Press RoomArizona Costume Institute 2022 Holiday Luncheon to feature designer Rubin Singer

Arizona Costume Institute 2022 Holiday Luncheon to feature designer Rubin Singer

Arizona Costume Institute 2022 Holiday Luncheon to feature designer Rubin Singer
Sep, 21, 2022

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Arizona Costume Institute 2022 Holiday Luncheon to feature designer Rubin Singer

Tickets to the Valley’s fashion party of the year are on sale now

PHOENIX (September 21, 2022) – On December 5, 2022, Arizona Costume Institute will host the Valley’s most anticipated fashion fundraising event of the year—its annual Holiday Luncheon in support of the fashion-design department of Phoenix Art Museum. This year’s luncheon will feature designer Rubin Singer as the keynote speaker and is chaired by Jill Krigsten and DeeDee Vecchione. Tickets are on sale now to the general public.

American fashion designer Rubin Singer is best known for dressing celebrities such as Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Ariana Grande, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, and Zendaya and is often tasked with creating fashions that must perform at the highest level, including Beyoncé’s Super Bowl half-time look and costumes for leading names in the opera circuit, from Anna Netrebko to Sondra Radvanovsky. Text Box: Image credit: Courtesy of Rubin Singer.Born in Vienna to a family of couturiers, Singer was exposed from a young age to refined techniques. His grandfather was one of the most celebrated designers in Eastern Europe, dressing Russian royalty, political figures, and the social elite, and his father, Alik, created costumes for the Bolshoi Ballet and Stanislavski Theater, before moving to Paris and establishing an atelier. Singer studied at Central Saint Martins in London. He then worked in New York as an associate designer for Oscar de la Renta until Bill Blass scouted him as head designer for Blass’ three licensees. Singer went on to become head designer at the Kai Milla company, before launching his first collection under his own name, which debuted during New York Fashion Week in 2007. Since then, he has created 71 collections that showcase his extraordinary tailoring and theatrical vision. He also has a successful ready-to-wear career, producing special collections for QVC, and has partnered with world-renowned brands such as Lufthansa and Hyundai.

In addition to a presentation from Singer, attendees of the 2022 ACI Holiday Luncheon will enjoy a champagne reception, a plated two-course lunch, and a raffle featuring high-end, luxury items from both local and nationally recognized designers, boutiques, and businesses.

Seating for the 2022 ACI Holiday Luncheon is limited. Tickets are available here and range from $350 to $1,000, with table and sponsorship opportunities also available.

Members of the community are encouraged to join Arizona Costume Institute at to ensure they are among the first to learn about other exciting programming details. ACI members will also enjoy an exclusive discount on tickets to this highly anticipated event.

All proceeds from the 2022 ACI Holiday Luncheon benefit fashion exhibitions, acquisitions, and education programming at Phoenix Art Museum.

2022 ACI Holiday Luncheon Committee
Listings as of 09.09.22


Jill Krigsten
DeeDee Vecchione


Ina Manaster


Perrine Adams
Ronna Beeson
Lisa Bell
Matthew Boland
Jennifer Carmer
Libby Cohen
Oscar De las salas
Emily Dietz
Shawnee Doherty
Carol Dries
Aaron Eagles
Katherine Emery
Ruby Farias
Wendy Farrell
Kati Festy-Sandor
Lisa Geyser
Carol Guimarin Warstler
Missi Harrington
Holly Hayes
Jan Herwick
Dawna Holtz
Justine Hurry
Donna Johnson
Jennifer Kline
Brooke Levy
Lynne Love
Barbara Lytle
Denise McManus
Tina Majerle
Ina Manaster
Victoria Marcell Admire
Martha Martin Henkel
Kathie May
Beth McRae
Michael Mazzocco
Yvette Meek
Patti Oleson
Diane O’Malley
Donna Pettigrew Hicks
Tobi Placenti
Lisa Portigal
Shirley Prest
Helene Presutti
Sherri Quinn
Bea Rocklin
Vanessa Ruiz
Chrissy Sayare
Jennifer Schuitemaker
Lisa Shapiro
Nancy Singer
Khamsone Sirimanivong
Joy Sprink
Kelley Sucher
Lauri Termansen
Vicki Vaughn


Alliance Bank
to be continued…
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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 2022-2023 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 leading 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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