Eye on Fashion: The Kelly Ellman Collection
December 3, 2015 – February 26, 2017
The EYES have it he Fashion Design Department at Phoenix Art Museum Tpreserving was formed in 1966, with a goal of collecting and clothing and textiles of historic and aesthetic
significance. Through the support of donors and collectors throughout the decades, the collection grew to include more than 8,000 individual objects, and is recognized around the world.
Today, no name is perhaps more synonymous with the Museum’s fashion collection than Kelly Ellman, the collector, donor, and namesake of the collection’s Ellman Gallery. A major benefactor of the collection, Ellman’s unique eye for couture has led to some of the most significant contributions in the collection’s history. Some of the most distinguished objects will be on view in Eye on Fashion, celebrating Ellman’s unique vision. This exhibition, curated by Dennita Sewell, the Jacquie Dorrance Curator of Fashion Design, examines the parallels between Ellman’s contributions and the perspective they provide on fashion history. From leopard print and the tromp l’oeil design of a Roberta diCamerino dress to a collection of “trucker jackets” –Levi Strauss & Co.’s collaboration with Todd Oldham, Christian Francis Roth, and Rudi Gernreich— the Ellman pieces present an exciting, dimensional glimpse into the tastes of one of fashion’s most Eye on Fashion: The Kelly Ellman Collection is organized by Phoenix Art Museum. It is important collectors. made possible through the generosity of donors to Phoenix Art Museum’s annual fund. Dress, 2006, Stephano Pilati for Yves Saint Laurent. Gift of Kelly Ellman. Photo by Ken Howie.
“I BELIEVE IN THE VALUE OF THE FASHION DESIGN COLLECTION FOR THE COMMUNITY AND ITS IMPACT ON GENERATIONS TO COME. FASHION ATTRACTS A DIVERSE AUDIENCE, ESPECIALLY YOUNG PEOPLE, AND GETS THEM INVOLVED IN THE MUSEUM.” – KELLY ELLMAN
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