Fashion Independent: The Original Style of Ann Bonfoey Taylor

June 01, 2013 - September 15, 2013
Virginia and Alfred Kennedy, Philip Henry Alston Jr., Boone and George-Ann Knox I, Rachel Cosby Conway, Alfred Heber Holbrook, Charles B. Presley Family, Lamar Dodd and Alonzo and Vallye Dudley Galleries

Ann Bonfoey Taylor (1910–2007) created a life that personifies what an American woman can be—Olympic skier, championship tennis player, licensed pilot, successful skiwear designer, skilled sportswoman—but above all, she was a style icon. 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 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.

In-House Curator

Mary Koon, editor


The Adsmith, Agora, Global Escapes, Sonia Says, the W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art