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Fashion Students Design Clothing Inspired by the Phoenix Art Museum’s Gianfranco Ferré Exhibit

Fashion students from the Art Institute of Phoenix have designed their own interpretations of the classic white shirt for the Phoenix Art Museum’s latest fashion exhibit, “The White Shirt According to Me: Gianfranco Ferré.”

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Italian fashion designer Gianfranco Ferré was known among his peers as the “architect of fashion,” taking the basic white shirt as the ultimate expression of his design style. The exhibit features a selection of 27 of Ferré’s iconic white shirts spanning his 30-year career.

Left: the original research and sketch from a student at the Art Institute of Phoenix translates into an actual piece at right

Left: the original research and sketch from a student at the Art Institute of Phoenix translates into an actual piece at right

Ten students from the Art Institute took inspiration from Ferré’s designs to create their own iterations of the classic white shirt, including women’s and men’s in styles as varied as a strait-jacket-inspired shirt to a tailored top with intricate pleat and button details.

An interpretation of the classic white shirt by an Art Institute of Phoenix student.

An interpretation of the classic white shirt by an Art Institute of Phoenix student.

The students’ creations will be displayed during First Fridays at Phoenix Art Museum’s La Dolce Vita Garden Party, in the Museum’s Dorrance Sculpture Garden on Friday, Nov. 6, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

For more information on the Phoenix Art Museum’s “The White Shirt According to Me: Gianfranco Ferré” exhibit, visit phxart.org.

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