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Original, creative, bold, athletic and gracious, Ann Bonfoey Taylor (1909-2007) was a recognized American tastemaker and accomplished sportswoman. Regularly featured in publications such as Vogue, Town and Country and Harper’s Bazaar, Taylor was known for her beauty, love of adventure and theatrical dash. In 2008, her extraordinary wardrobe of custom-made couture and personally designed sporting ensembles was donated to the Phoenix Museum of Art by Mr. Vernon Taylor Jr. and family of Denver, Colorado. Selected by Art and Antiques as one of the top 100 art museum gifts of 2008, Taylor’s impressive collection features works by some of the most masterful fashion designers of the 1950s and 60s including Charles James, Madame Grès, Balenciaga, Givenchy and Fortuny. It is significant for both the quality of the designers and depth, as the numerous examples allow for a comprehensive look at each designer’s artistic process. Organized by the Phoenix Museum of Art, "Fashion Independent: The Original Style of Ann Bonfoey Taylor" features more than 60 full ensembles and accessories that provide a comprehensive look at the wardrobe of a dynamic and sophisticated woman. Often designed by Taylor herself, the clothes demonstrate a refined personal style reflective of her outdoor savvy and gracious indoor elegance.
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