MANOA U ONLINE HAWAIIAN SHIRT MUSEUM
of Hawai'i at Manoa's Apparel Product Design and Merchandising
Program's Historic Costume Collection has initiated an online
exhibit to digitize its aloha shirt collection.
the limited exhibit space available on campus, curator Carol D`Angelo
is making the aloha shirt collection publicly available digitally.
The UH Manoa aloha shirt collection is one of only two such collections
in the western U.S., and the only one in the Pacific, according
to Dr. Michael Thomas, Digital Collections Manager of the University
of Hawai‘i Virtual Museum.
was initiated in fall 2009 by Jennifer Halaszyn, a student in
the Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program. A collaborative
internship project, it involved several faculty, staff and volunteers
including Carol D’Angelo, Curator of the Historic Costume Collection;
Dr. Karen Kosasa, Chair of the UH Museum Consortium; David Beales,
University Photographer; and Melissa Rand, Graduate Assistant
in Museum Studies.
The project has digitally photographed more
than 50 Aloha shirts. The online exhibit is publicly available
through the UH Virtual Museum at: www.museum.hawaii.edu.
by local garment makers and celebrities, the aloha shirt spread
in use in the United States and abroad. The shirts in this collection
were influenced by fabrics and fashion design elements from Native
Hawaiian culture as well as Hawai‘i’s many immigrant cultures.
The aloha shirt is important in the history of Hawaiian fashion,
particularly for its influence on casual business attire, now
a generally accepted custom in Hawai‘i and elsewhere.
Historic Costume Collection is one of the largest collections
of garments, textiles, and related artifacts in an American university.
For more information, call Michael Thomas at 956-4168 or email