Press RoomArizona Costume Institute 2021 Holiday Luncheon to feature award-winning celebrity designer Michael Costello

Arizona Costume Institute 2021 Holiday Luncheon to feature award-winning celebrity designer Michael Costello

Arizona Costume Institute 2021 Holiday Luncheon to feature award-winning celebrity designer Michael Costello
Sep, 16, 2021

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Arizona Costume Institute 2021 Holiday Luncheon to feature award-winning celebrity designer Michael Costello

Tickets to the Valley’s fashion party of the year with the Project Runway alum are nearly sold out

PHOENIX (September 16, 2021) – On December 6, 2021, Arizona Costume Institute marks the return of its annual Holiday Luncheon by presenting Emmy-award winning designer Michael Costello as the keynote speaker. Tickets to the in-person luncheon, the first major event hosted at Phoenix Art Museum since the institution’s closure in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are on sale now to the general public.

A self-taught designer, Michael Costello began drawing dresses on his bedroom walls at the age of 2 and by 15, he had opened his first store. While many may recognize him from Lifetime’s Project Runway franchise, Costello has since built a massive empire by helping women of all shapes and sizes feel beautiful. His exquisite dresses have dominated every prestigious red-carpet award show, from the GRAMMYs to the Oscars, and have been worn by stars such as Beyoncé, JLo, Lady Gaga, Kate Hudson, and more. His designs have been featured in all major fashion publications, including Vogue, Women’s Wear Daily, The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, and Apparel News, and several of his dresses are on display at the GRAMMY Museum. Today, Costello continues to capture the world with his stunning creations.

In addition to a presentation from Costello, attendees of the 2021 ACI Holiday Luncheon will enjoy a champagne reception, a plated three-course lunch, and a raffle featuring high-end, luxury items from both local and nationally recognized designers, boutiques, and businesses.

Seating for the 2021 ACI Holiday Luncheon will be limited. Tickets are available here and range from $200 to $1,000, with table and sponsorship opportunities also available. All proceeds benefit fashion exhibitions, acquisitions, and education programming at Phoenix Art Museum. The Museum will provide updated information about COVID-19 precautions in the weeks leading up to the event.

Michael Costello. Photo credit: Phyllis Lane.
Michael Costello. Photo credit: Phyllis Lane.

2021 ACI Holiday Luncheon Committee


Donna Johnson
Lisa Shapiro


Diane Halle


Perrine Adams
Ronna Beeson
Lisa Bell
Matthew Boland
Jennifer Carmer
Libby Cohen
Oscar De las salas
Emily Dietz
Shawnee Doherty
Katherine Emery
Wendy Ferrell
Kati Festy-Sandor
Ann Fuller
Amanda Garmany
Lisa Geyser
Janet Henrich-Glaser
Jan Herwick
Dawna Holtz
Jill Krigsten Riley
Lynne Love
Barbara Lytle
Laura Madden
Kathie May
Mary Ellen McKee
Beth McRae
Priscilla Nicholas
Patti Oleson
Donna Pettigrew Hicks
Shirley Prest
Helene Presutti
Sherri Quinn
Marc Reed
Chrissy Sayare
Tracy Serena
Carol Shriber
Khamsone Sirimanivong
Amy Slethaug
Joy Sprink
Kelley Sucher
Lauri Termansen
Vicki Vaughn
DeeDee Vecchione
Kelly Welty


to be continued… a consignment boutique

About Arizona Costume Institute

Arizona Costume Institute was founded in 1966 to support the fashion-design department of Phoenix Art Museum through the acquisition and preservation of garments and accessories of historical and aesthetic significance and through events and fundraising efforts that support and deepen awareness of the Museum’s fashion exhibitions and education programs. ACI’s support of this collection area depends on the enthusiasm of dedicated volunteers. The ACI Board of Managers 2021 president is Khamsone Sirimanivong.  To learn more about Arizona Costume Institute, visit

About the Fashion-Design Collection at Phoenix Art Museum

Founded in 1966, the fashion-design collection of Phoenix Art Museum is notable for its quality and comprehensiveness. More than 8,000 objects comprise the collection, including American and European men’s, women’s, and children’s dress and accessories dating from the late 17th century to the present. The Museum organizes two fashion exhibitions annually, which are curated by Helen Jean, the institution’s Jacquie Dorrance Curator of Fashion Design, and presented in the Kelly Ellman Fashion Design Gallery. Phoenix Art Museum is one of only seven art museums in the United States with a long and continuously active fashion program.

About Phoenix Art Museum

Since 1959, Phoenix Art Museum has provided millions of guests with access to world-class art and experiences in an effort to ignite imaginations, create meaningful connections, and serve as a brave space for all people who wish to experience the transformative power of art. Located in Phoenix’s Central Corridor, the Museum is a vibrant destination for the visual arts and the largest art museum in the southwestern United States. Each year, more than 300,000 guests engage with critically acclaimed national and international exhibitions and the Museum’s collection of more than 20,000 works of American and Western American, Asian, European, Latin American, modern and contemporary art, and fashion design. The Museum also presents a comprehensive film program, live performances, and educational programs designed for visitors of all ages, along with vibrant photography exhibitions made possible through the Museum’s landmark partnership with the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona. To learn more about Phoenix Art Museum, visit, or call 602.257.1880.

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