The Fashion Design Department of Phoenix Art Museum presents Geoffrey Beene: Trapeze, a whimsical exhibition that goes beyond the study of dressmaking into the world of conceptual art. Featuring more than 30 garments, Geoffrey Beene: Trapeze profiles the fanciful custom-made wardrobe of Patsy Tarr, a prominent supporter of dance in New York and founder and publisher of the award-winning 2wice magazine. Unlike a retrospective, the exhibition provides unique insight into the creative relationship between designer and client. Featuring one-of-kind garments and unique items, the exhibition clearly expresses the designer’s sense of humor and expertise with fabric. Also present is Beene’s love of flowers, dots, curves, wraps, folds and triangles, reoccurring themes present is several of the designs.

Designed by Abbott Miller, a partner at the award-winning New York design firm Pentagram, the installation draws inspiration from Beene’s love of the circus. Surrounded by polka-dots and stripes, specially designed mannequins will be suspended from the ceiling displaying Tarr’s fantastic clothes. Tom Kalin’s film “30” commissioned by Beene in 1993, will play on a continuous loop – its film noir surrealism complementing the installation theme.

On January 20, in Whiteman Hall at the Phoenix Art Musuem, the Phoenix Art Museum, in partnership with the Council of Fashion Designers of America, debuted the documentary, “GEOFFREY BEENE: LEARNING FROM A DESIGN LEGACY”. Afterward, a panel discussion took place, featuring Russell Nardozza, SVP of Geoffrey Beene, LLC and Doo-Ri Chung, a contemporary designer who worked as an assistant for Mr. Beene for over six years. Both panelists provided insight into the creative mind of the fiercely independent designer, based on their experiences working with Mr. Beene.