Though Wednesday night was the final salon of the series, we would like to think of it as the beginning of an amazing exhibition season. The focus over the last three weeks was a crash course on the history of Italian fashion to gear up for The White Shirt According to Me: Gianfranco Ferré. Dennita Sewell, Curator of the Fashion Design at the Phoenix Art Museum took us back decades to understand why Italian fashion is rightfully in a league of its own.

The first week featured Cappuci, Simonetta, Shuberth, and Pucci, and we were able to see the roots of Italian fashion not only through the presentation but also through some show stopping pieces from the vault, including Pucci, Fontana, and Simonetta. For some of these pieces, they have not been on display to the public in over 30 years. The next week we traveled from Rome to Milan to learn about Valentino, Missoni, Armani, Versace, and Ferré, and who could forget about that iconic safety pin Versace dress pulled out from the collection? Not to mention we all became better acquainted to Gianfranco Ferré’s work, ready to suit up in our white shirts for the final Salon focusing on The Italian Look.

After learning how far Italian Fashion has come through power houses such as Prada, Gucci, and Fendi, we celebrated s over the amazing array of Ferré, Prada, Fendi, and Moschino coats pulled from the vault, along with a photo booth capturing our best white shirts. We hope you enjoyed this year’s Salon Series and we can’t wait to see you at our upcoming events. Be sure to post your white shirt photo on social media with #FerreinPhx and #MyWhiteShirt and snag your Symposium: Master of Italian Fashion ticket before they’re gone!

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