Style in Silk: Tradition and Innovation in Chinese Fashion

Jinyumantang Gown
Jinyumantang Gown
Design by NE∙TIGER
Embroidery on silk | 2012 | 175 x 56
Courtesy of the China National Silk Museum, Hangzhou

Meridian International Center presented 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 marked the first time American audiences experienced materials from the textile study collection at the China National Silk Museum—the world’s largest silk museum

The exhibition featured 62 silk costumes, paintings, and textiles. Viewers learned about the materials, techniques, and aesthetics that characterize ancient and contemporary Chinese fashion, and appreciated couture clothing by world-renowned designers, such as NE∙TIGER, Qi Gang, Qiu Haisuo, and Wu Haiyan.

This exhibition was made possible with support from the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China. This was the second exhibition 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.

Project Timeline

Project summary

Style in Silk: Tradition and Innovation in Chinese Fashion | April 2013
Regions: East Asia and Pacific
Countries: China, United States
Impact Areas: Cultural Diplomacy
Program Areas: Culture
Partners: Diplomatic Corps, NGOs, Private Sector, Public Sector