Meridian International Center Presents the First Washington, D.C., Exhibition of Materials from the World’s Largest Silk Museum.

December 19, 2012
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WASHINGTON D.C. – On Friday, February 1, 2013, Meridian International Center will present Style in Silk: Tradition and Innovation in Chinese Fashion, a unique exhibition of silk art and fashion in Washington, D.C. This joint U.S.-Chinese cultural project marks the first time American audiences will experience materials from the textile study collection at the world’s largest silk museum in Hangzhou, China.

This presentation is the seventh in a series of exhibitions organized with Chinese partners over the last decade by Meridian’s Art for Cultural Diplomacy program. It is the second exhibit developed through Meridian’s American-Chinese Cultural Initiative, a public-private partnership between U.S. and Chinese businesses, non-profit cultural organizations, and government entities that strengthens and improves relations between the two nations.

Style in Silk is curated by Meridian International Center and the China National Silk Museum, with support from the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China. The Exhibition celebrates China’s time-honored tradition in silk art and will feature 62 silk costumes, paintings, and textiles. Viewers will learn about the materials, techniques, and aesthetics that characterize ancient and contemporary Chinese fashion, as well as appreciate couture clothing by world-renowned designers, such as NE•TIGER, Qi Gang, Qiu Haisuo, and Wu Haiyan.

The Exhibition will coincide with Meridian’s third-annual Lunar New Year celebration in cooperation with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Washington, D.C. According to Ambassador Stuart W. Holliday, Meridian President & CEO, “Although our two countries may differ in many areas, culture – a universally human phenomenon – is one place where we can find common ground; build genuine respect for one another; and turn mutual challenges into collaborative opportunities.”

Meridian’s American-Chinese Cultural Initiative, and shared projects such as the Style in Silk exhibition, play an integral role in fostering deeper understanding between the United States and China. Mr. Li Dongwen, Minister-Counselor for Culture at the Embassy of China, states “for more than ten years, Meridian International Center has worked closely with Chinese cultural organizations to develop innovative exhibitions and presentations that have been viewed by large audiences in China and the United States. Our friends at Meridian have a unique ability to identify projects that genuinely represent Chinese culture, while developing creative ways to present them to the American public. Style in Silk is another important step in bringing our two peoples closer together.”



Style in Silk: Tradition and Innovation in Chinese Fashion



February 1, 2013 – April 14, 2013
Wed-Sun, 2pm-5pm



Cafritz Galleries, White-Meyer House, Meridian International Center
1624 Crescent Place, NW | Washington D.C. 20009



The display will be free and open to the public



Lindsay Amini, Exhibitions Coordinator
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About Meridian International Center: Headquartered in Washington D.C., Meridian International Center is a leading non-partisan, public diplomacy institution dedicated to strengthening international understanding and global engagement. Meridian works with the U.S. State Department and U.S. embassies worldwide to create lasting international partnerships through leadership and cultural exchanges. Meridian also connects U.S. and foreign governments with the private sector to respond to global challenges and sustain impact.