. With a glance at her, the onlooker could read not only her marital status but also her religion,
wealth, textile skills, and more. By emphasizing these traits, and not just her physical beauty, a girl presented
herself and was chosen as a bride.
Resplendent Dress from Southeastern Europe features fifty stunning nineteenth- through twentieth-century
ensembles from Macedonia, Croatia, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Serbia, Hungary, the
Slovak Republic, the Czech Republic, Montenegro, and Romania?nearly all from the Fowler’s excellent
collection?plus one hundred individual items including aprons, vests, jackets, and robes. These fascinating
ensembles are displayed in an immersive environment that evokes the distinctive mountain landscape in
which villagers gathered in their finery.
Lacis Museum of Lace & Textiles
2982 Adeline Street, Berkeley, California, 94703, USA
The Asuit Cloth:The Opening of the Second Floor Gallery
From March 2012
Discovering Asuit cloths can be a mesmerizing experience. There is a magic in these shawls as if some secret code is embedded in the patterns, which at first seem regular and repetitive and then to notice all the subtle variations and the wonder of whether this was intentional, a way to identify the maker, or simply a reflection of the skill or lack of skill, of the maker.
Treasures of the Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles
September 22, 2012 – February 2, 2013
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Costume and Textiles Online
Stitching Worlds: Mola Art of the Kuna
April 15, 2012 – April 14, 2013
The Kuna people occupy the coral-reef archipelago flanking Panama’s eastern coast in an autonomous
indigenous region called the Comarca of San Blas or Kuna yala (Kuna land). They developed a unique art
form constructed from layers of cloth, cut and stitched into extraordinary designs, called molas. Created
and worn by the Kuna women as part of their everyday garments, the molas, along with headcloths and
jewelry, mark Kuna cultural identity. Today molas form part of the Kuna’s economic livelihood, as 20th
century collectors became fascinated with their colorful and intricately crafted design.
Unveiling Femininity in Indian Painting and Photography
August 11, 2012 – July 28, 2013
This installation considers the depiction of women and femininity in Indian court paintings and photographs from the 17th to the 19th century. Women are ofen presented as archetypes inspired by characters in Indian literature and poetry, such as the devoted heroine, or nayika, who anxiously awaits the return of her lover in the Rasikapriya (The Connoisseur's Delights), or the ragini, a female personification of the classical Indian musical modes of the Ragamala (Garland of Melodies).
Maryhill Museum of Art
35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale, WA, USA
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, USA
Coming to California in the Gallery of California History
May 1, 2010 - December 2, 2013
Containing some 3,000 artifacts and art works, the new Gallery features sections that explore the history of California from the incredible diversity of early Native American culture, to the Gold Rush and growth of San Francisco, through the rise of Los Angeles and Hollywood, to the tumultuous decades of the 1960s and 1970. The displays include costumes such as the Saltillo Sarapé in the "Mexican" section, the Worth gown in the "San Francisco, Glorious City of the West" display, and the Chinese workman's shirt in the "Paper Sons" exhibit.
Read the Museum's blog: Caring for our Costumes
Phoenix Art Museum
1000 Oak St. at 10th & Oak Streets (Lake Merritt Bart Station on the Fremont Line), 1625 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85004-1685, USA
Modern Spirit: Fashion of the 1920s
September 22, 2012 – February 10, 2013
The 1920s have become synonymous with flappers and freedom, bobbed hair and Black Friday, speakeasies and shorter hemlines. Modern Spirit: 1920s Fashion and Design, the next fashion exhibition at Phoenix Art Museum, presents a unique look beyond those familiar images, as it captures the modern spirit of the decade’s livable fashion, the evolution of clothing and accessories as an expression of freedom, intellectualism, sexuality and athleticism in this decade that marked the beginning of the modern age. This exhibition presents more than 40 ensembles by designers such as Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel and Madeliene Vionnet, and a flood of accessories capturing the freedom, creativity and expression of this colorful and vibrant decade.
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library
140 Presidential Drive
Simi Valley, California 93065, USA
805-577-4066 ext 74066
D23 Presents Treasurers of the Walt Disney Archives
July 6, 2012 – April 2013
At 12,000 square feet, this is the largest exhibition ever curated by the Walt Disney Archives and the largest temporary exhibit ever housed at the Reagan Library. From Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and Mickey Mouse to Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain America, the exhibition features more than 500 artifacts from nearly nine decades of Disney history – over 50% of which have never been seen by the public – including models, props, costumes, set pieces and artwork from throughout Disney history.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org about a Western Region meet-up at this exhibition in March 2013.
Royal Alberta Museum
12845 102 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T5N 0M6 Canada
INUUJAQ: Dolls of the Canadian Arctic
November 27, 2012 - April 28, 2013
This exhibition explores the colourful tradition of Inuit doll-making. "Inuujaq" (In-oo-yak) in Inuktitut means "resembles a person". Some of the dolls in this exhibition have been modeled after real people. Others depict clothing or tools used by the doll makers, their parents or grandparents.
Parkas, pants, mittens and kamiks (boots) are cut, sewn and embellished in the same way as traditional garments. Made with great care and an eye for authentic detail, these dolls embody cherished cultural values and are often made from seal skin, caribou hide, muskrat fur, musk ox hair, sic sic (ground squirrel) fur, arctic hare fur, wolf, leather, stone, wood, antler and fabric. The clothing often reflects the clothing of the communities they are from. The heads of the dolls may be of leather, stone, fabric or wood.
The exhibition features 80 dolls from 19 Inuit communities. Although the Inuit have fashioned dolls for centuries, most of the dolls in this exhibition were never intended to be used as toys for children. They are part of a larger trade in souvenirs.
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, USA
Folk Indian Textiles from the collection of Carol Summers
February 12 – April 28, 2013
This unique exhibition of fifty objects demonstrates the wealth and breadth of the Folk Indian textile tradition. It showcases a wide variety of decorated textiles, created with brightly colored patchwork, embroidery, applique, tie dye, block printing, painted cloth, quilting textiles, hand weaving, and hand sewing to dramatic effect.
Seattle Asian Art Museum
1400 East Prospect Street, Volunteer Park, Seattle, WA, 98112, USA
Future Beauty: Thirty Years of Japanese Fashion
June 27 – September 8, 2013
The leading Japanese designers who initially gained recognition in the West were Kenzo Takada and Issey Miyake in the 1970s, but it is in the 1980s that Japanese designers emerged with an entirely new aesthetic. In the summer of 1983, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto launched a stark new aesthetic at the Paris runway shows. Based on monochrome black and white, they presented asymmetric and at times artfully perforated designs, which loosely skimmed the female silhouette. Recognized as a radical counterproposal to Western notions of the fitted gown, their designs gained instant notoriety.
Curated by Akiko Fukai, director of the Kyoto Costume Institute, the exhibition showcases the early emphasis on light and shadow, and the increasingly diverse ultramodern designs that range from the deconstruction and reinvention of Western couture models to wildly revolutionary designs that draw from contemporary street fashion.
Eighty gowns will be featured, ranging from the classic to the outrageous, by celebrated designers such as Rei Kawakubo, Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake, Kenzo Takada, Junya Watanabe, Jun Takahashi and others, videos of runway shows, artist photographs, magazines and ephemera designed by renowned international artists like Gilbert and George and Cindy Sherman.
UC Davis Design Museum
University of California
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA, 95616, USA
Structures, Signifiers and Society: People and Textiles
January 22 – March 18, 2013
Featuring stunning examples from the UC Davis Design Collection, this exhibition of global ethnographic and contemporary textiles features more than fifty objects from the Design Collection. This exhibition demonstrates how the cultural significance of textiles is reflected in the fact that the great variety of them were produced using ancient skills, which today still interact with the most modern technologies. Even more remarkable given their relative fragility, many have survived to represent continuity and creativity throughout human history.
Contemporary examples are juxtaposed with earlier examples in categories that examine the human compulsion to engage with texture, colour and storytelling. From identity to ingenuity, societies to environment, the viewer will see how textiles communicate through specific forms, structures and materials created and appreciated by people around the world.
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.
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
719 South King Street, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
Fashion: Workroom to Runway
August 10, 2012 – April 21, 2013
Asian Pacific Americans have helped shape the garment and fashion industry in many ways
from design, production to finished product. Now they are making their mark as innovative, successful and
respected figures in the garment and fashion industry.
Experience personal stories from early sewing schools and garment workers, to current designers in the limelight.
Get a taste for the creative process and hard work involved in this industry and see original designs by local and
national designers. Learn about issues on ethics and labor, stereotypes, ideals of beauty and the APA influence.