Fashion and the Henry

Did you know that the Henry has over 18,000 pieces in our Textiles and Costumes collection? Our extensive collection includes objects that range in date from 1500 BCE to the present. In particular, the collection affords historic overviews of early Coptic and pre-Columbian textiles; rugs; European fabrics; lace; and fashion from the late 18th century to the present. The holdings include significant sub-collections from India, China, Japan, Central Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Central America.

Collections in Focus: On Fashion:
Friday, March 16th, 7-8:30 pm
Reed Collections Study Center
RSVP to Rachael Faust, Assistant Curator of Collections & Academic Programs,

This Friday, as part of our Collections in Focus series, we will host a talk on fashion. Sarah Nash Gates, Costume Designer and Executive Director of the School of Drama at UW, and Rebecca Kaufman, co-owner of the Seattle-based costume company Period Corsets will give presentations highlighted by the Henry’s collection. Nash Gates will examine tailoring, construction details, and silhouettes of historic costumes; Kaufman will address the role of corsets in body shape modification.

Eternity in a Ruffle:
Thursday, March 15th,  7pm
Henry Auditorium

The Henry Art Gallery in partnership with Seattle Arts and Lectures will present a class Eternity in a Ruffle: Fashion in Art, Art in Fashion. The last lecture will take place tomorrow at the Henry Art Gallery Auditorium. The class will be led by our Curator of Collections, Judy Sourakli, and Sandra Kroupa,  Book Arts and Rare Book Curator in Special Collections at Suzzallo/Allen Library. Both will share and discuss objects from the Henry Art Gallery and Special Collections relevant to the course.

In the meantime, check out the Henry’s Costume and textile collection in our Digital Interactive Gallery HERE.

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