May
25
7:00 pm19:00

50 Years of Fashion Lecture

Join Dennita Sewell, Curator of Fashion Design for a comprehensive presentation about her latest exhibition, Defining Moments: 50 years of fashion at Phoenix Art Museum. Featuring more than 50 works drawn from across the history of fashion, this exhibition highlights masterworks and milestones of the permanent collection. Providing insight into how the treasures of the collection were acquired and formed an internationally respected fashion archive, this exhibition will feature a roster of world-class designers including Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga and Chanel alongside stunning historical works.

Whiteman Hall, Phoenix Art Museum. Free and open to the public.

Jun
1
7:00 pm19:00

Screening: The First Monday in May

The First Monday in May chronicles a year's worth of preparations for the Costume Institute’s Chinese-inspired fashion exhibit China: Through the Looking Glass and the gala which accompanied the exhibit. Andrew Bolton, the Chief Curator at the Costume Institute, conceptualizes and designs the Metropolitan Museum of Art Gala with Anna Wintour, Editor-In-Chief of American Vogue. The Met Gala, the Costume Institute's annual event, is a multi-million dollar fundraiser and joint event organized by Vogue and the MET. The film also depicts Wintour's daily life and questions fashion as art. As of 2016, China: Through the Looking Glass is the most visited exhibit in the Costume Institute's history and one of the most visited exhibitions in the entire history of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Whiteman Hall. Free and Open to the Public, please arrive early to ensure a seat.

Jun
8
7:00 pm19:00

50 Years of Fashion Gallery Talk

Join us for a Gallery talk in the  Ellman Fashion Design Gallery to explore Defining Moments: 50 Years of Fashion at Phoenix Art Museum. Featuring more than 50 works drawn from across the history of fashion, this exhibition highlights masterworks and milestones of the permanent collection. Providing insight into how the treasures of the collection were acquired and formed an internationally respected fashion archive, this exhibition will feature a roster of world-class designers including Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga and Chanel alongside stunning historical works.

Free and Open to the Public.

Jul
20
6:00 pm18:00

Charles Frederick Worth, Chanel and Balenciaga

The Grand Couturiers and Tradition: Charles Frederick Worth, Chanel and Balenciaga

In anticipation of Phoenix Art Museum’s fall fashion exhibition featuring the Emphatics Archive, curator of fashion design, Dennita Sewell will host a summer salon series about the history of Paris fashion. From the traditions of the grand couturiers to the evolution of the international fashion brand, this series explores the designers who made Paris the the most powerful and prestigious fashion capital in the world. Examination of works from the fashion design collection will conclude each lecture.

Free and Open to the Public

Jul
27
6:00 pm18:00

Yves Saint Laurent, Claude Montana and Issey Miyake

Fashion Forerunners and ready to wear: Yves Saint Laurent, Claude Montana and Issey Miyake

In anticipation of Phoenix Art Museum’s fall fashion exhibition featuring the Emphatics Archive, curator of fashion design, Dennita Sewell will host a summer salon series about the history of Paris fashion. From the traditions of the grand couturiers to the evolution of the international fashion brand, this series explores the designers who made Paris the the most powerful and prestigious fashion capital in the world. Examination of works from the fashion design collection will conclude each lecture.

Free and Open to the Public.

Aug
3
6:00 pm18:00

Thierry Mugler, Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexandar McQueen

The New Fashion Creators and the brand: Thierry Mugler, Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexandar McQueen

In anticipation of Phoenix Art Museum’s fall fashion exhibition featuring the Emphatics Archive, curator of fashion design, Dennita Sewell will host a summer salon series about the history of Paris fashion. From the traditions of the grand couturiers to the evolution of the international fashion brand, this series explores the designers who made Paris the the most powerful and prestigious fashion capital in the world. Examination of works from the fashion design collection will conclude each lecture.

Free and Open to the Public.


May
18
6:00 pm18:00

Conversation between Curator and Collector

Kelly Ellman, Benefactor of Phoenix Art Museum’s Fashion Design Collection will be in conversation with Curator of Fashion Design, Dennita Sewell about their decade long collaboration and commitment to building one of the most treasured fashion design collections in the country.  

Steele Gallery.

MAX MARA
Apr
28
6:00 pm18:00

MAX MARA

  • Max Mara

Max Mara invites you to celebrate the launch of the Whitney Bag Anniversary Edition

DATE & TIME

Thursday, April 28th • 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

LOCATION

7014 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale
480.945.9441

RSVP

MMPhoenix@USA.MaxMara.com by Monday, April 25

Receive ten percent off your evening's purchase with an additional ten percent to benefit Arizona Costume Institute.

 

ARIZONA STORYTELLERS: A STYLISH LIFE
Mar
2
7:00 pm19:00

ARIZONA STORYTELLERS: A STYLISH LIFE

Join azcentral.com, The Arizona Republic and Alliance Bank of Arizona as we take over Cummings Great Hall with the Valley's most stylish citizens. This night is in partnership with the Arizona Costume Institute Nouveau Chapter. We will hear stories from fashionistas, models and retailers as we celebrate fashion, beauty and self-expression.

Tickets include appetizers. 

DOORS AT 6. SHOW AT 7. 

Featured tellers:

Marshall Shore, the Hip Historian

Tiara Vian, KJZZ producer and natural hair vlogger

Sally Borg, Ironman triathlete

Jared Yazzie, Navajo designer of OxDx clothing

Ann Spitznogle Cothron, past board member of the Arizona Costume Institute

Mark Hunter Voss, photographer and former assistant to publicist Eleanor Lambert

Helen Nosova, former curatorial assistant for Fashion Design at the Phoenix Art Museum

Vespa Cool
Feb
17
7:00 pm19:00

Vespa Cool

Join Bob Golfen, Author of How to Restore and Maintain your Vespa Motor Scooter for the final salon of The Best of Italy series. During Italy’s post war reconstruction, the Vespa became a stylish vehicle for the mass market and is now lives on as the symbol of a generation.  Expert Bob Golfen discusses the history of the Vespa and what made it cool.  

The Best of Italy Salon Series
Whether it’s the way of dressing, or way of eating, a fine wine, or modern furniture design there is a common spirit found in Italian culture.  The Best of Italy series is designed to foster a greater understanding of the distinguishing characteristics of craftsmanship and ideas that give cache to “made in Italy.” These illustrated talks will focus on design, construction, technology, business, marketing strategies and current events.

Lectures are free and open to the public

Seating is limited. Event will be held in Singer Hall

Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004
At Central and McDowell Road. For questions please call 602-257-2180

Romance of Italian Leather, Beyond the Runway
Feb
3
7:00 pm19:00

Romance of Italian Leather, Beyond the Runway

For this salon of The Best of Italy Salon Series, we welcome Mary Wolfe of Spinneybeck. Enjoy the historic legacy and craft of fine Italian leather.  Gain a greater understanding of it’s unique and creative contribution to interiors, architecture, private transportation and industrial design.

The Best of Italy Salon Series
Whether it’s the way of dressing, or way of eating, a fine wine, or modern furniture design there is a common spirit found in Italian culture.  The Best of Italy series is designed to foster a greater understanding of the distinguishing characteristics of craftsmanship and ideas that give cache to “made in Italy.” These illustrated talks will focus on design, construction, technology, business, marketing strategies and current events.

Lectures are free and open to the public

Seating is limited. Event will be held in Singer Hall

Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004
At Central and McDowell Road. For questions please call 602-257-2180

Gallery Talk: The Evolution of Fashion Illustration and the Creative Process
Jan
27
7:00 pm19:00

Gallery Talk: The Evolution of Fashion Illustration and the Creative Process

Join Lindsey Enyart, Creative Director Lelli Kolibri and Loretta Tedeschi Cuoco, fashion illustrator for a talk through the Ellman Fashion Design Gallery.

Drawing by hand evolved into drawing with the computer and forever changed the fashion industry.   Two fashion professionals share their perspectives on how these changes affected their work. With extensive experience in illustration and design merchandising, Cuoco shares her perspectives on how sketches were used communicate ideas and how that has changed with the advent of computer aided design.  Lindsey Enyart will share her experiences working at top American fashion houses and how computer aided drawing is an essential tool in today’s garment manufacturing systems.

ACI Book Club: The Looks of Love
Jan
27
5:00 pm17:00

ACI Book Club: The Looks of Love

Join our recently organized ACI Book Club to discuss Hal Rubenstein's newest book, The Looks of Love: 50 Moments in Fashion That Inspired Romance. He will be the featured speaker at the 2nd Wednesday Lecture on February 10th at 12:30pm in Whiteman Hall. You can purchase your copy of the book at the Phoenix Art Museum Bookstore or from Amazon.com.

This event will take place in the Orientation Room at the Phoenix Art Museum on Wednesday, January 27th at 5pm.

Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004
At Central and McDowell Road. For questions please call 602-257-2180

“Made In Italy” – An Ocean of Difference in Pasta Manufacturing
Jan
13
7:00 pm19:00

“Made In Italy” – An Ocean of Difference in Pasta Manufacturing

Join Jeffrey Root, De Cecco Regional Foodservice Sales Manager for this special salon part of The Best of Italy Salon Series. Since 1886 De Cecco has been considered the standard in premium dry pasta.  First introduced into the US at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago,  De Cecco has retained the position of the #1 Italian import pasta in the United States.  Learn about the heritage of premium dry pasta, the evolution of “Made In Italy” authenticity and changing costs worldwide. 

Discussion will be followed by a pasta tasting. 

The Best of Italy Salon Series
Whether it’s the way of dressing, or way of eating, a fine wine, or modern furniture design there is a common spirit found in Italian culture.  The Best of Italy series is designed to foster a greater understanding of the distinguishing characteristics of craftsmanship and ideas that give cache to “made in Italy.” These illustrated talks will focus on design, construction, technology, business, marketing strategies and current events.

Lectures are free and open to the public

Seating is limited. Event will be held in Singer Hall

Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004
At Central and McDowell Road. For questions please call 602-257-2180

MEN OF THE CLOTH
Jan
10
2:00 pm14:00

MEN OF THE CLOTH

FILM: Men of the Cloth

Jan 10, 2016, 2pm

$10 Movie Only (Does not include General Admission) / $5 Member ticket discounts at checkout

Men of the Cloth is an inspiring, Italian-centric portrait of an endangered avocation, following the lives of three Italian master tailors, Nino Corvato, Checchino Fonticoli, and Joe Centofanti, as they confront the decline of the apprentice system and navigate the changing roles in the twilight of their careers. The film explores the mystery of their artistry and their near-religious devotion to an Old World craft. 

After the film, enjoy a discussion with filmmaker Vicki Vasilopoulous and fashion design curator Dennita Sewell.

Runtime: 1 hour 45 minutes


From the Back Bone of Italy to an Icon of Modern Design
Dec
16
7:00 pm19:00

From the Back Bone of Italy to an Icon of Modern Design

Join Celia Bertoia, Director Harry Bertoia Foundation for this special salon as part of The Best of Italy Salon Series. Discover how the acclaimed mid-century modern designer, Harry Bertoia, drew inspiration from the rural landscape of the small village of San Lorenzo where he grew up through first-hand stories.  His daughter, Celia Bertoia, shares how the nature of Italy influenced his psyche and his work.  

The Best of Italy Salon Series
Whether it’s the way of dressing, or way of eating, a fine wine, or modern furniture design there is a common spirit found in Italian culture.  The Best of Italy series is designed to foster a greater understanding of the distinguishing characteristics of craftsmanship and ideas that give cache to “made in Italy.” These illustrated talks will focus on design, construction, technology, business, marketing strategies and current events.

Lectures are free and open to the public

Seating is limited. Event will be held in Singer Hall

Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004
At Central and McDowell Road. For questions please call 602-257-2180

TREND REPORT WITH FASHION GROUP INTERNATIONAL
Dec
15
6:00 pm18:00

TREND REPORT WITH FASHION GROUP INTERNATIONAL

The Fashion Group International Inc. and The Arizona Costume Institute are joining together to celebrate the holidays and view a special private IPIC Theatre DVD showing of the
2016 International Spring & Summer Designer Fashion Collections straight from the runway and on the big screen!!

Take a break from your holiday shopping and join us a for a fun evening
as we learn what the hottest fashion and accessory trends
will be for this upcoming spring season…even before they hit the stores!!
A not to be missed presentation!!
 
Tuesday December 15, 2015
I PIC Theatre- Scottsdale Quarter
15257 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85254
6:00pm

Cocktails, Hors d’oeuvres, Popcorn & Holiday Sweets served!
 
$50 FGI/ACI Members
$55 Guests
$35 Students with ID
 
In celebration of the Holidays, let’s share the joy!
Please give a fun Teddy Bear and any new cosmetics or toiletries
to surprise the girls at Florence Crittenton!
 
RSVP at spring2016trendreport.eventbrite.com
*Theatre Seating is limited…get your reservations in early!!
RSVP Deadline- Friday, December 11th

Contact us at fgiarizona@gmail.com if you
have any questions or need any further information. 


History of the Classic White Shirt
Dec
2
7:00 pm19:00

History of the Classic White Shirt

Join Dennita Sewell, Curator of Fashion Design, for the first salon of The Best of Italy Salon Series, the History of the Classic White Shirt. From medieval nobles to corporate executives, to style icons such as Katherine Hepburn, a bright white shirt exudes authority and is always in fashion. Learn more about what makes this design timeless and universal.

The Best of Italy Salon Series
Whether it’s the way of dressing, or way of eating, a fine wine, or modern furniture design there is a common spirit found in Italian culture.  The Best of Italy series is designed to foster a greater understanding of the distinguishing characteristics of craftsmanship and ideas that give cache to “made in Italy.” These illustrated talks will focus on design, construction, technology, business, marketing strategies and current events.

Lectures are free to Museum Members and students with ID
$5.00 per lecture for the General public

Seating is limited. Event will be held in Singer Hall

Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004
At Central and McDowell Road. For questions please call 602-257-2180

ITALIAN MASTER OF FASHION SYMPOSIUM
Oct
31
12:30 pm12:30

ITALIAN MASTER OF FASHION SYMPOSIUM

Participate in a lively discussion about legendary Italian fashion designer Gianfranco Ferré with leading fashion experts including: Clarissa Burt – Model, Tatiana Sorokko – Model, Ralph Rucci – Designer, Denise Hale – Friend and client, Rita Airaghi – Director of Fondazione Gianfranco Ferré, Alessandra Arezzi Boza – Curator. Immediately following the program , guests are encouraged to attend a private reception with the panelists in Great Hall. * No Host Bar

Tickets are $60 Adults / $20 Students w/ID

Schedule of events

11:00am:   Exhibition open for preview

1:00pm:    Program begins in Whiteman Hall with a welcome and introduction from  The Sybil Harrington Director, Amada Cruz and Phoenix Art Museum's Curator of Fashion Design Dennita Sewell

1:15pm:    Rita Airaghi, Director of Fondazione Gianfranco Ferre

2:00pm:    Clarissa Burt-model, Tatiana Sorokko-model, Ralph Rucci-designer, Denise Hale-friend and client

2:45pm:    Alessandra Arezzi Boza, Curator

3:30pm:    Reception with no host bar, exhibition is open for preview


Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano
Oct
21
7:00 pm19:00

Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano

October 21

7pm, Whiteman Hall

Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano

In the first decade of the 21st century the fashion world was dominated by two very different but equally successful and turbulent figures. Author Dana Thomas tells the story of how John Galliano and Alexander McQueen and how fashion was changed by their rise and fall. 

Book signing to follow.

Memoir Writing Parties
Aug
19
6:00 pm18:00

Memoir Writing Parties

ACI Memoir Writing Party hosted by Megan Finnerty, Arizona Republic features reporter and founder of Arizona Storytellers Project. 

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Arizona Costume Institute and Fashion Design Collection at Phoenix Art Museum in 2016, the organization invites members to participate by sharing an inspiring story, memory or experience they’ve had while being involved in the organization.  These stories will be shared on a variety of platforms ranging from the ACI website to public presentations.

If you're interested in sharing your experience consider attending one or all three of the memoir writing parties. Megan will help guide and teach you how to organize your thoughts and memories into a dynamic and inspiring story for all to enjoy. 

These events will be held in the Board room of the administration building at Phoenix Art Museum.

Please RSVP below or call Casey Christiansen at 602-257-2151.

Dates available:

August 19th, 2015

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Singer Hall

Name *
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Salon Series: History of Italian Style
Jul
8
Aug 6

Salon Series: History of Italian Style

Salon Series: History of Italian Style with curator of fashion design, Dennita Sewell

Wednesdays, 6pm  Singer Hall at Phoenix Art Museum

 

July 8 - La Dolce Vita

Glamour in the post WWII era

Roberto Cappuci, Emilio Pucci, Shuberth, Simonetta,

July 15 - Made in Italy

Valentino, Missoni, Armani, Versace, Ferre

July 22  - The Italian Look

 Prada, Gucci, Fendi

 

This series is designed to foster a greater understanding of fashion and its role in our culture.  This illustrated will focus on design, construction, technology, business, marketing and PR strategies and current events.

Free and open to the public.  No registration required.

Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004 @ Central and McDowell Road

For questions please call Casey Christiansen at 602-257-2151.

Arizona Storytellers: Stories of a Stylish Life
Mar
4
7:00 pm19:00

Arizona Storytellers: Stories of a Stylish Life

Arizona Storytellers: Stories of a Stylish Life will be held on Wednesday, March 4 from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM at Phoenix Art Museum. Join us for a night of stories from fashionistas, models and retailers as we celebrate fashion, beauty and self-expression from sartorial slip-ups to photo shoots. This night is dedicated to stories of glamour and the pursuit of it in conjunction with azcentral.com, The Arizona Republic and Alliance Bank of Arizona partnering with ACI Nouveau.

Tellers include:

  • Curator of Fashion Design Dennita Sewell
  • Co-founder of ACI Nouveau Celine Rille
  • Owner of Ford Robert Black Agency Sheree Hartwell
  • ACI member Maggie Heiser
  • ACI member Francesca Bianco
  • Barneys New York Display Manager John Stevens
  • Fashion Designer Galina Mihaleva
Celebrating American Fashion Icon: Oscar de la Renta
Jan
21
6:00 pm18:00

Celebrating American Fashion Icon: Oscar de la Renta

Join Fashion Design Curator, Dennita Sewell, as she speaks about Celebrating American Fashion Icon: Oscar de la Renta at 6:00 PM in Singer Hall. Please come and enjoy beautiful visual images and historical background on this amazingly influential and talented American designer. Enlighten your knowledge about the fashion world.

FASHIONED IN AMERICA: OPENING RECEPTION & SCREENING
Oct
10
6:00 pm18:00

FASHIONED IN AMERICA: OPENING RECEPTION & SCREENING

Be the first to preview the fall Ellman Fashion Design Gallery exhibition, Fashioned in America with Curator Dennita Sewell and see an exclusive screening of the new documentary, Make It In America: Empowering Global Fashion with Director James Belzer. The exhibition and film are tandem projects that celebrate American designers who are leading the revitalization of manufacturing in the United States. RSVP here.