Exhibition Details

Location: Ellman Fashion Design Gallery and Harnett Gallery
Dates: February 29, 2020
to June 21, 2020
The exhibition India: Fashion’s Muse will explore western fashion’s centuries-long love affair with the riches of India. Inspiring designers from streetwear to couture, the opulence of India has generated global fashion trends that have outlived empires.
Exhibiting from February 29, 2020 through June 21, 2020 in the Ellman Fashion Design Gallery, and coinciding with India Fashion Week, the exhibition will feature more than 50 enembles and an array of accessories and ephemera including 19th century examples, designer works by Anamika Khanna, Pierre Balmain, Jean Louis, Branell, Bob Mackie, Versace, Olivier Lapidus, Halston, Givenchy and more from Phoenix Art Museum’s fashion collection.
Currently, the Indian community is the third largest immigrant population in Arizona, with an estimated 45,000 Indian families. India: Fashion’s Muse culminates with today’s modern Indian fashion designers who are expertly merging the exquisite craft of the ancient world with the aesthetics and technology of the 21st century. 

India: Fashion’s Muse is organized by Phoenix Art Museum. It is made possible through the generosity of Arizona Costume Institute and The Virginia M. Ullman Foundation with additional support from the Museum’s Circles of Support and Museum Members.

Image credit (homepage): Alexander McQueen, Peacock Dress, Fall/Winter 2008-2009. Courtesy of the FIDM Museum at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles. Commissioned 2010: Funds donated by Karen Coombs-Jordan.
Image credit: Irene, Evening Dress with Scarf, 1958. Lurex and silk brocade and silk chiffon. Gift of Mrs. B. J. Leonard.
Image credit: Mary McFadden, Jacket and Skirt, early 1980s. Silk velvet with metal and bead embroidery, Gift of Mrs. Jacquie Dorrance.
Image credit: Dress, 1820s. Cotton eyelet lace. Arizona Costume Institute Purchase.
Image credit: Olivier Lapidus, Dress, fall 1994. Silk velvet and gold lame with wrapped thread appliqué. Gift of Olivier Lapidus in honor of the exhibition Extending the Runway: Tatiana Sorroko Style


Free for Members, veterans and active-duty Militaryand youth aged 5 and under.

General Admission:
$23 — Adults
$20 — Senior Citizens (Ages 65+)
$18 — Students (with ID) 

— Youth (Ages 6-17)

All exhibitions are included with General Admission.



Voluntary-Donation Hours

This exhibition is open to the public for $8 (adult) / $5 (youth) during voluntary-donation, pay-what-you-wish hours from 3–9 pm each Wednesday, from 6–10 pm on the first Friday of each month, and is free for youth ages 17 and under from 10 am5 pm on the last Saturday of each month during Creative Saturdays: Free Under 18

Group Sales

Interested in coming as a group? For group sales information, click here.
Arizona Costume Institute (ACI) Exhibition Preview 
Friday, February 28 | 6 pm

This event is open to ACI members and invited guests only. Not an ACI member? Join here!
Free Under 18: Creative Saturdays
Saturday, February 29 | 10 am - 5 pm
Free general admission for Members and visitors under 18! From noon to 4pm visitors of all ages and abilities are invited to join us for hands-on experiences inspired by the Museum’s collection.  All materials provided. 
ACI Book Club
Friday, March 20 | 10 am 
The ACI Book Club is open to all ACI members with an interest in exploring the world of fashion focused literature. Not an ACI member? Join here!

Tours of India: Fashion's Muse & Sari Draping Demonstrations
Wednesday, March 25 | 5:30 pm
Arizona Costume Institute invites the public to join a tour of the new exhibition with Interim Curator of Fashion Helen Jean followed by a 30-minute sari draping demonstrationa nd brief talk led by the India Association of Phoenix. 


Media images and credit lines: Download here 
Press Release: Download here
Media Contact: Melissa Dunmore, Communications Specialist, melissa.dunmore@phxart.org