Exhibition Details

Location: Steele Gallery
Dates: November 4, 2015
to March 6, 2016


Known as the “architect of fashion” and the purveyor of “power dressing,” Italian fashion designer Gianfranco Ferré never ceased to view the white shirt as the archetypal expression of his approach to design and style.

Repeatedly reconstructed and redefined in a ceaseless quest for new cultural and formal interpretations, Ferré’s white shirt was simultaneously a magnificent obsession, a creative diversion, a symbol of ideal beauty and a personal means of communicating the infinite possibilities of fashion and design. A constant presence and major theme throughout Ferré’s 30-year career, the white shirt became the designer’s “hallmark of style” and a “lexicon of contemporary elegance.”

A graduate of Milan Polytechnic Institute in architecture, Ferré began his own label in 1978 by launching a woman’s prêt-à-porter collection and later a men’s clothing, a wide range of accessories and his own Alta Moda line in Rome. From 1989-1997, Gianfranco Ferré was appointed Artistic Director of Christian Dior. Known for his classic but powerful clothes constructed in the highest quality materials, Ferré’s designs represent the elegance and cache of “made in Italy.”

The White Shirt According to Me. Gianfranco Ferré includes a selection of 27 of Ferré’s most significant white shirts created over the course of his career (1982-2006). Sketches, technical designs, photographs and videos from the archives of the Gianfranco Ferré Foundation will offer visitors the chance to go beyond the confines of fashion and examine the methods, techniques and precision Ferré applied to each of his designs.

This exhibition is designed, produced and curated by the Gianfranco Ferré Foundation and by the Prato Textile Museum Foundation. 

Share your love for this simple garment via social media with #WhiteShirtPhx! No photography is permitted in this exhibition.


The White Shirt According to Me: Gianfranco Ferré is included with general admission and free for Museum Members. Not a Member yet, click here

Special policies and fees apply during voluntary donation time on Wednesdays from 3 to 9 p.m., First Fridays from 6 to 10 p.m., and Second Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m. general admission for this special exhibition is reduced to $8 for adults, and $5 for youth ages 6-17 (This price also includes admission to Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane Masterpiece Drawings from the Casa Buonarroti exhibition through March 27, 2016).

Group Sales

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Image Credits

Left: Gianfranco Ferré, Sailor Glam shirt, S/S 1982, prêt á porter, look 84. Silk organza, honeycomb patterned cotton pique. X-Ray simulation image by Leonardo Salvini. Courtesy of Gianfranco Ferré Foundation.
Middle: Gianfranco Ferré, Scomposta shirt, F/W 1994, prêt á porter, look 96. Nylon tulle, silk taffetta. Photo by Luca Stoppini. Courtesy of Gianfranco Ferré Foundation.
Right: Gianfranco Ferré, Classic Glamour shirt, F/W 1990, prêt á porter, look 72. Silk organza. X-Ray simulation image by Leonardo Salvini. Courtesy of Gianfranco Ferré Foundation.

Exhibition Sponsors

The White Shirt According to Me: Gianfranco Ferré was organized by the Gianfranco Ferré Foundation in Milan and the Prato Textile Museum Foundation.

Major exhibition support provided by Arizona Costume Institute and Mrs. Lee T. Hanley.


Additional support provided by APS, Lewis Roca Rothgerber, and Richard and Susan Goldsmith


Promotional support provided by Branded Cities, The Ellman Foundation, Scottsdale Fashion Square, Kierland Commons & Biltmore Fashion Park with additional support provided by Desert Ridge Marketplace.