Dennita Sewell can't believe she didn't keep the note she scribbled on a pad by her phone the day she got a phone call from Vernon Taylor.
It was late 2007, or early 2008, when Taylor called Sewell, the Curator of Fashion Design at the Phoenix Art Museum, to say that his mother, Ann Bonfoey Taylor, had died and left behind closets full of expensive clothes.
"When Vernon took me through his mother's house, I could see the collection coming together," says Sewell. "It was a fantastic mix of things -- photographs of Ann on the walls in outfits and gowns ... I opened the first drawer of her dresser and it was a Charles James. I was speechless."
Sewell will share the collection with Art Museum visitors tonight at 7 p.m., along with a special tour of the exhibition.
Bowles will begin at 7 p.m. and Sewell says the museum will also host a big band and refreshments.
Phoenix Art Museum is at 1625 North Central Avenue. For more information see thePhoenix Art Museum website
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