The Phoenix Art Museum has proven to be more than just a home to fine art. It is a place to discover celebrated and distinguished fashion collections that we can now identify as works of art. Extending the Runway: Tatiana Sorokko Style is just that and will make its US debut this Thursday, Sept. 16 at our proud Phoenix Art Museum!
Curated by Phoenix Art Museum Fashion Design curator Dennita Sewell, the exhibition features a collection of more than 60 garments and accessories from Sorokko’s extraordinary couture wardrobe that will be available to Phoenician viewers through January 9, 2011.
For those of you who don’t know Tatiana Sorokko, she has made a profound mark in the fashion world and was the first Russian model to achieve international success. She set her sights on Paris in 1990 and graced the prominent runways donning couture by Saint Laurent, Hubert de Givenchy, Karl Lagerfeld, Miuccia Prada, Issey Miyake, Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, and Calvin Klein, among many others.
For more than a decade, Sorokko graced the covers and editorial pages of European and American magazines, including Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Elle and Cosmopolitan. Now that her modeling days are over, she still has a strong voice in fashion as she is a contributing editor for American Harper’s Bazaar, where she interviews and styles photo shoots of notable subjects all over the world. Sorokko was also named the International Top 100 Best Dressed list by American Vogue in 2000 and the Best Dressed Women of All Time list by Harper’s Bazaar in 2007.
Extending the Runway: Tatiana Sorokko Style will showcase works from the early 20th century through today, by legendary designers and fashion houses such as Fortuny, Paquin, Lanvin, Madame Grès, Balmain, Patou, Balenciaga, Ungaro, Hermès, Alaia, Jean Paul Gaultier, Gianfranco Ferré, Vivienne Westwood, Comme des Garçons, Yamamoto, Halston, Galanos, and Chado Ralph Rucci, among others.
“Tatiana’s timeless wardrobe reflects her individual point of view. She has assembled a contemporary, well-edited couture collection that reflects her dedication to quality, craftsmanship and originality,” commented Dennita Sewell, curator of fashion design, Phoenix Art Museum. “Tatiana’s inborn sense of style and extensive modeling experience shape her selections which transcend current fashion trends. Creating superb garments is in art form, and the same can be said for developing such an intelligent and sophisticated wardrobe. This exhibition is both inspiring and informative.”
Extending the Runway: Tatiana Sorokko Style is presented in the Kelly Ellman Fashion Design Gallery and the Orme Lewis Gallery Sept. 16, 2010 through January 9, 2011.
Admission to the exhibition is included in general museum admission, which is $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens (65+), $8 for full-time college students with ID, $4 for children ages 6-17 and free for children under 6 and for museum members.
A hard cover catalogue by the same name has been published to accompany the show. It is lavishly illustrated and features essays by Harper’s Bazaar editor Glenda Bailey and essays by exhibition curator Dennita Sewell, distinguished designer Ralph Rucci and internationally acclaimed fashion photographer Marco Glaviano.
Phoenix Art Museum is located in downtown Phoenix at the corner of Central and McDowell Road.