Jim Thompson Art Center Power Dressing

Power Dressing


Susan Conway



Jim Thompson Center for Textiles and the arts



16 December 2003 - 31 May 2004


The James H. W. Thompson Foundation proudly presents "Power Dressing - Lanna Shan Siam 19th Century Court Dress", the first exhibition to be held in the newly constructed Jim Thompson Center for Textiles and the arts. The exhibition is curated by the highly respected British textile expert Dr. Susan Conway and focuses on the textiles, dress and regalia from the inland principalities of Lanna and the Shan states and the coastal kingdom of Siam.Dr. Conway, author of the book "Silken Threads Lacquer Thrones", has extensively studied the 19th century courts of northern Thai and Shan kingdoms.The exhibition runs from December 2003 to May 31, 2004 and is open to the general public.

THE JIM THOMPSON CENTER FOR TEXTILES AND THE ARTS The Jim Thompson Center for Textiles and the Arts, a two-storey structure located on the grounds of the Jim Thompson House museum, has been built by the James H. W. Thompson Foundation to house rotating textile and cultural exhibitions. Leading art historians and academics are invited as guest curators for the various exhibits which include loans from public and private collections.

Through the establishment of the new gallery, the James H. W. Thompson Foundation Under the Royal Patronage of H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn hopes to further contribute to the preservation, dissemination and broader understanding of Thailand's rich cultural heritage.

The Jim Thompson Center for Textiles and the Arts is dedicated in memory of the highly respected Thai art historian H.S.H. Prince Subhadradis Diskul, a grandson of King Rama IV and past President of the James H. W. Thompson Foundation.