19 March 2008

VCUQatar Presents Kimno Exhibition

VCUQatar presents the exhibition ‘Traditional Clothing in a Modern World; Contemporary Kimonos from Kyoto. The exhibition takes places from March 19 – April 19, 2008. A reception will be held on March 19 at 7.30pm.

‘Traditional Clothing in a Modern World’ is an educational endeavor designed to unlock the many myths surrounding the wearing of Kimono. Will there be Kimonos?  Yes, but our mission is to explore the cultural underpinnings of Japanese clothing.  Liza Dalby the American anthropologist states in her book "Kimono, Fashioning Culture” that every Kimono and Obi ensemble worn can and must take into account distinctions on each of the following dimensions: Life/Death, Gender, Formality or Occasion, Season, Age, Taste and Class.

“Ten years ago I became intrigued by the wonderful Japanese Kimono.  It became the inspiration for my own work but it was not until I began the research for this exhibition that I realized the wonders and intricacies of the Kimono.  Few of us as westerners understand the the experience of wearing Kimono or Wafuku.” said Sandra Wilkins, VCUQatar Fashion Design Area Coordinator.

The exhibition is scheduled from March 19 - April 19, 2008. The VCUQatar Gallery is open Sundays–Thursdays, 10:00 am–5:00 pm, or by prior appointment. A reception will be held at the gallery on February 5, 2008 at 7:30 pm.

For further information, please call VCUQatar on +974.492.7200 or Dr. J. Sokoly on +974.4826786, or email jsokoly@qatar.vcu.edu.

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