The Arizona Costume Institute was founded in 1966 to support Phoenix Art Museum's Fashion Design Department in the acquisition and preservation of garments and accessories of historical and aesthetic significance. It also promotes appreciation of fashion design through programs and support of the Museum's exhibitions.

Some activities include monthly fashion and textile programs, visits to private collections and 
studios, events at local fashion stores, travel, luncheons and receptions. Phoenix Art Museum's fashion design collection is one of only about 15 such collections housed in American art museums. ACI's support of this collection area depends on the enthusiasm of dedicated volunteers to help maintain and expand the collection. Membership provides an opportunity to share with others your interest in fashion as art.
 
Exhibitions that focus on clothing both as an art form and cultural phenomenon are rotated regularly in the Fashion Design Gallery. They underscore the significance of fashion as it relates to social and economic history. The Astaire Library of Costumes included in the Museum's Lemon Art Research Library houses many rare books and prints relating to costume and textiles.




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Supporting the art of fashion since 1966






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All photos by Ken Howie 
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All garments included on this site are part of the Phoenix Art Museum Permanent Collection unless otherwise noted
Banner Photo Credit: 
Morocco, ©1930 Paramount /  The Kobal Collection / E.R. Richee.  Costume Designer: Travis Banton,
Superman: The Movie, ©1978 Warner Bros. / DC Comics / The Kobal Collection. Costume Designer: Yvonne Blake,
Titanic, ©1996 Twentieth Century Fox / Paramount / The Kobal Collection. Costume Designer: Deborah L. Scott
Gladiator, ©2000 DreamWorks / Universal / The Kobal Collection / Jaap Buitendijk.  Costume Designer: Janty Yateshttp://www.phxart.org/visit/libraryhttp://www.phxart.org/collection/fashionLegal.htmlhttp://www.kenhowie.com/shapeimage_2_link_0shapeimage_2_link_1shapeimage_2_link_2shapeimage_2_link_3