Fashioned In America Exhibition at Phoenix Art Museum

On First Friday of March, I visited Phoenix Art Museum to see the exhibition of Fashioned In America which ends on March 15th.

First Friday at Phoenix Art Museum

So many people visited Phoenix Art Museum on First Friday! Lively atmosphere filled with a lot of fashionable crowd!

Fashioned In America New York Garment District by Anna Sui at Phoenix Art Museum

“It’s not just important for New York, it’s important to America. The New York fashion industry was at one time the single largest employer in the U.S.”- Anna Sui, fashion design

Red evening gown made from silk taffeta and crepe back satin designed by Oscar De La Renta in 2014 at Phoenix Art Museum

Gorgeous evening gown made from silk taffeta and crepe back satin designed by the legend, Oscar De La Renta in 2014.

Bespoke dress designer Lana Gerimovich with Alis Fashion Design with Oscar De La Renta evening dress made from silk taffeta and crepe back satin at Phoenix Art Museum.jpg

As everyone knows about him, he was such an influential person in fashion industry as a mentor and former president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. He believed that being part of production is crucial. Each of his dress was first made in inexpensive muslin fabrics first as a test. This is exactly how I do because I also use haute couture, designer fabrics which is very expensive and cannot ruin them. 

The Great Gatsby 1920 flapper dress with hand made bead embroidery at Phoenix Art Museum

This style makes me thing of The Great Gatsby. I can see a lot of work on the embroidery done by hand.

Fall Fashion with scarf at Phoenix Art Museum

Short dress made from cotton, viscose and leather from Nanette Lepore Fall 2013 collection. Inspiration of color is NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover.

Nanette Lepore is an American-born designer based in 35th Street in New York. 80% of her collection is is made in New York City with the same factories and pattern makers who she values as a team. 

Anna Sui dress made from polyester tulle with cotton and nylon embroidery from Spring 2014 Collection at Phoenix Art Museum

Anna Sui’s dress made from polyester tulle with cotton and nylon embroidery from Spring 2014 Collection.

Anna Sui studied fashion design in Parson’s School of Design, then she succeeded her first runway collection in 1991. Small sewing shops in Garment District in New York City makes 95% of her collections.

Black evening dress from Kaufman Franco 2013 Collection made from sequin embroidery and net at Phoenix Art Museum

Evening dress from Kaufman Franco 2013 Collection made from sequin embroidery and net.

Both Ken Kaufman and Issac Franco have been working together in New York Garment District. They believe that designs are not just art and decoration, but they are heavily based on the cut and meticulous detailing. The reason why they work in New York City is to control their products by their eyes and hand. I really agree with their believe toward their fashion and construction of their brand. Focusing on the cut and precious finishing details, and also doing everything in house from the beginning to the end makes my one of a kind dresses couture, elegant, and classy as a high quality product. 

Jumpsuit from Fall 2014 collection by Daniel Silverstein with emellishment by scrap pieces at Phoenix Art Museum

Jumpsuit from Fall 2014 collection by Daniel Silverstein.

Daniel, from Fashion Institute of Technology, is a pioneer of “sustainability fashion” by using the scrap pieces into his garment. Embellishment you see is created by scrape pieces,which usually factories throw away, to keep “Zero” waste fashion.

Juki sewing machine at Phoenix Art Museum

This is the sewing machine that I use. Very reliable team member of Alis Fashion Design and my life.

Vintage Antique Vogue magazine exhibited at Phoenix Art Museum

Collection of vintage Vogue magazines.

Sequin dresses from 1920 at Phoenix Art Museum

Beautiful 1920’s sequins. This brings me back to the heyday of American Fashion.

Designer Lana Gerimovich with Museum Staff taking about 1920 sequins at Phoenix Art Museum
Suit by Ralph Rucci 2009 made from double-face wool crepe, netting and silk tulle at Phoenix Art Museum

Two piece suit set from Ralph Rucci 2009 made from double-face wool crepe, netting and silk tulle.

Fashion designer Lana Gerimovich with Alis Fashion Design looking at suit set by Ralph Rucci 2009 at Phoenix Art Museum

Among all fancy collections, I really loved this suit. It might look very simple and people won’t make attentions so much to this piece as compared to the evening dress by Oscar. However, I can see a lot of work in it. It is elegant and classic look, which is what I love.

Fashioned In America exhibition at Phoenix Art Museum focusing on American fashion designers in New York City and Los Angeles

Apparel manufacturing was crucial part of economy in New York City, especially to immigrants and working class workers. Not only economy, but also it urged architectural development of the Manhattan due to Garment District (35th to 41st streets between Fifth and Ninth Avenue) development in between 1916 to 1935. Each outfit has its uniqueness from the time it was created. Interestingly, I can see something common between myself and the designers who were born in my era. I really admire such designers who are focusing on producing here in America because quality control is very important. Same as them, I put quality as the priority, and focusing on producing here in America. Sometimes people get surprised at what I do: I consult with clients for their dream dress, source haute couture, designer fabrics on my feet in NYC, Los Angels Fashion District, or even in London, make patterns, and craft each piece by hand in my boutique. It is because designs, fabrics, and process of construction of garment really matter for me. Everything I do is for high quality, which my brand Alis Fashion Design stands for.

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