West Columbia, SC (PressExposure) March 28, 2011 -- In conjunction with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Kyoto Kimono and the Freer-Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute, Washing ton, D.C., will host a Kimono Trunk Show this weekend. On display and for sale will be over 300 authentic, vintage kimono robes, haori jackets, and obi as well as gifts and accessories from their Japanique Boutique collection. The public is invited to browse the collection and Kyoto Kimono owner Nancy McDonough will be available to discuss any kimono-related questions or interests with visitors.
Nancy lived, worked, and fell in love with Kyoto, Japan in the 1990s. She began collecting vintage kimono (circa 1930-1960) and brought 200 with her when she returned to The States. Kyoto Kimono was born of her desire to tell the story of these unique garments - each reflecting the tastes of its owner as well as the purpose for which it was designed. When beautiful kimonos are damaged by age or wear, Nancy recycles them into scarves, purses, totes, accessories and wearables through her Japanique Boutique collection.
The show runs Friday-Sunday from 10-5pm each day, located in front of the Sackler Gift Shop. An informal fashion show begins at 2pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
The galleries are located on the National Mall, the grassy area between the Capitol and the Washington Monument, steps from the Smithsonian Metro stop. The Sackler Gallery is located at 1050 Independence Avenue, SW. The Freer Gallery of Art is located at Jefferson Drive at 12th Street, SW. The two museums are connected by an underground exhibition space. Handicap accessible entrance to the Freer Gallery is located on Independence Avenue at 12th Street, SW.
The Smithsonian Institution has two museums of Asian art: the Freer Gallery of Art which opened to the public in 1923, and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, which welcomed its first visitors in 1987. Both are physically connected by an underground passageway, and ideologically linked through the study, exhibition, and sheer love of Asian art. In addition, the Freer Gallery contains an important collection of 19th century American art punctuated by James McNeill Whistler''s Peacock Room, perhaps one of the earliest (and certainly one of the most controversial) art installations on record.
Kyoto Kimono has been in business for over 11 years. The owner, Nancy McDonough, arrived in Kyoto, Japan in 1992 to teach English and recruit other ESL teachers. She soon fell in love with Japanese textiles and by the time she returned to Oregon in 1995, she had accumulated over 200 kimonos. After that, there was no turning back -- what started out as a hobby business became full time after the first year on the internet in 2000.