Discover Cutting-Edge Couture at Smithsonian Craft2Wear Show

September 6, 2018
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Arden Bardol

Artist Arden Bardol

The Smithsonian Women’s Committee today announced that more than 60 acclaimed designers—both returning and new—have been selected for the 2018 Smithsonian Craft2Wear show and sale Oct. 4–6 at the National Building Museum. For the first time, the show will feature “Pepper the Robot” as a guide to the many individually designed pieces of handmade clothing, jewelry and accessories for women, men and children. The event is co-chaired by Maureen McGuire-Kuletz, Peggy Newman and Diane Zutant.

The opening-night cocktail party will take place Thursday, Oct. 4, from 6 to 9 p.m., in the museum’s great hall. It will feature a reception with hors d’oeuvres and sweets and an informal fashion show. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the designers and purchase items before the show opens to the public.

Smithsonian Craft2Wear continues Friday, Oct. 5, and Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The National Building Museum is located at 401 F St. N.W., in Washington, D.C.

Information about participating artists’ is available at

Daily admission tickets purchased in advance are $13 online or $15 at the door. Opening-night tickets are $50 by advance purchase only, and include a ticket to return to the show on Friday or Saturday. More information and advance tickets are available at For groups of 10 or more, email

Smithsonian Craft2Wear is produced by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee. The proceeds from the committee’s two annual signature events—the Smithsonian Craft Show in April and the Smithsonian Craft2Wear show in October—support outreach, research and education programs across the Smithsonian’s 19 museums and the National Zoo through grants. To date, the Smithsonian Women’s Committee has funded more than $12 million in grants and endowments.

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