September is fashion month around the world – from New York to Paris and beyond. Seattle’s, Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) is celebrating fashion this September with a dedicated month of special events and shopping opportunities. Enjoy the fun and explore our community’s fashion story with a visit to MOHAI’s exhibit Seattle Style: Fashion/Function.

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What Seattleites wear—past and present—reveals something captivating about the city. This and more has now been unveiled in Seattle Style: Fashion/Function, a major new exhibit presented by @nordstrom, featuring garments and accessories from the @mohaiseattle collection. The exhibit is open now through October 14, 2019. Full details about docent-led tours, an ethical fashion panel hosted by @sydlovesfashion of @gossip_glamour, behind the seams, clothing repair fair, cocktails & clothing and Seattle Style Month are available on (link in bio @whatsupnw click on the ? and type “MOHAI”). . . . . . #seattle #mohai #seattleblogger #seattlefashion #seattlelife #seattlemodel #seattlewashington  #pnw #pacificnorthwest #fashion #fashionblogger #fashionista #fashiongram #instafashion #fashionnova #fashionable #fashionkilla #fashionistas #fashionaddict #fashionformen #fashionforwomen #fashionstyle #fashiontrends #fashionpost #fashionblog

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These programs and events showcase the complex history of clothing in the Puget Sound including its influence, and its connections to the broader fashion world, as well as the continuing impact of local stores, companies, and designers including Nordstrom, Eddie Bauer, Eighth Generation, Filson, Luly Yang Couture, Marios, Prairie Underground, Road, Sassafras, Tommy Bahama, UNIONBAY, Utilikilts, and Zebra Club.

  • Throughout the month of September, explore the greater Seattle area (just a reminder that children 14 and under are admitted free at MOHAI)
  • Salute Puget Sound’s sartorial spirit with the museum’s unique style events, walking tours, lectures and more. Discover how elegance and practicality co-existed and converged in Seattle wardrobes. Celebrate the tradition of hats in Seattle’s black community, open your world to the vast diversity of shapes, sizes, and styles that exist and thrive among us, and explore compelling historical tidbits from key stories featured in MOHAI’s Seattle Style exhibit.
  • Examine Seattle-based rapper Macklemore’s Air Jordan 6 Retro shoes in the Seattle Style exhibit. His Jordan’s are made with red suede and feature a shark logo on the heel – a reference to his fan base, the Shark Face Gang. Gaze at an elegant and rare Seattle Nuciano luxury handbag. Founded by creative director Joy Egbejimba, Nuciano’s signature design element is a cowrie shell. Egbejimba was born in Nigeria, where the cowrie has a powerful history as an item of adornment and currency.

    (Photo Credit: Nuciano)
  • Take a self-guided walking tour around the city to enjoy each of the specially curated window displays at prominent local retailers. Discover your personal “Seattle style,” while shopping at some of Seattle’s most inspiring retailers.
  • Follow Seattle fashion blog Gossip & Glamour and claim an exclusive Seattle Style Month offer.
  • Celebrate fashion month with an exclusive hotel package through our hotel partners. Visitors who show proof of their participation with partnering hotels will receive a gift with purchase at the newly renovated MOHAI Mercantile. The museum’s gift shop highlights a curated selection of local designer items and special exhibit related merchandise.
  • Drop by retail partners Prairie Underground and Sassafras for special programming and events as they celebrate Seattle Style Month.
  • Become a MOHAI member in September and save on tickets to the museum’s annual fashion lecture with Seattle Style exhibit curator Clara Berg. Join us for a private Member Happy Hour and use MOHAI’s special member discount to shop the MOHAI Mercantile.


(Details are subject to change, and additional programs and events may be added. Please check the website for updated information).

MOHAI Fashion Lecture: Secrets of Seattle Style
Tuesday, September 10, 7-8:30 pm
$20 General public/$10 for MOHAI members
Hear about the process of creating MOHAI’s landmark exhibit, Seattle Style: Fashion/Function, and dive deeper into the exciting stories and themes the exhibit reveals. Learn from exhibit curator, Clara Berg, about her favorite discoveries during the planning process and explore compelling historical tidbits from key stories featured in the exhibit.

(Photo Credit: MOHAI)

Member Happy Hour
Tuesday September 10, 6—8:30 pm
Free for MOHAI members with RSVP. Not a member? Join today!
Purchase program tickets plus Member Happy Hour
MOHAI members planning to attend MOHAI Fashion Lecture: Secrets of Seattle Style are invited to a member-only pre-lecture Happy Hour with refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres.

Sunday Hat Parade with the Black Heritage Society of Washington State
Sunday, September 15, 1-4 pm
Included with museum admission / Free for MOHAI and BHS members
Celebrate the tradition of hats in Seattle’s black community with the Black Heritage Society of Washington State (BHS) and MOHAI. Stroll through museum in your finest hat, take your picture at a photo booth, and enjoy a special one-day-only display of historic hats from the BHS collection. Hear from two local black milliners featured in the Seattle Style: Fashion/Function exhibit, Henrietta Price and Sonia Wooten-Gill.

BIG MOOD: A Night of Fat Fashion
Wednesday, September 25, 6:30-9 pm
$10 general public/$5 for MOHAI members
This night of immersive experiences, curated by Adria Garcia and Kim Selling of Indian Summer and More Fats More Femmes, features a fashion show, pop-up market, and conversations punctuated with live performances.

(Photo Credit: MOHAI)

Seattle Style: Fashion/Function is organized by Seattle’s Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) and presented by Nordstrom. The exhibit is accompanied by a companion book, Seattle Style: Fashion/Function. Edited by Clara Berg, with a foreword by internationally known Seattle-based fashion designer Luly Yang, Seattle Style unveils the complex narrative of Seattle’s vibrant clothing scene.

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