Wilson to give talks and presentation on Japanese textiles Feb. 20

Wilson to give talks and presentation on Japanese textiles Feb. 20

10 Feb 2014    

Elizabeth Wilson, an expert on Japanese textiles and a successful business woman, will visit CEHS Feb. 20, 2014, to share the history and workings of her unique business Asiatica in Kansas City.  Wilson turned a longstanding interest in Japanese textiles and dress into a unique concept store, recognized for its fine Asian-inspired products. Asiatica’s showroom offers elegant “house brand,” ready-to-wear Japanese accessories and textiles as well as antiques and unique items for the home that Elizabeth buys on her yearly trips to Japan.

Behind the showroom/boutique is a design studio where she and her staff create beautiful, highly marketable garments. Asiatica’s artisans practice adaptive re-use of vintage textiles using Japanese fabrics and kimono cloth that are stitched into coats, jackets, scarves, blouses, and more. These garments are distinctive for their fine craftsmanship and for the Asian influence that characterizes their silhouettes and finish. These items have a distinct place in the US market largely due to Elizabeth’s modern stylings, their luxurious feel, and the fact that they are highly wearable.  Several times a year Elizabeth travels throughout the US staging “trunk shows” that showcase her fashions and bring her product line to clients from coast-to-coast. Asiatica’s product line can also be seen at its website http://www.asiaticakc.com/

Throughout the day of Wilson’s CEHS visit, she will visit classes to speak with students about her adaptive design approach and her marketing strategies. She will also give a public lecture focused on her interest and love of Japanese art and textiles and describe how she developed a thriving, specialty fashion business in the center of the heartland.  

Wilson’s presentation is a feature event linked to the exhibition, “Japan and Fashion: Influence and Impact,” curated by Barbara Trout, professor in the department of Textiles, Merchandizing & Fashion Design.


College of Education and Human Sciences
Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design