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June 1, 2013

Exhibitions, Visual Arts, Free Events

Exhibition: Fashion Independent: The Original Style of Ann Bonfoey Taylor

June 1, 2013 - September 15, 2013
Georgia Museum of Art

Sponsored by: Georgia Museum of Art
Contact: Hillary Brown Director of Communications 706-542-4662

This exhibition, organized by Dennita Sewell, curator of fashion design at Phoenix Art Museum, showcases the custom-made wardrobe of day and evening wear that Ann Bonfoey Taylor assembled from the post–World War II era through the 1970s. It includes approximately 200 pieces designed by some of the most accomplished couturiers of the 20th century, including Mariano Fortuny, Charles James, James Galanos, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Hubert de Givenchy and Madame Grès. The collection, selected by "Art and Antiques" magazine as one of the top 100 museum gifts of 2008, also includes Taylor’s own skiwear designs and sportswear as well as accessories by Hermés, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Henry Maxwell.

The Georgia Museum of Art will host the exhibition “Fashion Independent: The Original Style of Ann Bonfoey Taylor” June 1 to September 15. 

Taylor’s impressive collection features works by some of the most masterful fashion designers of the 1950s and 1960s, including Balenciaga, Givenchy, Madame Grès, Charles James and Fortuny. Her wardrobe emphasizes minimalistic designs with a neutral color palette of grays and blacks.

Taylor was an accomplished pilot, sportswoman and skiwear designer and was featured in such magazines as Harper’s Bazaar , Town and Country and Vogue from the 1930s to the 1970s. She began purchasing couture in the 1950s, traveling to New York and Paris to meet fashion designers, with whom she formed relationships and collaborated on her comfortable and stylish wardrobe.

The exhibition includes eveningwear, day wear, formal and informal sportswear (including Taylor’s own skiwear designs) as well as accessories, composing 60 ensembles. The collection also features large-scale photographs by fashion photographer Toni Frissell and a short documentary film by David Boatman.

Taylor’s wardrobe was donated to PAM in 2008 by Taylor’s widower, Vernon Taylor Jr., and her family, of Denver, Colo.. Phoenix Art Museum began collecting fashion designs in the 1960s and currently has more than 6,000 pieces in its collection, ranging in date from the late 17th century to the present.

Georgia Museum of Art