A new exhibit is opening at the Arab American National Museum titled “Hawaii’s Alfred Shaheen: Fabric to Fashion.” The exhibition, which runs from October 7, 2010 to March 13, 2011, is made possible in part by the Ford Foundation and the Kresge Foundation. The exhibit is free with Museum admission. The Opening Reception will take place Thursday, October 7, 2010 at 5:30 PM.
“In the mid-20th century, Lebanese American engineer Alfred Shaheen wed technological innovation to socially responsible business practices in the service of revitalizing Pacific Island/Asian textile traditions. He forged a fusion fashion design aesthetic now recognized worldwide as a visual marker – not only of a transnational Hawaiian culture – but of a West Coast “American” lifestyle that is informal, environmentally aware and multi-cultural. This exhibition, created by the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, features dozens of examples of Shaheen textile and garment designs and archival images that shed light on Shaheen’s unique design, manufacturing and marketing philosophies.” — from AANM’s website