2013 / Thru Mar 10 / Pacific Asia Museum/ 20th century Kimono

PAM Kimono Exhibition

In Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, “Kimono in the 20th Century” exhibition will close Sunday, March 10.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how modern design influenced this traditional garment in the mid-20th century. Make the most of your final visit to the exhibition with these resources:

This Sunday, March 3 at 2 pm, learn more about trends in modern design at a panel with FIDM’s Sharon Cohen and Dr. Teresa Morales, who will discuss the broad influence of American and European modern design.


Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena is exhibiting Kimono in the 20th Century from March 30 through March 10, 2013.

This exhibition features a 2008 gift from the June Tsukamoto-Lyon collection, which provided breadth and further quality to Pacific Asia Museum’s already substantial collection.

Kimono in the exhibition run from the most formal reserved for very special occasions to children’s clothing, undergarments and light summer wear.

Fabric patterns in the kimono range from deep black with reserve details in white, to Op-art that dazzles the eyes, with each garment giving a strong sense of the wearer’s taste, the modes of contemporary fashion, or requirements of the season in which the kimono was worn.

This exhibition will rotate halfway through, giving visitors the chance to see a new set of kimono and accessories in the fall.

Kimono in the 20th Century

March 30, 2012 through March 10, 2013

In the Frank and Toshie Mosher Gallery of Japanese Art

Pacific Asia Museum

46 North Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101


The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. Admission is $10 general, $7 students/seniors, and free for museum members and children under 11.

Admission is free every 4th Friday of the month.

Related Events

All events are free to members and included with museum admission for non-members, unless noted otherwise.

Curator’s Tour:  Saturday, April 14, 2012, 2:00 pm

Hollis Goodall, guest curator of Kimono in the 20th Century, will take viewers to an inside look at this beautiful tradition. Goodall is Curator of Japanese Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Free Family Festival – Cherry Tree Century: Sunday, April 22, 2012, Noon -4:00 pm

For celebrating the hundredth anniversary of Japan’s gift of over 3,000 cherry trees to the U.S. capital, Pacific Asia Museum will present a free family festival with Japanese arts, performances, and cultural activities.

Kimono Textile Demonstration: May 20, 2012, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Master artist Setsuko Hayashi demonstrates the classic yuzen and shibori dyeing techniques as featured in the fabrics of Kimono in the 20th Century. In Japanese and English.

Kimono Textile Workshop: May 20, 2012, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Create your own silk scarf using the shibori tie-dyeing technique. In Japanese and English. $5 materials fee; advanced registration required. Visit the museum’s website or call (626) 449-2742 ext. 19 for more details.

Kimono Demonstration: June 10, 2012, 2:00 pm

Following a presentation on the basics of kimono, Naomi Onizuka dresses on-stage models in a variety of styles, illuminating the often hidden artistry that goes into properly wearing kimono. Select audience members will then have the opportunity to be professionally attired in a yukata style. Reservations are required to participate in the dressing activity; contact (626) 449-2742 ext. 19 for more details.