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SXU Gallery exhibit showcases vintage kimonos starting Feb. 7

Kimonos date from 1890 to 1970s

Chicago (Jan. 22, 2007) – A collection of vintage kimonos will be on display in “Shibui” (Quietly Elegant), an art exhibit that opens Wednesday, Feb. 7, in Saint Xavier University’s SXU Gallery, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago.

The exhibit, which runs through Feb. 28, will feature two dozen vintage kimonos from private collections. The exhibit will include elaborately embroidered silk furisode kimonos, which are worn in wedding ceremonies; intricately woven meisen kimonos; haori kimonos, which were tie-dyed using the shibori technique and are often seen on short, over-garment kimonos; and damask-woven kimonos. 

“These simply shaped but stunningly embellished garments evoke myriad responses when viewed in a gallery setting. Aesthetic beauty, ritualistic splendor and elegance of two and three-dimensional forms come alive in this context,” said Cathie Ruggie Saunders, associate professor of art who oversees the SXU Gallery at Saint Xavier. 

The exhibit is free and open to the public. The SXU Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, please contact the SXU Gallery at (773) 298-3081. 


Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, Saint Xavier University was the first Mercy college in the United States and is Chicago’s oldest Catholic university. Serving approximately 5,700 students at its campuses in Chicago, Orland Park and its Loop location, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors; more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing; and a variety of program options in continuing and professional studies. Recognizing Saint Xavier’s excellence in education, U.S. News & World Report has ranked SXU consistently among the Best Colleges in the Midwest.

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