Cross-Cultural Chic: Unraveling the Life and Legacy of Hanae Mori
February 25 @ 6:00 pm
Join fashion historian Ayaka Sano for a presentation on the Japanese couturier Hanae Mori presented by the Peabody Essex Museum and the Japan Society of Boston. Sano will then be joined in conversation by Petra Slinkard, PEM’s Nancy B. Putnam Curator of Fashion and Textiles. Hanae Mori, whose work is currently on view in the exhibition Made It: The Women Who Revolutionized Fashion, debuted her first ready-to-wear collection “East Meets West” in New York in 1965. The designer, now 95, also designed the flight attendant uniforms for Japan Air Lines, and the uniforms for Japanese Olympians in 1992 (Barcelona) and 1994 (Lillehammer). Her clients have included Empress Masako of Japan, Princess Grace of Monaco and First Ladies Hillary Rodham Clinton and Nancy Reagan.
In conjunction with the exhibition, Made It: The Women Who Revolutionized Fashion, currently on view at the Peabody Essex Museum, this talk introduces the pioneering influences of the Japanese fashion designer, Hanae Mori. At a time when the westernization of women’s clothing was accelerating after World War II, Mori established her own dressmaking business in Tokyo and designed costumes for numerous films during the 1950s. Over the next decades, she expanded her business to the United States and Europe, launching couture and ready-to-wear collections, distinguished for their expression of Japanese art and traditional textiles. Highlighting a selection of her designs, along with the stories of notable women who wore them, this presentation will celebrate the cultural crossovers that defined the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of Hanae Mori.
Ayaka Sano is an independent researcher specializing in the history of fashion and textiles with a focus on Japanese culture. Originally from Tokyo and currently based in New York City, she has contributed to curatorial projects at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, and the Japan Society. She recently earned a Master’s degree in Costume Studies from New York University and holds a Bachelor’s degree from the School of International Liberal Studies at Waseda University.