This fall, Phoenix Art Museum will present Gianfranco Ferré Designs, a unique companion installation to The White Shirt According to Me. Gianfranco Ferré, in the Museum’s Ellman Fashion Design Gallery. Featuring more than 80 sketches by Ferré, the drawings include both illustrative and technical examples of Ferré’s unique, vibrant style, along with the completed translations of Ferré’s initial conception to the three dimensional garment.
“This installation offers visitors a rare opportunity to truly explore a designer’s creative process, to understand the path a garment travels from imagination and conception to the technical elements, and finally the finished product,” explains Dennita Sewell, Curator of Fashion Design, who organized and curated this exhibition. “It’s a rare opportunity, especially for a designer of Ferré’s skill, artistry, and vision.”
Gianfranco Ferré, Grey wool pantsuit, Prêt-à-Porter, Spring/Summer 1988 (detail). Pencil, fine black felt-tip pen, colored felt-tip pen on construction paper. Lent by Gianfranco Ferré Foundation.
Gianfranco Ferré Designs was organized by the Gianfranco Ferré Foundation in Milan and Phoenix Art Museum. Tell your friends you’ve seen the work of a design master via social media with #Ferreinphx! Gianfranco Ferré Designs was organized by the Gianfranco Ferré Foundation in Milan and Phoenix Art Museum. Major exhibition support provided by Arizona Costume Institute and Mrs. Lee T. Hanley. Additional support provided by APS, Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP, and Richard and Susan Goldsmith. Promotional support provided by Branded Cities, The Ellman Foundation, Scottsdale Fashion Square, Kierland Commons & Biltmore Fashion Park with additional support provided by Desert Ridge Marketplace.
Gianfranco Ferré, Alta Moda, Fall/Winter 1988/1989 (detail). Pin-striped silk organza skirt and stole, Pleated tulle crinolines with lace appliqués, Pencil, fine black felt-tip pen, colored felt-tip pen, pastel crayon on construction paper. Lent by Gianfranco Ferré Foundation.
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