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 28, 2020-June 21, 2020 in the Ellman Fashion Design Gallery, and coinciding with India Fashion Week, the exhibition will feature more than 40 garments and accessories including 19th century examples, designer works by 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.
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.