Exhibition Details

Location: The Kelly Ellman Fashion Design Gallery
Dates: March 21, 2008
to August 17, 2008


Ralph Rucci, a New York City based fashion designer, established his label and independently owned company, Chado Ralph Rucci in 1994. Chado is the name of an ancient Japanese ceremony involving 331 steps for preparing, serving and drinking tea. Hei felt this discipline and attention to details aligned with the philosophy he wanted to pursue in design and view of his work as a life-long learning process involving respect, tranquility, grace and integrity. Rucci does not follow mainstream fashion trends, but works on a steady evolution of his own unique vision.

The clothing in this exhibition is drawn from Rucci’s own archive of his work and selected private clients. This installation reflects the sequence of an actual runway show—day to evening. They represent a selection of Rucci’s signatures styles and original techniques and their progression over the last 25 years which have garnered him the distinction of being one of only two Americans in history to be invited to a member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, the closely guarded Parisian establishment that governs the world’s highest level of fashion design and production.

Seeing his work at Paris Fashion Week recently, Cathy Horyn of the New York Times writes

"his collection on Sunday night was more engrossing, more dramatic and more particular than many shows here"

His work is described as having "impeccable grace" by the International Herald Tribune.

Don't miss this opportunity to see his work up close and personal!

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Image Credits

Left: Detail of Ralph Rucci, Skirt, fall 2003, silk organza skirt with horsehair braid embellishment. Gift of Chado Ralph Rucci. Photo by Ken Howie. Center: Detail of Embroidered Evening Dress, Ralph Rucci, Spring 2006, printed silk gazar with emboidery. Lent by Chado Ralph Rucci. Photo by Ken Howie.. Right: Ralph Rucci, Gown and Shawl, 2003. Double-faced wool with black lacquered ostrich feathers. Gift of Chado Ralph Rucci. Photo by Ken Howie.

This exhibition is sponsored by Diane and Bruce Halle and One Scottsdale. Additional support provided by Neiman Marcus. Promotional support for this exhibition has been provided by Cox Communications, Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Scottsdale Public Libraries.