June 4

Seattle Style

MOHAI’s new exhibit showcases the city’s fashion history.

Gor-Tex and grunge are often considered key elements to Seattle’s sartorial sensibility. MOHAI’s latest exhibition, Seattle Style: Fashion/Function, proves our clothing culture goes beyond those hallmarks.

Seattle Style: Fashion/Function covers four different thematic sections: Nature and Place, Growth and Aspiration, Northwest Casual, and Innovators and Rulebreakers. Patrons can view a variety of pieces from each theme ranging from a Luly Yang fashion gown to another Seattle essential: the Utilikilt.

According to Clara Berg, MOHAI’s Collections Specialists for Costumes and Textiles, Seattle has a strong tradition of fashion innovators and clothing makers. “Outdoor gear, casual wear, grunge—are connected to key parts of our history and had a national and international impact. There are many stories of high fashion here as well—people who wore it, stores that imported it, and designers who made it,” Berg said.

The exhibit runs through October 14. MOHAI will be hosting a number of fashion events to accompany the exhibit, including ongoing docent-led tours, talks and lectures, and Cocktails & Clothing: Designing Sustainable Fashion, an interactive evening with local designers. September is Seattle Fashion month too, so watch for special style events throughout the city.

MOHAI (860 Terry Ave) is open from 10am to 5pm daily. Admission is free on the first Thursday of every month. Admission prices can vary, so check the website for more details.

Story by Ethan Chung and Photography courtesy MOHAI

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