Kimono Couture: The Beauty of Chiso

November 7, 2020 to January 31, 2021

The first ever exhibition outside Japan of historic and contemporary kimonos from the collection of Chiso—the distinguished Kyoto-based kimono house founded in 1555—will include 14 kimonos from the mid-1600s to 2000s. Also on display will be an original, handcrafted contemporary wedding kimono specially commissioned by the Worcester Art Museum with motifs inspired by New England foliage and the seven hills of Worcester. This kimono will feature new and traditional design and fabrication techniques—some of which are now practiced by only a few remaining artisans.

Kimono Couture gives a rare and up-close look at the intricacy, character, and artistry of kimono design and fabrication in one of Japan’s most exclusive kimono houses.




Worcester Art Museum

55 Salisbury Street,
Worcester, MA 01609
Phone: +1-508-799-4406