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Shades of Indigo: The Kimono-Blue Jeans Connection, with Ann Marie Moeller

  • Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan 1150 18th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20036 United States (map)

Lecture - Shades of Indigo: The Kimono-Denim Jeans Connection, with Ann Marie Moeller 

Presented by the Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan

Join us at the JICC for the final lecture in the series held in conjunction with our current exhibition, "Indigo Threads /藍・つむぐ: Weaving Japanese Craftsmanship & American Heritage."

History, economics, and aesthetics unique to Japan created an environment where cotton denim, first widely used for American jeans, became a highly appreciated commodity in Japan. Lecturer Ann Marie Moeller, a Japanese textile scholar, will explore influences that range from samurai edicts to sophisticated kimono fashions to illuminate the Japanese attraction to denim jeans. 

About the Presenter

Ann Marie Moeller is a Japanese textile scholar and independent curator who has collected kimono since her student years at Harvard. She was Consulting Curator for the recent exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Kimono and Obi: Romantic Echoes from Japan's Golden Age, which is also featured in Google's Arts & Culture online exhibitions. She lectures nationally for a wide variety of institutions including the Smithsonian Institution, the Asia Society, the Textile Museum, the Japan Foundation, and the Japan Information & Culture Cetnter, Embassy of Japan. She is the main author of Reading Kimono: Nature Symbols and Motifs on Japanese Kimono published by Schiffer. Ann Marie has also curated exhibits for the Kennedy Center, the International Monetary Fund, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, and the Japan Information & Culture Ceter, Embassy of Japan.


This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required for security purposes

Program begins at 6:30 PM. Doors open 30 minutes prior.

No admission or re-entry will be permitted after 7:00 PM.

Registered guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive early as seating is limited and registration does not guarantee guests a seat.

Earlier Event: June 26
Concert: Vladimír Merta
Later Event: June 27
REMIX Nights: K-Style