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Fashion Week Favorites: Top 8 April Fashion Events

Spring has sprung and so has your social calendar, thanks to this month’s edition of our ‘Fashion Week Favorites’, listing off the top fashion events to attend in April.

Gallery Talk: Digital Print Fashion at Phoenix Art Museum – Wednesday, April 3rd, 7pm

Curator Dennita Sewell explores how technological advances in graphics software, photography and ink-jet printing have expanded the range of possible image sources, the potential for image manipulation, and the rapid production of intricate patterns in limitless colors.

IMAGE: Alexander McQueen, Dress, spring 2010. Printed. Lent by Suzy Kellims Dominick.

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Fashion Journalism Lecture at Phoenix Art Museum – Thursday, April 17th, 7pm

Christina Binkley, who writes for the Wall Street Journal, discusses her recent article on digital prints in fashion and other technologies that impact the fashion world.

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Green Street Realty Presents: Spring/Summer Fashion Show + Celebration – Thursday, April 18th, 6pm

Partnering with Phoenix Fashion Week for the 2nd year in a row, join Green Street Realty for another rooftop fashion show event featuring top local designers, sips and lite bites, along with a live silent auction to benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital!

Details + tickets here:


The Shine Project Beauty Bar Event at The Fashion Hub  – Saturday, April 20th, 6-9pm

This event is a beauty bar hop located at Phoenix Fashion Week’s newest office location, The Fashion Hub. Come with your friends and join other women in the valley to get your nails, hair, eyebrows and make up done, with all proceeds going to our charity, The Shine Project! In addition to being pampered, there will also be a raffle, silent auction, live entertainment, light food, and drinks!
Details + tickets here:

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Latino Live at Wild Horse Pass Hotel + Casino – Saturday, April 20th, 7pm

Latino Fashion Live is a two hour fashion extravaganza featuring fashion shows, musical entertainment and dancing. Fashion shows displaying fashions meticulously crafted by top designers including Phoenix Fashion Week’s own Established Designer Silvia Bours, will feature top Latina models in a high energy display.

Details + tickets here:


Spring Swap Phoenix Presented by CO-OPhx  – Sunday, April 21st, 11am-4pm

CO-OPhx presents the Spring Swap PHX, a clothing swap, clothing drive and community shopping occasion for ladies and gents. Hosted by 3 neighboring vintage shops on 6th Street and Garfield (GROWop, cellardoor vintage and Annie Boomer’s Vintage) this is a great swap-ortunity to meet new friends and find new-to-you items.

Tickets include tasty sweets, savory treats and spring time drinks. Please see full schedule for included style tutorial times and topics as well as DIY booths and live music!

Details + swap tickets here:


Vintage Market at Westworld  – Saturday, April 27th, 8am – 3pm

With a commitment to unique and creative local Arizona vendors, attendees are sure to find something they love. From all things chippy, rusty, vintage and handmade, you are sure to find that perfect vintage dress, a one-of-a-kind piece of furniture, handmade jewelry, or one of hundreds of other amazing treasures for your home or garden. You can also look forward to fabulous giveaways, vintage photo opportunities and infinite amounts of design inspiration!

A portion of all ticket sales will help support the Paradise Valley/North Scottsdale Young Life chapter.

Details + tickets here:


2nd Annual Arizona Blogger Conference Hosted by the Phoenix Style Collective – Saturday, April 27th, 5pm

Blogging enthusiasts from all over the state will get out from behind their computer screen and come together for an evening of fun with other blog chatting, instagraming, outfit posing, ladies and gentleman! Year two of this fantastic event will take place at the Hotel Palomar in downtown Phoenix, starting at 5 p.m. There will be a mini pop up shop marketplace, delicious bites to nosh while you network, mix and mingle with other blog lovers. And of course, there will be those famous goodie bags!

This year’s speakers will include Jessie of Style and Pepper, Danielle of Sometimes Sweet, Sarah of Emma Magazine, and Sara of Frances Vintage.

More details + tickets here:


*Which April event are you most looking forward to? Share with us in the comments below! 

Article by Lauren Pfingstag for Phoenix Fashion Week

“The Resource For All Things Fashionable”

Fashion Week Favorites: 7 Events to Attend in February

Another month, another list of incredible fashion events! Whatever your plans are for February, make sure to mark your calendars for these fashion events happening around the Valley (in order by date):

1.) The Ten Most Exciting Photographers I Learned About This Year – February 6th, 7pm at Phoenix Art Museum.

Hear about new trends from Whitney Johnson is Director of Photography at The New Yorker where she oversees the photographic vision for the print magazine, digital editions, and the website. For more information, visit the Phoenix Art Museum website.


2.) Puppy Love Project, presented by Phoenix Style Collective + Co-hoots – Thursday, February 7th 6:30pm

Our friends and creative minds at Phoenix Style Collective and Co-hoots in Phoenix have partnered to put on this shopping event and silent auction/raffle to benefit Arizona Humane Society. Pull out your wallets to shop amazing brands for a great cause, enjoy treats and D.I.Y station! For more information, visit:!


3.) Prabal Gurung x Target Collection Launch – Sun, February 10th at participating Target stores and online

The newest Target designer collaboration has fashionistas and editors in a frenzy! Prabal Gurung x Target has your spring wardrobe covered…find out which looks we can’t wait to scoop up!

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4.) Verdura– February 13th, 12:30pm at Phoenix Art Museum

Explore the history of this American fine art jeweler who created signature works for Coco Chanel and many Hollywood icons and socialites.


5.) Fashion AZ Meetup, hosted by Phoenix Fashion Week – Wed, February 13th 6-8pm at UNION Biltmore!

Bring your business cards, portfolio and a fashionable friend for another night of networking, shopping and giveaways at this NEW multi-shop experience featuring loads of local brands! For more information and to RSVP, visit the Fashion AZ Meetup website!


6.) Beauty Event Preview Party– February 20th, 11am at Neiman Marcus Scottsdale

From one beauty lover to another…experience the latest in beauty with mini-makeovers, a trend presentation, and more at Neiman Marcus’ Preview Party! To RSVP, call 480.990.2100 ext 1443.


7.) RAW Phoenix: Discovery Showcase – Thursday, February 28th 7pm at Martini Ranch

RAW natural born artists is an independent arts organization that hand-selects and spotlights independent creatives in visual art, film, fashion, music, hair & makeup artistry, photography, and performing art. Join them on February 28th for their Season Opening Show! For more information and to purchase your tickets, click HERE.


* Which fashion event are you most looking forward to this month? 

Written by Lauren Pfingstag for Phoenix Fashion Week

“The Resource For All Things Fashionable”

Phoenix Art Museum Featured in Lucky Magazine

artThe national support of our local brands and organizations continues…this time, Phoenix Art Museum and specifically their newest 1920’s fashion design exhibit, ‘Modern Spirit,’ was featured as one of 15 international fashion exhibitions to visit on winter break in Lucky Magazine!

Yes, Phoenix has bragging rights with a world-famous art museum and fashion department. I’m always surprised to hear of locals that still have yet to visit one of these incredible fashion exhibitions featured every few months. Having had the amazing opportunity to be a Fashion Design Intern at the Phoenix Art Museum during my schooling, I am even more grateful and aware of how lucky we really are be exposed to these jaw-dropping fashion exhibitions, created by the genius Curator of Fashion, Dennita Sewell (who brings loads of experience from The MET in NYC!).

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If you haven’t had a chance to visit this amazing exhibition, it’s open through February 10th!

More local success stories!

Vintage by Misty Featured in Lucky Magazine

Tiffe Fermaint x Buffalo Exchange Collection

Dapper + Dash Pop Up Shop with Urban Outfitters Choose Three of Phoenix Fashion Week’s Emerging Designers 

*Have you checked out the ‘Modern Spirit’ exhibit? Post a comment below with your favorite look from the exhibit for a chance to win a PHXFW Tshirt!* 

Article by Lauren Pfingstag for Phoenix Fashion Week

“The Resource For All Things Fashionable”

Fascinating People…Meet Dennita Sewell

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If you love fashion there are a number of directions you may follow to find the career you want.  If you truly love the history of fashion, the evolving of it, the construction and the stories behind the incredible vintage pieces that can still occasionally be found, you may have a future as the Fashion Department Curator of a Museum, overseeing the exhibition of amazing fashions from past decades.

Dennita Sewell is the Curator of the Fashion Department for the Phoenix Art Museum. She oversees a collection of thousands of pieces. These treasures have come to the museum from various sources and represent different times in history; a path of evolution to where we are now. After all, fashion is a reflection of our lifestyle and as it changes, so does fashion.

I had the opportunity to chat with Ms. Sewell in her office on the grounds of the beautiful Phoenix Art Museum.

Q.  How long has the Phoenix Art Museum had a permanent fashion exhibit?  What was in the first exhibit?

A. Actually, the gallery that houses the exhibits is permanent, but the exhibits aren’t, they change. The Phoenix Art Museum Fashion Department was founded in 1966 by the museum’s Board of Trustees. Jean Hildreth , the first curator, was hired in 1971 and the collection has been growing ever since. Her first exhibit was called “La Belle Epoque”, and featured dresses from the 1890’s.

Q.  How many pieces are currently in the collection? Are pieces from any particular time more difficult to find than others? How are they acquired?

A. There’s currently over 5000 pieces representing various times in history. The more contemporary pieces are easier to find. Most of our pieces come from private donations, though some are purchased. The pieces from the 1800’s are the most difficult to find in good condition, and usually come from private collectors.

Q.  How often do the exhibits change and how you decide what to exhibit next? 

A.  Textiles, like works on paper, are subject to light damage, so it needs to be on display for a limited time, generally, no longer than three to five months. There are usually two fashion exhibitions per year. It takes time to take them down and make sure they’re stored properly, then set up for a new exhibit. For the topics, I like to rotate concepts and reflect a broad diversity of fashion. Maybe do one historical followed by one really contemporary.

Q. How is the Arizona Costume Institute connected?

A. The Arizona Costume Institute is one of several volunteer groups that are part of the Phoenix Art Museum. It’s comprised of Phoenix Art Museum members, who, among other things, raise money to help with the purchase of fashion items for the exhibits. They do this through fundraisers and special events.

Q.  Did you begin your career with an eye toward being a museum curator?  Did you follow a particular course of study?

A.  I grew up on a farm in Missouri, with a mother and grandmother who were wonderful seamstresses. I grew up sewing and developed a true passion for it. Eventually, I attended the University of Missouri, majoring in Clothing and Textile Management.  After that I got my MFA from the Yale School of Drama, working in the Design Dept., with an emphasis on costume design.  After college I worked for the Metropolitan Museum in New York as a Collections Assistant, then Collections Manager. I spent six years there before coming here to Phoenix.

Q. Which eras are your favorites? 

A. It’s hard to choose just one. Whatever I’m working on tends to be my favorite at the time, but if I had to pick just one, I say probably the late 1700’s, or the very contemporary.

Q. Last time we chatted you mentioned that there are specific times that students can come in and sketch.  Are there other special events for students?

A. That’s true. The museum permits anyone to come in and sketch in any department, so you can sketch paintings, sculptures or fashions. However, only sketchbooks and pencil are permitted.  Also, there are a lot of events scheduled that we’re excited about. There are lectures, films and musical events. They’re mostly held on Wednesday evenings and unless otherwise indicated, are free.

Thank you, Dennita.

The Phoenix Art Museum is located at 1625 N Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004. For information on activities and events, check out the website at, or call 602-257-1880. Don’t miss any of the exciting events scheduled for this year!

The Phoenix Art Museum is open to the public FREE on Wednesdays from 3:00pm to 9:00pm and includes entrance to the lectures and film events taking place on those evenings.

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Article by Liz Riley

 “The Resource For All Things Fashionable”