Smithsonian’s Craft2Wear Show Opens Oct. 20

Contemporary Wearable Art Craft Show Is Once Again In-Person
September 20, 2022
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The 15th annual Smithsonian Craft2Wear Show will take place Oct. 20–22 in Washington, D.C.’s National Building Museum. Held in-person for the first time since 2019, the show features the work of the country’s premier jewelry, leather and wearable artisans. The works will be on display and for sale; serious collectors and casual shoppers will find one-of-a-kind pieces in a wide range of prices. Tickets are available for purchase.

The theme of this year’s event is Find Your Fabulous, a chance for shoppers to experiment with trending fashions, materials and fabrications to recreate and invigorate their apparel. The show will take place at the National Building Museum at 401 F St. N.W. in Washington, D.C. Admission is $20 at the door or $17 in advance online. The show’s Preview Night Benefit Oct. 20 offers an early opportunity to view and purchase wearable art while enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and a fashion show.

The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) at the Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman will partner with the Smithsonian Women’s Committee for this year’s Craft2Wear Show. SQCC will also exhibit Omani fashion, jewelry and perfume from the Sultanate and other wearable art.

This year’s event honors the late Judy Lynn Prince, a Smithsonian Women’s Committee member who founded the Craft2Wear Show. She was a passionate supporter of Craft2Wear, and the committee honors her vision and support of the show over the years.

The Smithsonian Women’s Committee produces the show to celebrate the finest in American contemporary craft and design. Proceeds support grants to the Smithsonian for innovative education, outreach and research projects. The committee has awarded more than $13 million in grants and endowments since 1966.

About the Smithsonian Women’s Committee

The Smithsonian Women’s Committee is dedicated to advancing the Smithsonian’s mission to increase and diffuse knowledge. Founded in 1966, the committee celebrates fine American craft through the Smithsonian Craft Show and the Smithsonian Craft2Wear Show. It awards grants and endowments throughout the Smithsonian from funds raised at its shows. 

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