Luminary Radio: Dennita Sewell of Phoenix Art Museum

On this edition of Luminary Radio, host Margaree Bigler speaks with Dennita Sewell, curator of Fashion Design at Phoenix Art Museum.  Dennita has curated the Museum’s Fall and Spring Fashion exhibits since 2000, and she uses every opportunity to diversify the idea of what fashion is. Her exhibits are visually stunning and inspiring; each one with many stories to tell. She learned to sew before she could read and she knew from an early age her passion was in textiles and fashion. Dennita received her MFA in Design from the Yale School of Drama and BA in Textile and Apparel Management from the University of Missouri. Prior to Phoenix, Sewell was Collections Manager at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. Here, she shares a little history of the Fashion at Phoenix Art Museum, what she loves most about her job, her insights on fashion melding with the digital age, and more. Links to designers, past and present exhibits and definitions follow below. Enjoy!

installation photography of Pattern Play: The Contemporary Designs of Jacqueline Groag
Pattern Play: The Contemporary Designs of Jacqueline Groag

Pattern Play Exhibit – April 2015 – August 2015
Fashioned in America Exhibit, 2014
Gold Fever Exhibit, 2011
Emilio Pucci Exhibit, 2005
Balenciaga Exhibit, 2001
Fashion symposiums at the Phx Art museum – Save the dates!



haute couture, ready to wear definitions
AZ Costume Institute
Victoria and Albert Museum
Emilio Pucci
Alexander McQueen
Mariano Fortuny
Madame Gres
Viviane Westwood
Philip Treacy
Truman Capote’s famous Black and White Ball
Kitty Carlisle Hart
Suzy Menkes
Karl Lagerfeld
Jeremy Scott
Ralph Lauren
Iris Van Herpen
Conde Nast


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