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MADWORKSHOP Welcomes New Board Member Sharon Takeda

Welcome to the MADWORKSHOP Family, Sharon!

Sharon S. Takeda is senior curator and head of the Costume and Textiles department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). She joined the curatorial staff in 1987 after receiving her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles and concluding two years of postgraduate work in Japan under the auspices of the Japanese Ministry of Education. Her exhibitions at LACMA include Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715-2015 (LACMA 2016, Saint Louis Art Museum 2017, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney 2018); African Textiles and Adornment: Selections from the Marcel and Zaira Mis Collection (2015); Kimono for a Modern Age (2014); RODARTE: Fra Angelico Collection (2011); African Inspiration: Kuba Textiles and European Modernism (2010-2012); Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700-1915 (LACMA 2010-2011, Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin 2012, Les Arts Décoratifs Paris 2012-2013); Five Centuries of Indonesian Textiles: Selections from the Mary Hunt Kahlenberg Collection (2008-2009); Breaking the Mode: Contemporary Fashion from the Permanent Collection (2006-2007, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence 2007-2008); Miracles and Mischief: Noh and Kyōgen Theater in Japan (2002); Japonism in Fashion: The Influence of Japan on Western Dress (1998); The Fabric of Life: Japanese Folk Textiles (1995); and When Art Became Fashion: Kosode in Edo-Period Japan (1992-1993), which was awarded the American Association of Museums’ Fifth Annual Curators’ Committee Exhibit Competition. The Costume Society of America awarded the Richard Martin Award for Excellence in the Exhibition of Costume to Reigning Men and to Miracles and Mischief. Two of Takeda’s exhibition catalogues won the Millia Davenport Publication Award from the Costume Society of America. Additional publications include Japanese Fishermen’s Coats from Awaji Island for the UCLA Fowler Museum, contributions to Edo: Art in Japan 1615-1868 for the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., The Dictionary of Art, Encyclopedia of Contemporary Japan, and numerous articles in American, Japanese, and Spanish journals and magazines. Takeda currently serves on the Directing Council of the Centre International d’Etude des Textiles Anciens (CIETA), an organization for professional textile historians based in Lyon, France.