Exhibition Details

Location: Ellman Fashion Design Gallery
Dates: October 11, 2014
to March 15, 2015


Fashioned in America, is an exhibition about how economics, ecology and labor ethics are driving a revival of fashion designs made in the United States. Featuring more than 40 ensembles and accessories, Fashioned in America highlights work by contemporary designers such as Ralph Rucci, Anna Sui, Nanette Lepore, and J. Mendel whose vision and talent are invigorating the revival of U.S. clothing manufacturing.

Demand for American-made goods is prompting retailers to bolster their plans to manufacture in the U.S. This cultural shift has wide reaching economic implications and harkens to an era of American self-reliance. Technology, better quality and hands on control are catalysts that American designers and manufacturers are using to increase their global competitive edge. The impetus for bringing more apparel production to the U.S. is part of a groundswell of interest in where goods come from and the value of buying domestically. 

Fashioned in America is presented in tandem with the release of Make it in America (2014), a new documentary directed by James Belzer. The film explores the reinvigoration of domestic apparel production highlighted by interviews with Martha Stewart, Nanette Lepore and Andrew Rosen among others. Fashioned in America will include an edited version of the film, a visual history of the garment industry and interviews that feature key makers, designers and influencers working in fashion today.

The exhibition is drawn from Phoenix Art Museum’s extensive fashion design archive, design houses and private collections. Social photography is encouraged in this exhibition. Share your visit with #fashionedinamerica.

Group Sales

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Make It In America: Empowering Global Fashion - Trailer from James Belzer on Vimeo.

Public Programs

Talk | Student Salon: Fashioned in America - October 11, 10:30 a.m.

Talk | Fashioning the Future - November 5, 7:00 p.m.

Talk | The Elder Statesman's Greg Chait - December 13, 11:30 a.m.

Film Screening | Make it in America: Empowering Global Fashion - January 2, 7:00 p.m.

Image Credit

Left: Yeolee Teng (American, born 1955) “Mobius” ensemble, Fall 2008. Double-faced wool, viscose and elastane. Gift of Yeohlee Teng in honor of the exhibition Extending the Runway: Tatiana Sorokko Style. Photo by Ken Howie. Middle: Nanette Lepore (American, born 1964), Dress, Fall  2013. Cotton, viscose and leather. Lent by Nanette Lepore. Photo by Ken Howie. Right: Anna Sui (American, born 1964), Dress, Spring 2014. Polyester tulle with cotton and nylon embroidery. Lent by Anna Sui. Photo by Ken Howie. 

Exhibition Sponsors

The exhibition is organized by Phoenix Art Museum.

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