Monday, February 1, 2010
The Rochester newspaper, the Democrat and Chronicle, announced the new exhibit at the Memorial Art Gallery -- a nationwide touring exhibit of kimonos from the Montgomery Collection in Lugano, Switzerland. "Fashioning Kimono: Art Deco and Modernism in Japan" will be at the gallery from Jan 31 through April 4 and features 100 examples of traditional garments from the 1890s to the 1950s.
The opening exhibition party had a huge crowd and waiting lines for the timed admissions to the show. A volunteer in the gift shop estimated that over 1600 people came for the evening's events.
Although many of the visitors were dressed in their kimonos, I think this young man was a gallery volunteer. He said his attire was typical of that of a shogun's.
My blurry picture is from the ballroom, where people were enjoying dancing to music provided by Rochester Brass and Electric. The event also included sake tastings, tea tastings, jazz music, line dancers, origami demonstrations, ikebana demonstrations, and more.