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March 9, 2016

Arizona Chic exhibit at the Vision GalleryArizona Chic Couture History Comes to the Vision Gallery in Chandler
Exhibit showcases curated collection from Fashion Icon Robert Black
Beginning March 18, the Vision Gallery in Downtown Chandler will host Arizona Chic: Couture from Arizona’s Past, an exhibit that celebrates some of the most glamorous, most understated and most over the top examples of Arizona fashion, as curated by Robert Black of Fashion by Robert Black from Scottsdale. From the eclectic to the perfect resort ensemble, gallery visitors can see how Arizona designers have made their mark over the years with cutting edge fashion for desert living.
“There was a time when Arizona’s chic fashion was written about and taken to destinations all around the world,” says Robert Black, curator. “Visitors were enamored by the Western and Southwest-themed styles, as well as the comfortable cotton fabrics and bright colors that were made for our desert sun.”
The public is invited to the opening reception for the exhibit on Friday, March 18, from 7-9 p.m., at the Vision Gallery, located at 10 E. Chicago St. The collection will be on display March 18 through April 30, and depicts Arizona’s fashionable past.
“This exhibit explores the local look of Arizona Chic as well as the international designer dresses that were sold in many high fashion boutiques,” says Robert Black, curator. “From the high-toned Goldwaters department store to the trading posts on Arizona’s reservations, fashion was being created for every fashionista.”
“We are excited to have another Robert Black show at Vision Gallery,” says Eric Faulhaber, Visual Arts Coordinator, Vision Gallery. “Last year, visitors loved the Little Black Dress exhibit curated by Robert. I think they will be wowed by the color and variety in Arizona Chic.”
Vision Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and, as always, exhibits are free for the public to see.
  • Vision Gallery
The Vision Gallery is a fine arts gallery representing more than 300 regional artists and home to one of two Art-O-Mats in Chandler. Visitors can discover a varied palette of original artworks from oil and acrylic canvasses to ceramic works, sculpture, jewelry, and more. A nonprofit gallery managed by the Chandler Cultural Foundation, exhibits are rotated on a regular basis and are free for the public to view. A portion of all art sales are used to fund the vision Kidz program, as series of education workshops offered to the community free of charge. More at
  • Fashion by Robert Black
Robert Black, curator of the collection, is founder of the international model and talent agency, Ford Robert Black Agency. With his partner Doreen Picerne, philanthropist and fashionista, they shop around the world to offer a new vintage experience in red carpet couture, special occasion designer pieces, and dynamic daywear, along with accessories and historic fashion treasures. More at