Exhibition Details

Location: Ellman Fashion Design Gallery
Dates: March 2, 2013
to July 14, 2013


Advances in digital textile printing have brought about the widespread use in fashion design of a new range of prints in bold, eye-catching patterns and colors. Over the past two decades, technological advances in graphics software, photography and ink-jet printing have expanded the range of possible image sources, the potential for image manipulation, and the rapid production of intricate patterns in limitless colors. These digital tools also aid fashion designers in engineering the custom placement of a print on a garment as so the notion of the repeat in a print design that was once dictated by the limitations of production methods may now be based on aesthetic choices. 

This exhibition featuring over 40 works by contemporary designers including Mary Katrantzou, Alexander McQueen, Ralph Rucci and Issey Miyake among others incorporate digitally printed textiles in their designs. In addition, a selection of works outlining the history of printed textiles from Phoenix Art Museum’s fashion design collection will give context to these revolutionary looks.

Image Credits

Left: Mary Katrantzou, Dress, Fall 2012. Printed organza. Lent by Carol Mack. Mary Katrantzou, Dress, Fall 2011. Printed cotton pique. Lent by Carol Mack. Middle: Alexander McQueen, Dress, Spring 2010. Printed. Lent by Suzy Kellems Dominik. Right: Alexander McQueen, Dress, Spring 2010. Printed. Lent by Suzy Kellems Dominik.

Exhibition Sponsors


This exhibition is organized by Phoenix Art Museum and made possible by The Virginia M. Ullman Foundation. Additional support provided by The Ellman Foundation and Arizona Costume Institute.