Fashioned In America: Phoenix Art Museum

This weekend I was in Phoenix visiting my grandparents and my Grandma mentioned a fashion exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum…. and if you know me, you know I love a good exhibit, especially a fashion one!

So on Sunday, we headed over to have a peak…

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The PAM is a fantastic museum, right in the heart of downtown Phoenix. Much smaller than the LACMA of course, but dynamic with plenty of variety and impressive pieces!

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They were also showing a selection of Leonardo Da Vinci’s scientific writings and conclusions, which was very interesting! Did you know that although 2 of his paintings are among the most famous in the world, only 20 of his pieces are considered noteworthy by art critics? He was a much more prolific and accomplished scientist (and journal keeper, as it would have it!).

Pics of the da Vinci exhibit were not allowed. We moved on to the fashion exhibit (the PAM always has some kind of fashion exhibit going on, which I think is brilliant!)

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This particular exhibit was “Fashioned In America”, highlighting the resurgence of modern American Fashion and it’s roots in the early 20th century. The exhibit housed a collection of beautiful outfits designed by American designers like Oscar de la Renta, Anna Sui, J.Mendel, and Juan Carlos Orbando.

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This skirt and coat combo was my favorite! The fur detailing paired with a graphic silk scarf and graphic pants is so luxurious. Plus, you know I love to pair contrasting textures like knit and leather or silk and wool.

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In this picture, I’m rockin on of my fave outfits: wide legged pants with a simple crop top.^^^

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Afterwards, we wandered around looking at contemporary modern art by Alexander Calder, Frida Kahlo, Diego Riveria, and Pablo Picasso. This painting reminded me of something Kanye West would paint a la Dark Twisted Fantasy!

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Finally, we peaked into the small Kinetic Art room, which I absolutely loved! I think kinetic art is so fascinating, like how your perception of the piece changes based on your placement or movement. The multi-dimension of kinetic pieces make it feel like you’re viewing multiple pieces at once.

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If you’re in Phoenix, I HIGHLY recommend a trip! A great way to spend the afternoon with a little bit of culture! I can’t wait to get back and finish exploring.

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Fashioned In America: Phoenix Art Museum

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