Today we salute the outstanding accomplishments of Ralph Rucci. No other designer has had a greater impact on our collection and our community.  In 2008, Phoenix Art Museum had the privilege of organizing an exhibition and runway show with him.  Rucci generously addressed our community in a lecture that was heralded as one of the best lectures ever given by an artist at the Museum.  He set a new bar for the appreciation of fashion at the Museum.  The Rucci works in the Museum’s permanent collection continue to be shown in exhibitions and are a favorite of our visitors and patrons.  People often ask if an upcoming exhibition will include Ralph Rucci as a benchmark of questioning how inspiring it will be.  Our community is extremely grateful to have such a fine collection of Ralph Rucci’s works preserved at the Museum.  - Dennita Sewell Curator of Fashion Design