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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

Lines on the Horizon: Native American Art form the Weisel Family Collection
May 3, 2013 - January 4, 2015

Lines on the Horizon highlights Native American art from the collection of the Thomas W. Weisel Family. Spanning more than 1,000 years of artistic creativity, the exhibition will focus on the indigenous arts of the American Southwest, featuring 11th-century Mimbres ceramics alongside masterful classic Navajo weavings from the mid to late 19th century and 20th-century works by recognized artists such as the ceramicist Nampeyo of Hano Pueblo. Singular pieces from the Northwest Coast and the first Plains ledger drawings to enter the permanent collection will also be shown. The artworks, carefully chosen over 30 years of collecting, reflect an emerging sense that, through close visual and technical analysis, it may be possible to identify the styles of specific individuals who created these diverse works. Even if we may never know their names, we can still celebrate their works of art as expressions of personal and communal worldviews.

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

Designing Hollywood: Sketches from the Christian Esquevin Collection
June 11 – November 1, 2014

An exhibition of rare Hollywood costume sketches form the collection of Christian Esquevin, author of Adrian: Silver Screen to Custom Label. Featuring work of Walter Plunkett, Irene, Travilla, and many other costume designers and costume illustrators, Designing Hollywood offers a glimpse into the Golden Age of Hollywood costume design.


8th Annual Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design
July 22 - September 20, 2014

For the eighth year, this annual exhibition celebrates the art and artistry of Primetime Emmy Nominated Costume Designers and Costume Supervisors. Including costumes from a variety of television genres, the exhibition is organized by guest curator Mary Rose, costume designer and member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Costume Design & Supervision Peer Group.


Bound to Impress: Corsets from The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection

For centuries, corsets contorted the female figure into the reigning ideal. Bound to Impress: Corsets from The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection highlights these unnatural fashions between the 1760s and the 1820s. Whether conically shaped with rigid backs and flattened breasts or rounded hourglasses with sloped shoulders and clinched waistlines, garment silhouettes followed the dictates of these concealed undergarments. This exhibition covers sixty years—from the Ancien Régime, through the French Revolution, during the age of Napoléon, to the era of British Romanticism.

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

International Inspiration: The Donald and Joan Damask Collection
June 26 – November 1, 2014

Resides of Newport Beach, Ca, Donald and Joan Damask have devoted their lives to creating and collecting outstanding design. Their professional lives have focused on luxury marketing and fashion; their collecting vision serves as inspiration for this work and resonates with their shared personal aesthetic. Included in their gift are over 75 pieces of vintage clothing and world dress; seminal photographs by high-fashion photographers Willy Maywald (1907-85) and Horst P. Horst (1906-99); over 80 photographs, sketches, and books by artist-aesthete Cecil Beaton (1904-80), and theatrical designs by Erté (1892-1990).

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

The Yaqui Masks of Carlos Castaneda
May 4 - August 17, 2014

With long beards cascading from their chins and hair sometimes falling over their eyes, the painted and etched wood masks by the Yaqui (Yoeme) of northern Mexico are haunting, humorous, playful, and arresting. Fowler in Focus: The Yaqui Masks of Carlos Castaned a showcases the collection of Yaqui pahko'ola masks and rattles field collected in the 1960s by former UCLA scholar Carlos Castaneda. The exhibition includes video and photographs that provide an opportunity to see the masks in context and in performances during pahk'ola rituals, which take place throughout the year, including for important ceremonies.


Yards of Style, African-Print Cloths of Ghana
Opening August 24, 2014

Eye-catching cloths from the Fowler's collection explore international visual vocabularies, changing style preferences, and the ever-increasing tensions of the global marketplace.


Embroidery as Activism in Post-Apartheid South Africa
September 7 - December 7, 2014

This exhibition in the Goldenberg Galleria explores how women from two creative collectives — the Mapula Embroidery Project outside Pretoria and Kaross Workers in Tzaneen — have used embroidery to comment on current affairs and other issues that impact their communities.


Textiles of Timor, Island in the Woven Sea
September 7, 2014 - January 4, 2015

Women on the island of Timor weave some of the most colorful and varied textiles in Southeast Asia. These cloths are a primary vehicle of cultural expression, and they continue to be made, used, and exchanged in ways that reveal deep social, religious, historical, and political meanings. Textiles of Timor, Island in the Woven Sea is the first major exhibition to focus on Timor’s rich textile arts. It showcases fifty beautifully dyed and intricately patterned cloths, including many from the Fowler Museum, which maintains one of the world’s most complete and best-documented collection of Timorese textiles. The exhibition integrates material from West Timor, which is a part of Indonesia, and the new nation of Timor-Leste (East Timor). While the recent tragic history of the region has promoted separate identities for the two halves of the island, this project highlights shared themes that are important in the lives of people of all of the diverse cultural groups on both sides of the border.

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

Fifty Years of Quiltmaking: The Schlotterback Project
July 2 – October 5, 2014

Josie Teeter (1882-1974) grew up around sewing and quilt making. At about 17 years of age, she moved away from home to nearby Ellis, Kansas, to become a seamstress. Her mother, Mary Teeter Salters, sent letters and quilt blocks to Josie. Later Mary and her husband moved to Ellis where Josie and Mary continued making quilts together.

Josie’s legacy includes colorful -cotton quilts, utility comforters made of -suiting samples in dark colors useful for daily wear, as well as a few crazy quilts. A professional seamstress, Josie left behind many wonderful examples of her work including twenty-two completed pieces. However, she also left behind eighteen unfinished quilt tops, some clearly intended for utility use, others with more intricate piecing and tiny bits of cloth sewn into vibrant works of art.

The Schlotterback Project was undertaken to finish twelve of the unfinished quilt tops. The exhibit includes Josie’s sewing trunk and sewing aids, including quilt blocks, patterns and other memorabilia.


Wishes Through Our Hands — Japanese Quilts
July 2 - October 5, 2014

Quiltmaking is converting our wishes into tangible form through the use of our hands. When we begin any sort of creation, we are filled with thoughts and ideas, and we devise a process of forming them. It must be the most inspiring and exciting moment of the process. It is utterly so when we are planning a quilt to be made. It starts with pouring our wish and mind in the quilt for someone we care, for our own dreams, or for serving our society. Three years ago when the Tsunami attacked East Japan and washed away family members, homes and jobs, the American and Japanese people sent nearly 9,000 quilts to the survivors to keep them warm and comfort them. At the same time, instead of giving quilts to them, there was a "quilt making activity" started by a young volunteer group in order to encourage the mind-lost women still in temporary houses. Our quilt group gladly joined the group to support them with a belief that it will inspire those women so that they will find a joy of creation and find hope and dream for their future. This exhibit features some of these quilts.


Works of Junko Maeda
July 2 - October 5, 2014

Feeling deeply pitiful for the forgotten and discarded cotton fabrics in Japan, Junko has been working on preserving them. For hundreds of years, cotton fabrics had been preciously and broadly used for common people's bedding called "Futon" and working jackets called "Hanten" until synthetic textiles were introduced. She collected the fabrics from north to south and made countless miniature Futon and Hanten in one sixth of the normal size.

Junko Maeda has been working with Japanese natural fiber textiles such as silk, linen and cotton, for nearly forty-five years. They are used not only in quilts but in piece works, clothing, Sashiko works, etc. In the past several years, she has been inspired by handicraft called "Pojagi." Pojagi is Korean women’s traditional patchwork handed down from mother to daughter in the family. Traditionally, a woman used scraps, worn fabrics, swatches collected from each member of the family and made pojagi, giving her whole mind in her work for the purpose of unifying the family and wishing them everlasting wealth and happiness. Junko traveled to Korea several times and made a research in material fabric called ramie and traditional Pojagi. She has interpreted the construction, color and the beauty of Pojagi to her own style and created new art works which are displayed in this museum.

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

Smocking: Fabric Manipulation and Beyond
March 18 - October 4, 2014

This exhibit acknowledges smocking as having a vital role in the development of what we wear and our need to create beauty in these same objects. It is organized around three themes: historical and cultural, contemporary, conceptual.


Mommy and Me: A Century of Children’s Dress
May 3 – September 6, 2014

Once upon a time, the silhouette for small boys, girls and infants was feminine and followed the fashions of their mothers. To us, it’s hard to believe that once little boys wore dresses, skirts, even lace edged pantaloons, but they did! Children’s clothes were variations of women’s styles, sometimes up to date styles were predominate and sometimes children wore styles that were decades out of date for adults. Mommy & Me is a look at more than a century of children’s and women’s clothing to appreciate the various ways women’s costume influenced children’s fashions.

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

Kimono for a Modern Age, 1900–1960
July 5 - October 19, 2014

A blend of the traditional and the modern characterized life and dress during Japan's Meiji (1868–1912), Taishō (1912–1926) and Shōwa (1926–1989) periods. During the early 20th century, a majority of Japanese women continued to wear traditional kimono. But, as demonstrated in the exhibition, the kimono evolved to reflect the introduction of vibrant synthetic colors, new modes of textile production, and bold abstract and figurative design motifs, often inspired by Western art movements and important current events, such as space exploration.

Kimono for a Modern Age features more than 30 captivating examples from LACMA’s permanent collection exhibited for the first time.


Princely Traditions and Colonial Pursuits in India
Ahmanson Building, Level 4
August 10, 2013 - October 12, 2014

South Asian artistic traditions were dramatically transformed by the political, social, and economic changes that accompanied India’s passage from native to colonial rule in the nineteenth century. Artists formerly employed by Indian princes came to work for English officials and merchant elites, adjusting their practices to suit their new patrons’ tastes. English artists and expatriates introduced new genres and pictorial styles to India, while foreign demand for Indian luxury items brought about aesthetic transformations in textiles, silver, and other goods. The exhibition explores a complex and fascinating visual history, and brings together rarely-seen artworks from LACMA’s South and Southeast Asian, Costume and Textiles, and European Painting and Sculpture Departments.

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.


African Art from the Mary Johnston Collection
August 9 - November 15, 2014

African Art from the Mary Johnston Collectionfeatures masks, sculptures and other objects from the people groups who populate West Africa, including the Yoruba (Nigeria/Benin), the Bambara and Dogon (Mali), the Bobo (Burkina Faso) and others. Originally from The Dalles, Mary Johnston now resides in Florence, Oregon. She inherited these items from her brother, who acquired them in Berlin in the early 1970s. Johnston has spent the last two decades of her life studying and sharing the collection. The exhibition is produced with curatorial assistance from the Hallie Ford Museum of Art and sponsored by Laura and John Cheney.

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!


The Smallest of Worlds
October 9, 2013 - August 31, 2014

This fall, the Oakland Museum of California unveils a selection of intricate dioramas from the collection of celebrated San Francisco artist Rex May. Possibly best known for designing the iconic 49-Mile Scenic Drive sign, Rex May had a great effect on the popularization of Latin American folk art, with a collection of over 1,400 Peruvian, Brazilian, Nicaraguan, and Mexican pieces. The four dioramas on display capture everyday Mexican street scenes such as a flower market and a cantina, with figures created by the Aguilar family, artisans from Oaxaca. The dollhouse-like pieces portray fleeting moments in a truly unique and nostalgic way, evoking a playfulness that brings the depicted figures, buildings, and objects to life. The installation in OMCA's Gallery of California Art is inspired by the unique aesthetic of Rex May's home, in which these dioramas were displayed amongst his vast collection of artwork.

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.

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

International TECHstyle Art Biennial 3 (ITAB)
July 26 – November 9, 2014

Returning for its third incarnation, ITAB is a juried exhibition of work by artists merging fiber medi­a with new information and communication technologies in their artistic processes, as a medium of artistic expression, and/or in the content of their work. This year jurors Louise Lemieux Bérubé, Patricia Malarcher, and Michael James brought their expert consideration and aesthetic to select work from a new pool of national and international entries.

As a part of their technical and artistic processes artists use techniques of digital jacquard weaving, digital printing, digital photography, manipulation of imagery using various computer programs, laser engraving, or computerized embroidery. As in previous years, some of the work is low tech while creating interesting themes and ideas about the technological world that we live in. ITAB showcases the tools of technology that allow artists to further their artistic visions as they explore the possibilities and inventions of textile art in the 21st century.

Thirty-nine works are included by 36 artists from the United States, Canada, Finland, France, Hungary, Lithuania, New Zealand, and South Korea.


Vel Garrick: Conversational Watercolor Quilts
July 26 – November 9, 2014

Vel Garrick: Conversational Watercolor Quilts is the first exhibition of the unique work from self-taught and emerging artist Vel Garrick. Instead of using typical floral prints to design the nuanced gradations of color, Garrick uses conversational prints and novelty fabrics to creating charming supersized florals, landscapes or scenes. From a distance, the whole piece is observed, but up close, the details and juxtaposition of images are dizzying and magical. Betty Boop, Spaceman, dragons, princesses, and thousands of other cartoon-like pictures combine to form color fields, which make a dynamic whole—the artist vision of an original artist.


Forming Our Lives
July 26 – September 14, 2014

In the exhibit Forming Our Lives, three women recount personal stories that have affected and continue to shape their lives. Bonnie J. Smith found herself literally swimming upstream in her life after a work related injury forced her to use a wheel chair. Carol Larson was surgically shortened six inches as a teenager to make her a better fit for society. Cristina Velazquez’s work questions the world that says, “Women must be and do certain things.” The artwork they have created continually asks the question, “Why do certain situations happen in our lives and how do we overcome them?” and gives insight into how three women have answered those hard questions.

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

DECO JAPAN: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920-1945
May 10 - October 19, 2014

Showcasing the spectacular craftsmanship and sophisticated design associated with both Japan and Art Deco style, this exhibition is the first in the U.S. to explore a little-a brand of pre-WWII modernism borne of competitive ingenuity and vivacious cosmopolitanism. Curated by Dr. Kendall Brown, Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920–1945 subtly conveys the complex social and cultural tensions in Japan during the Taisho and early Showa periods through dramatically designed examples of metalwork, ceramics, lacquer, glass, furniture, jewelry, sculpture and evocative ephemera such as sheet music, posters, postcards, prints and photography. The vitality of the era is further expressed through the theme of the moga ("modern girl") — an emblem of contemporary urban chic that flowered briefly, along with the Art Deco style, in the 1920s and 30s.

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

Design by Design 2014 Juried Student Design Competition
April 11 - June 5, 2014

The Design Museum displays current UC Davis design students work in order to highlight the breadth, talent and diversity of the Department of Design. This is a juried exhibition. This competition is sponsored by the Birgitta and Helge Olson Design Award and the UC Davis Design Museum.

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

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.

George Sturart Historical Figures: Diamonds
May 3 – August 24, 2014

A dazzling exhibition featuring the largest private collection of diamond replicas by Scott Sucher and exquisitely detailed Historical Figures by George Stuart.


CSA Western Region member author

Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design