ACI Holiday Luncheon

Festive event supports Phoenix Art Museum fashion design collection

Arizona Costume Institute presented its annual Holiday Luncheon on Dec. 9 at Phoenix Art Museum. Tonne Goodman, author and fashion editor of Vogue, was the guest of honor and keynote speaker. More than 350 guests attended the luncheon, which raised in excess of $160,000 in resources for the Museum and its fashion design department.

Goodman began her career in fashion as a model before studying art at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. From there, she quickly moved on to other areas of the industry, working at New York Times Magazine with Carrie Donovan before becoming a stylist for various commercial clients with Life Magazine. In 1988, she was appointed vice president of advertising for Calvin Klein, where she created iconic imagery for the company. Subsequently at Harper’s Bazaar she worked alongside Liz Tilberis before ultimately joining Anna Wintour at Vogue in 1999. DurIng her tenure as the magazine’s fashion director for almost 20 years, she was responsible for dramatic editorials and eye-catching covers. Goodman was awarded the Eleanore Lambert Award in 2010 from the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

In addition to a presentation by Goodman and remarks by Helen Jean, interim fashion curator at Phoenix Art Museum, the event featured 10 gowns from the Museum’s fashion design collection on display as well as a champagne reception, a style-focused raffle and cuisine provided by Santa Barbara Catering.

Jennifer Carmer chaired the luncheon, and Priscilla Nicholas served as honorary chair.

The evening prior to the event, presenting sponsors Chrissy and Mitch Sayare of To Be Continued boutique, hosted a VIP cocktail party in their Paradise Valley home for the top luncheon donors. About 30 people attended the event.


Billie Joe Herberger and Liz Agboola; Michelle Blincoe, Priscilla Nicholas and Charlene Berge Blum

Tonne Goodman

Camerone Parker McCulloch and Paula Taylor

Dr. Kati Festy-Sandor

Chrissy Sayare and Kristine Thompson

Diane Halle, Matthew Boland, Priscilla Nicholas and Miriam Sukhman

Susan von Hellens, Tochia Levine and Caroline Harbeck Farkas

Charlene Berge Blum, Lynne Love, Perrine and Alice Adams, and Madonna Hall Newman

Adrienne Schiffner and Eileen Yeung

Lisa Portigal and Raquel McPherson

Gary Jackson, Gerda Ray, Linda Herold, Oscar De las salas and Kristine Thompson

Lynne Love and Tracy Katz

Ruby Farias designs in silent auction

The table settings

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