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Phoenix Art Museum celebrates 50 years of fashion

Sharlene Celeskey, Contemporary Culture, Puma Press

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The Phoenix Art Museum celebrated the prestigious opening of their new show “Fifty Years of Fashion at Phoenix Art Museum“ on April 2. Their sneak preview of the exhibition included a cocktail party with guests dressed in their glitzy and glamorous best. Fashion curator Phoenix Art Museum.  Dennita Sewell Curator of Fashion Design introduced special guests and a collection that spanned from 1760 to the present. Designer Bob Mackie who is well versed in glamorous gowns (he is Cher’s designer) gave a short speech on the importance of studying and appreciating the history of fashion, including the garment’s construction. Designer Isabel Toledo and her husband graphic artist Ruben Toledo talked about how they became involved in the fashion world. Ruben painted all the backgrounds for the fashion displays. This collection includes formal wear, daywear, suits, shoes and accessories spanning over two-and-a-half centuries. The show will be on exhibit at The Phoenix Art Museum until Sunday, August 7, 2016. For more information, go to http://www.phxart.org/collection/fashion.

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