The Kennedy Center

So Blue So White: Fashions Centuries in the Making

IBERIAN SUITE: Installation: So Blue So White: Fashions Centuries in the Making

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - Sunday, March 22, 2015

IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix

Blue-and-white Chinese porcelain, initially brought to Europe by Portuguese trading ships, has influenced fashion designers around the world. A selection of their creations will be on display, including two gowns especially commissioned for the festival.

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IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix
Installation: So Blue So White--Fashions Centuries in the Making

This is a FREE event, no tickets are required.

This installation relates the fascinating tale of how Portuguese trading ships brought Chinese porcelain to Europe, where it became extraordinarily popular and widely imitated, eventually by manufacturers such as Royal Delft. The international passion for blue-and-white porcelain that began in the 16th century continues to this day, influencing leading fashion designers throughout the world. A selection of their exquisite creations, inspired by blue-and-white porcelain and ceramic tiles, comes together in a dazzling display in the Hall of States. Highlights include two whimsical gowns created by Portugal's Storytailors atelier, both commissioned especially for this festival.

Presented with the support of Solancis.

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