Glamour in the post-WWII era. Roberto Cappuci, Emilio Pucci, Shuberth, Simonetta…

Luckily I was in Arizona for a visit during the same time that the Phoenix Art Museum hosted their Salon Series: History of Italian Style | La Dolce Vita; which was led by Curator of Fashion Design, Dennita Sewell, of the Arizona Costume Institute.

It was hosted inside Singer Hall; which sits across the courtyard from the Phoenix Theater and is caddy corner from the outside view of the restaurant Pallete (which relocated from Fillmore and 3rd Avenue).

Their was a large audience, which eventually made for a warm room, but thankfully I had my fan in hand. Filled to capacity, they had to bring out more chairs and still ended up with people standing lined up against the wall.

The curator explained very interesting facts about the American bailout of the Italian Fashion Industry, which I had never heard about before. She also shared some great stories about Hollywood’s influence on Fashion, along with some great photos from vintage fashion magazines and newspapers.

Dennita Sewell was so lovely, in that she brought along a vintage collection of Italian designed note cards, which still carried a slight hint of the scent that initially graced them. There were 3 dresses brought up from the Arizona Costume Institute collection of vintage Italian Designers. My favorite was designed by Emilio Pucci and is photographed above.

This event was FREE and open to the public, as it was part of the Phoenix Art Museum’s #FreeAdmissionWednesday.

Here is a short slide show of what I had the pleasure of viewing…

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You will find a host of fashion events taking place at the Phoenix Art Museum and during their salon series events this summer you will learn all about the American Influence on Italian Fashion Design, as well as the influence of Italian Fashion on America. The next Salon Series will highlight the History of Italian Style Made in Italy, taking place on July 15, 2015 at 6pm, hosted in the Great Hall. Curator Dennita Sewell will lead this series, which is highlights the history of Valentino, Missoni, Armani, Versace, Ferre…

Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004-1685


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