India: Fashion’s Muse

Phoenix Art Museum explores western fashion’s love affair with the riches of India

Phoenix Art Museum presents India: Fashion’s Muse, an exhibition that explores 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.

Bill Blass; coat of two-piece ensemble;
pants of two-piece ensemble; 1980s; brocade;
Collection of Phoenix Art Museum, gift of Mrs. Hugh Downs

Exhibiting from Feb. 29, through June 21 in the Ellman Fashion Design Gallery, and coinciding with India Fashion Week, the show features more than 50 ensembles and an array of accessories and ephemera 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.

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.


India: Fashion’s Muse

Feb. 29 – June 21

Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

For more information, visit phxart.org.

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