Sat Jan 31 2015 10:00 am thru Sat Jan 31 2015 4:00 pm


Contemporary Japanese Fashion Symposium

at Crow Collection of Asian Art: Grand Gallery • $20 for Friends of the Crow Collection; $40 for the public; $25 Bento Box from Savor
Sat Jan 31 2015 10:00 am — 4:00 pm
Crow Collection of Asian Art: Grand Gallery
$20 for Friends of the Crow Collection; $40 for the public; $25 Bento Box from Savor

Please join the Crow Collection of Asian Art for a day-long symposium exploring the art and culture of avant-garde fashion in Japan.  This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition The Mary Baskett Collection of Japanese Fashion, on view at the Crow through February 22, 2015.


Special Guest Speakers include:
Akiko Fukai, Director and Chief Curator, The Kyoto Costume Institute Cynthia Amneus, Chief Curator and Curator of Fashion Arts and Textiles, Cincinnati Art Museum, and curator of The Mary Baskett Collection of Japanese Fashion Patricia Mears, Deputy Director of the Museum at FIT Sharon S. Takeda, Senior Curator and Head of the Department of Costume and Textiles at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Moderators include Lisa Petty Founder of DFW Style Daily, Tammy Nguyen Lee Founder of Against The Grain Productions, and Karin Oen Curator of the Crow Collection of Asian Art

As well as local fashion designers Khanh Nguyen, Dora Yim, Mai Pham, and Jerry Matthews.

Host Committee:
Shelle Sills
Jan Strimple
Myra Walker
Richard and Susan Marcus
Holly Haber
Maxine Trowbridge
Florence Wiedemann
Betty Reiter
Jacqueline Anderson
Brian Bolke


10:00 – 10:45 AM- Cynthia Amneus | The Mary Baskett Collection
11:00 – 12:00 PM- Akiko Fukai | Keynote Address: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion
12:00 – 1:30- Lunch Break | Bento boxes available for purchase
1:30 – 2:00 PM- Patricia Mears | Japanese Aesthetics and Fashion: Shifting Paradigms
2:00 – 2:45- Local Fashion Designer Panel | Pecha Kucha and Q/A, moderated by Lisa Petty and Tammy Nguyen Lee
3:00 – 3:30- Sharon Takeda | Five Centuries of Japanese Fashion
3:30 – 4:00- Symposium Panel Discussion | Avant-Garde Fashion: Then, Now, Next | moderated by Lisa Petty and Karin Oen
4:00 – Student Work on View for Public


Cynthia Amnéus

Cynthia Amnéus is Chief Curator and Curator of Fashion Arts and Textiles at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Amnéus has curated numerous and diverse exhibitions during her tenure and published both award winning publications and various articles. Some highlights among her many exhibitions at the Cincinnati Art Museum include A Separate Sphere: Dressmakers in Cincinnati’s Golden Age, 1877-1922 (2003), Hanten and Happi: Traditional Japanese Work Coats from the Sumi Collection (2005), Imperishable Beauty: Art Nouveau Jewelry (2009), Wedded Perfection: Two Centuries of Wedding Gowns (2010), and The Mary Baskett Collection of Japanese Fashion (2014).

Mary Baskett

Born in Binghamton, New York and holding a Master’s degree in East Asian art history, Mary Baskett’s frequent travels to Asia brought her into contact with the contemporary Japanese fashion she loves. While curator of prints at the Cincinnati Art Museum, Baskett continued her travels and her collection of Japanese-designed garments quickly grew. In 1977, she opened the Mary Baskett Gallery to showcase her collection of Asian art, which includes hundreds of works of art from Asia and emphasizes Japanese fashion and contemporary photography.

Akiko Fukai

Akiko Fukai is director and chief curator of the Kyoto Costume Institute. She has organized a number of major fashion exhibitions in Japan, Paris, London, and New York, including Revolution in Fashion 1715–1815 (National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, 1988), Japonisme et Mode (Musée de la Mode et du Costume, Paris, 1996), Japonism in Fashion (Brooklyn Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1998), Fashion in Colors (Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, 2005–2006), Luxury in Fashion Reconsidered (Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, and National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, 2009–2010), and, most recently, Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion (2010–2011, Barbican Art Gallery, London).

Sharon S. Takeda

Sharon S. Takeda is Senior Curator and Head of the Department of Costume and Textiles at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Some highlights of her many  exhibitions  include Kimono for a Modern Age (2014), Breaking the Mode: Contemporary Fashion from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA 2006-07; Florence 2007-08; Indianapolis 2008), The Fabric of Life: Japanese Folk Textiles (1995), and When Art Became Fashion: Kosode in Edo-Period Japan (1992-93).

Patricia Mears

Patricia Mears is the Deputy Director for the Museum at FIT. She began working at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (MFIT) as the research curator in 2005 and was promoted to her current position in 2006. Her first exhibition for that museum, The Tailor’s Art, opened in May, 2005. It was followed byRalph Rucci: The Art of Weightlessness (2007), Madame Grès: Sphinx of Fashion (2008), Isabel Toledo: Fashion from the Inside Out (2009) and American Beauty: Aesthetics and Innovation in Fashion (2009).


Tammy Nguyen Lee 


Inspired to raise funds for similar orphanages in Vietnam today, Tammy Nguyen Lee, along with her husband George and mom Aileen Nguyen, founded ATG Against The Grain Productions, Inc. in Dallas, Texas. Having a creative and artistic background, she found that the best way to raise money and awareness for this cause was through creative and artistic platforms that would most effectively draw the community together. As ATG blossomed, she extended the mission to include support for Asian American culture, arts and young artists and leaders. She and her family’s passion to help others has now become our official vision: One Voice.Many Stories.

Lisa Petty 

From reporting and celebrity interviews to event hosting and television appearances, Lisa Petty’s career is varied and exciting. After contributing to the Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Observer, the San Antonio Current, NBC DFW, and NBC Universal, Lisa launched the innovative online fashion magazine, DFW Style Daily, in the Spring of 2011. In high demand as a host and expert commentator, Lisa has cultivated top-tier brand partnerships through DFW Style Daily. Past and ongoing partners include Saks Fifth Avenue, Galleria Dallas, the Dallas Vintage Clothing & Jewelry Show, Belk, Mockingbird Station, and Neiman Marcus. Welcoming 2015 with the addition of a new role at SpeedPro Imaging, Lisa now focuses on both hosting and fashion partnerships, as well as marketing and communications for a leading North Texas specialist in event graphics, design, and large format printing.

Karin Oen

Dr. Karin Oen is an art historian, curator and museum educator, now serving as curator at the Crow Collection of Asian Art.  Oen joined the Crow Collection of Asian Art staff in 2013, moving to Dallas from Cambridge, Massachusetts where she completed her PhD in the history, theory, and criticism of art and architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, 2012).


Dora Yim


Dora Yim is the CEO and designer of d.p.c. by Dora Yim which she launched in June of 2011 as an independent brand with ready-to-wear designs and accessories for women. She believes in, “Making Timeless Styles for Day and Night.”

Mia Pham

Passionate about art and intrigue with creation, Mai Pham embarked on a fashion design life. Deeply infatuated with the art of draping, the magic of patternmaking, the beauty of couture, she wanted to grasp it all. She enrolled into the University of North Texas fashion design program. After three incredible years, she  graduated with a B.F.A. in Fashion Design. She is currently working to build her own name and clothing line. Her design aesthetic is prevailing yet timeless.

Jerry Matthews

Jerry Matthews is a Filipino/Polish American designer for Nine Muses Collection. Along side his partner and fellow designer, Francesca Viamonte, Nine Muses Collection focuses on women’s luxury sports wear and evening wear with an emphasis on tailoring and clean lines. The duo met while studying at the Art Institute of Dallas where they began working on independent projects until they graduated and eventually started Nine Muses Collection. The Dallas based label’s design inspiration stems from nine different sources of inspiration which varies from season to season. Muses from previous collections include: strong women in history/pop culture, supermodels, different films, pieces of art and even locations around the world. Nine Muses has been in Women’s Wear Daily, D Magazine, Dallas Luxe + Interior Design Magazine, Envie Magazine, Living Magazine, Florum Magazine, and various other publications.


$20 for Friends of the Crow Collection; $40 for the public; $25 Bento Box from Savor.  Space is limited, for reservations please visit the link below.