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Into the Vault: Silk Kimono and Velvet Pants Worn by Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix kimono on display at MoPOP's 'Wild Blue Angel: Hendrix Abroad, 1966-1970' exhibition

Did you know just a small percentage of our collection is actually on display inside the Museum of Pop Culture? With more than 100,000 objects in our permanent collection, it becomes a little easier to understand why there can't be a place to publicly display each one of our artifacts at the same time. But just because a piece isn't currently on view at our nonprofit museum, doesn't mean it's not important to popular culture. *cue ominous music*

To offer visitors a peek behind the curtain at our museum, we're taking fans Into the Vault here on the MoPOP blog, highlighting artifacts from our broad collection and showcasing their place in popular culture. This month, we take a closer look at a psychedelic outfit worn by legendary Seattle musician Jimi Hendrix.


What is it?

A silk kimono and pair of velvet pants worn by Jimi Hendrix, part of the Museum of Pop Culture permanent collection.

Hendrix wore the velvet pants and silk kimono at the Newport Pop Festival in Costa Mesa on June 22, 1969 and on The Dick Cavett Show on September 8, 1969. Additionally, he wore the kimono during Woodstock rehearsals in upstate New York in August 1969, the pants at the Northern California Folk-Rock Festival in San Jose on May 25, 1969 and the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair in Bethel, New York on August 18, 1969.

Jimi Hendrix kimono in MoPOP vault

Up close of Jimi Hendrix kimono in MoPOP vault

Jimi Hendrix velvet pants in MoPOP vault

Up close of Jimi Hendrix velvet pants in MoPOP vault

Why's it important to popular culture?

The psychedelic culture of the 1960s included a breakdown of sexual taboos as people strived for freedom of mind, body, and spirit. The accompanying inclination toward sensual fulfillment was reflected in the fashions of time. Fabrics that incited tactile pleasure, including silk crêpes and satins, charmeuses, brocades, and velvets, with their regal allure, were popular in the psychedelic scene of the late 1960s. Hendrix favored outfits made from richly colored chiffons, paisley prints, and textured brocades, and his kimono and velvet pants were indicative of his interest in the psychedelic fashion trend of the time.

Jimi Hendrix wearing kimono at Woodstock rehearsals in upstate New York in August 1969

Jimi Hendrix wearing the kimono at Woodstock rehearsals, New York, August 1969

Jimi Hendrix wearing kimono at Woodstock rehearsals in upstate New York in August 1969

Jimi Hendrix wearing the kimono at Woodstock rehearsals, New York, August 1969

Jimi Hendrix wearing kimono at Woodstock rehearsals in upstate New York in August 1969

Jimi Hendrix wearing the kimono at Woodstock rehearsals, New York, August 1969

Jimi Hendrix wearing kimono at Woodstock rehearsals in upstate New York in August 1969

Jimi Hendrix wearing the kimono at Woodstock rehearsals, New York, August 1969


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