The Little Black Dress: Through The Decades
September 5 – October 25, 2014
Artist Reception: Friday, September 5, 2014 from 7pm-9pm
The Little Black Dress, or what has become fondly known as the “LBD,” is considered a fashion staple. No fashion forward woman worth her salt is without one. The classic tale of the little black dress began in 1926 when Coco Chanel published a picture in American Vogue of a classically elegant, calf length, simple black dress. The crowds went wild. Vogue magazine hailed it as “Chanel’s Ford,” like the Model T, the little black dress became a versatile, affordable fashion icon.
Today it is considered a rule of fashion for women to own a little black dress. Over the decades, the LBD has been reimagined and redesigned time and time again. The magic of the LBD is simple, it can be worn for almost any social occasion, it can be subdued in its classic lines for professional gatherings or it can be accessorized for evening. Over the course of time, every milieu of fashion has put its mark on the LBD, from Hollywood to best designers over the decades.
This exhibit is designed to celebrate some of the most glamorous, the most understated and the most over the top examples of the LBD. All examples of the LBD in this exhibition are on loan from Fashion by Robert Black of Scottsdale, AZ.
The Little Black Dress: Through The Decades, includes dresses from Gilbert Adrian, Geoffrey Beene, Mr. Blackwell, Bill Blass, Donald Brooks, Pierre Cardin, Coco Chanel, Victor Costa, Hubert de Givenchy, Christian Dior, Tom Ford for Gucci, James Galanos, Jean Paul Gaultier, Rudi Gernreich, Howard Greer, Roy Halston, North Beach Leather Michael Hoban, Peggy Hunt, Marc Jacobs, Norma Kamali, Patrick Kelly, Bud Kilpatrick, Don Loper, Franco Moschino, Todd Oldham, Emilio Pucci, Helen Rose, Maggie Rouf, Alfred Shaheen, Gloria Swanson, William Travilla, Emanuel Ungaro, Gianni Versace, Dan Werle, Yohji Yamamoto and local designers Galina Couture, Angela Johnson and Joy Li. '
Arizona Surface Design Association: Explorations
November 3 – January 18, 2014
Innovation and artistic risk-taking are key concepts for the show, according to Nancy Nakamoto, SDA state representative, organizer of the exhibit. According to SDA artist, Miriam Otte, “It’s important for artists to take risks; EXPLORATIONS celebrates moving toward unexplored territories of new techniques, new media, and new compositions.”
The exhibit is curated by fiber artist Carol Eckert of Tempe, AZ, well known for her compositions of animal symbols and myths from cultures around the world. Her fiber sculptures have become significant additions to a wide range of private and public collections including Racine Art Museum/Wisconsin, Denver Art Museum/Colorado, Museum of Fine Arts/Boston, and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Museum/Washington, DC.
The Surface Design Association, a non-profit organization since 1977, is a national organization of artists dedicated to raising the level of excellence in surface design – the coloring, patterning, and structuring of fiber and fabric – by inspiring creativity and encouraging innovation through publications, exhibitions, conferences, and educational opportunities. The nearly 4000 members include artists, designers, educators, curators, gallery owners, students, and textile enthusiasts from around the world.
New members are invited to join at www.surfacedesign.org.
Bottom left: Carol Eckert “And a Wolf Shall Devour the Sun”
Bottom right: Carol Eckert “In the Garden of Evil”
Artists of EyeLounge
January 24 – March 8, 2015
The Chandler Portraits by Tad Smith
March 20 – April 25, 2015
Right: Tad Smith “Ernie Serrano Jr.”
Mezcla: Mixed Media Artworks by Emily Costello
May 8 – July 3, 2015
Bottom left: “Bat an Eye”
Bottom right: “El Rey”
Hand Built, Five on Tile: Ceramic Arts
July 11 - August 30, 2015