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Kimono: Refashioning Contemporary Style

June 28–September 15, 2019

Ticketed. Free for Cincinnati Art Museum Members

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Explore fashion from the 1870s to the present day alongside kimono, prints, paintings and textiles.

Kimono: Refashioning Contemporary Style celebrates the enduring influence of the kimono on fashion. Inspired by materials, forms and decorative motifs since the opening of Japan in the mid-nineteenth century, western fashion designers, alongside other artists, have produced works that acknowledge a Japanese persuasion. Organized in partnership with the Kyoto Costume Institute and Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, this exhibition displays Japanese kimono side by side with western fashionable garments from the 1870s to today. Featured designers include Gabrielle Chanel, John Galliano, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Iris van Herpen, Issey Miyake and Rei Kawakubo—plus over a dozen examples from CAM’s permanent collection.

Members: Free | General public: $10

Seniors: $5 | College students: $5

Children (6–17): $5 | Children under 5: FREE

Public tours will take place every Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. for the length of the exhibition. See calendar for full list of events

Cynthia Amneus, Chief Curator and Curator of Fashion Arts and Textiles

Cynthia Amneus has more than twenty years of experience in her field. She received her B.A. from Edgecliff College of Xavier University and her M.A. from Illinois State University in textiles and fibers. She has lectured throughout the United States and published in various scholarly journals such as the Journal of the American Institute of Conservation, The Journal for the American Society of Jewelry Historians, and the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion on a variety of fashion and textile topics. In 2004 she won the Victorian Society of America’s Ruth Emery Publication Award for A Separate Sphere: Dressmakers in Cincinnati’s Golden Age, 1877-1922. Amnéus also curated and authored the accompanying catalog for Wedded Perfection: 200 Years of Wedding Gowns (2010). She has curated traveling exhibitions, including High Style: 20th Century Masterworks from the Brooklyn Costume Collection (2015) and Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion (2018) and guest curated exhibitions for the Textile Museum, Washington D. C. and the Crow Museum of Asian Art in Dallas



Presented by: 

Huntington     Joseph Toyota     Wacoal


Generously supported by: 

Japan Foundation New York