In a show that addresses a historical perspective on the "made in Seattle" notion, Seattle's sometimes understated presence in the fashion world, and the understated presence of Asian Americans in fashion, the Wing Luke Museum's "Workroom to Runway" gets visitors inside factories and in front of eye-opening designers and designs.
Like the Trina Turk dress above. Turk's a mainstay at shops like Nordstrom, but most people (myself included) don't know that the now California-based designer got her training in the UW's apparel program, or that her first job was with the locally based line Britannia Jeans. (I totally had a pair of those.) She created this look especially for the Wing Luke show using recycled and sustainable materials.
So add that—the future of fashion on a resource-limited planet—to the show's undertakings. If it seems like to examine, you're right. And in terms of square footage, it's not a big exhibit.
Although it doesn't go in-depth in any of these issues, mini studios from locals like Lady Konnyaku and Maiden Noir; contemporary and historical looks from Jason Wu, Josie Natori, and others; and images from the Chinatown that was provide a thoughtful overview.
"Workroom to Runway" is on through April 2013. You can check it out in tandem with the stunningly gorgeous George Nakashima show that's up alongside it.