Style Guide

Maybe you know the difference between a bell sleeve and a batwing, but your fashion knowledge most definitely doesn’t stand up to that of Dennita Sewell — even in stilettos.

Lucky for Louboutin lovers and aspiring walking encyclopedias, Sewell, who serves as Phoenix Art Museum’s fashion curator, will serve up samples of her style knowledge on a weekly basis throughout summer. Dubbed the Salon Series, the lectures will break down garment trends by time period and look at fashion’s role in a cultural context. On June 25, Sewell will discuss the second half of the 19th century, with a focus on designers Charles Worth, Emile Pingat, and Jacques Doucet. Other influencers included in the series are Coco Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, and Alexander McQueen.

The free talks continue on Wednesdays through July 30. No registration is required, and attendees do not have to commit to attending more than one class. Visit or call 602-257-1880.

Wed., June 25, 6 p.m., 2014
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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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