Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Can I Get A Shout Out!

Check out this fabulous article by Corbin Chamberlin on the new Digital Print Fashion Exhibition for Elle Magazine!

Big thank you to Corbin for putting the spotlight on our latest show!

Check back soon for details on all the fun that happened opening night!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

This Ain't Your Mama's Polka-dot!

Nouveau hopes everyone can join us in celebrating the opening of the latest Fashion Design Exhibit: Digital Print Fashion

These keleidoscopic new prints are nothing like your mother's simple polka-dots and stripes. These bold, imaginative prints are at the height of fashion gracing the runways of Alexander McQueen and Dolce and Gabbana.

Please join Nouveau at Phoenix Art Museum March 1st to celebrate this exciting new trend in fashion. The fun starts at 6pm with an Introduction by Curator Dennita Sewell at 7pm in Whiteman Hall.

Kindly RSVP to: or (602) 307-2011 by February 27.

Hope to see you all there in your best prints!

Monday, February 11, 2013

New Look for the New Year

Nouveau is getting a makeover!

I know we've been out of the loop lately but we're back with a new look and more stylish than ever!

Be sure to join ACI Nouveau at Phoenix Art Museum this Wednesday at 7pm for a very special screening of the documentary McQueen and I.

There are only 30 seats available and they're filling up fast so please RSVP as soon as possible to

Also stay tuned for details on the upcoming openning of the latest Fashion Design Department exhibit: Digital Print Fashion March 1st.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Paris Vs. New York

ACI Nouveau is proud to announce our annual fundraising blowout event!

This year we will be screening Versailles '73, the fabulous film that swept fashion week and the Cannes Film Festival.

Her is some of the fabulous buzz the film has been getting! had this to say!
The also had some great things to say about the film!

In 1973, five American designers took Paris by storm! American modern, ready-to-wear style was pitted against classic French haute couture in the stunning backdrop of the Palace Versailles.

Join ACI Nouveau as we party like it's 1973 for a special advanced screening of the film in a Paris vs. New York themed reception at Phoenix Art Museum on September 29th.

The reception begins at 6:00pm September 29th.
The film screening at 7:00pm followed by a discussion with the director, Deborah Riley Draper

Be sure to dress in your most fabulous Parisian or New York inspired outfit!

Hors d'Oeuvres and Cash-only bar.

Seating is limited so buy your tickets now!

Some Modern Spirits

Greetings Fashionistas!

Sorry for the recent hiatus, we've been busily planning some fabulous upcoming events for the Museum and Nouveau!

First up is the opening reception for Modern Spirit, the Fashion Design Department's latest exhibition TOMORROW NIGHT!

The show features stunning designs from the 1920s and evokes the spirit of a truly modern age. 20s inspired fashion has been all over the runways for the last few seasons which makes this exhibition right on trend!

Reception starts at 6:00 pm with an introduction in Whiteman Hall at 7:00. If you haven't RSPV'd yet contact ACI at (602) 307-2011 or at

Friday, July 27, 2012

The Vogue Archive and the Fashion Design Library

Earlier this summer a great new fashion resource was made available here in Phoenix.  So far it's been a bit of a well-kept secret but it's time to change that!  Thanks to the generosity of the Arizona Costume Institute the Lemon Art Research Library at the Phoenix Art Museum was able to subscribe to the Vogue Archive and the archive is now available on the computers in the library.

This is a fabulous addition to the library and to the community.  Whether your interest is professional, personal, or academic there is something in the archive for you.  So, where do you find it?  What exactly IS it?  How do you use it?   Let me lay it out for you.

Where do you find the Library and the Vogue Archive?

The Lemon Art Research Library is located in the Administration Building on the Museum Campus.  Any staff member would be able to point you in the right direction, so don't be afraid to ask.  They're all really friendly.  (But to give you an idea, the Admin building is located across the garden courtyard from Phoenix Theatre.)  When you go through the front doors, you'll see a reception desk and if you look to the left you'll see a large set of double doors with a sign above, that's it.  I told you I'd lay it out for you.  But if you still get a little turned around, just ask the person sitting at the reception desk, they'll show you, and they're also really friendly.

Once in the library, you'll sign in, and make sure you indicate that you're there for the Vogue Archive, the more people that use it the more likely the subscription will be renewed.  You know what they say, use it or lose it.  From the front desk if you walk straight back you'll see a table with some computers.  The ones with the Vogue Archive have signs next to them.  Like this one:

Again, if you have any trouble, just ask the kind people at the front desk.  They're really friendly too...are you noticing a trend in how friendly and helpful everyone is?

Best part?  It's free and open to the public!

For more information on the Library, including hours see here.

What exactly IS the Vogue Archive?

I'm glad you asked.  The Vogue Archive is an incredible digital project that digitized and organized every issue of Vogue Magazine from it's first issue in 1892 to the current month's issue.  And that's not an exaggeration, it really is EVERY single issue.  Every page, every issue, every picture, article and advertisement, from 1892 to right now.  This is an incredible resource for designers, students, historians, and every lover of fashion.

For a small taste check out this video:

To learn more about the Vogue Archive, click here.

How to you use it?

A very important question indeed.  Once you get to the library, and are in front of the computer, what do you do?  Trust me, if you aren't going in with something specific you're looking up it can be very overwhelming.  I mean, more than 100 years of Vogue to browse through?  That's intense.  When I was playing around with it I definitely got intimidated until I thought to start looking up items that might help my thesis project that I'll be starting this semester.

First things first, when you sit down, go to the desk top screen, if it's not there already.  There will be an icon somewhere on the desktop labeled "Vogue archive".  Once you click that it will launch the archive.

So here's a couple ways you can search/use the archive.

1) Browse an individual issue.  You can look up any of the issues and then browse each page.  This is fun if you just want to see what Vogue was like in the past.  It's also fun to look up particular years and months and see how Vogue was reflecting events and societal issues.  This is also good if you're doing fashion research and simply want to see what the styles and trends were for a particular month or year.  I'll definitely be using it for costume research for the plays I design this season.

2) Search for a specific person or item.  You can search terms or people and the archive will pull up any instance in the archive where that term or person is mentioned.  You can do an advanced search to filter and refine your search further.  If you just want to look up every time your favorite designer or actor was featured, a general search is fine, but if you're doing more detailed research the advanced search is great.  Within the advanced search you can specify a date range, limit the search to advertisements, photo shoots, articles, etc, and search multiple terms/people to help find exactly what you want.  It's definitely worth it to play around with the search feature.

The most important thing is to have fun with it, it can get a bit addictive with so much material to look through and you'll probably find yourself wanting to come back again.  I certainly did.

Once you've overloaded your brain and can't stare at the screen any longer, step away from the computer and step into the Fashion Design Library.  It will be to the left hand side as you're facing back to the front doors of the main library.

Inside this room is every fashion design and history book you could ever want.  There are also some vintage Vogue magazines.  So if looking at the digitized scans made you want to hold the real thing, here's your chance!

Between the Vogue Archive and the Fashion Design Library, the Lemon Art Research Library has a multitude of research resources for every design student and professional.  And again, it's completely free and open to the public!  You can't beat that.  Please stop by for a visit and let us know what you think.


Film Screening at Film Bar and shopping at Mercantile

On July 18th ACI Nouveau gathered for a wonderful night of film, fashion, and fun.  The evening started at the Film Bar in downtown Phoenix to watch a screening of Blow-Up (1966), the story of a London photographer who knows too much.  After the film the party headed to Mercantile for some treats and great vintage shopping.

For everyone who came out, it was great to see you as always and thanks for coming.  For those who may have missed us this time, take a look below at pictures captured on the event.  And for more pics, check out Avant-Girl's coverage of the event here.