“Extending the Runway: Tatiana Sorokko Style” to Make its U.S. Debut at the Phoenix Art Museum

Called the first Russian supermodel, Tatiana Sorokko achieved international success in the 1990s walking the runway for such major designers as Yves Saint Laurent, Hubert de Givenchy, Karl Lagerfeld, Miuccia Prada, Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein and others. An exhibition showcasing her incredible off-runway couture wardrobe will make its U.S. debut Sept. 16 at the Phoenix Art Museum, the collection’s first stop after being unveiled in Moscow.

After moving to Paris in 1990, Sorokko became the first Russian model to be recognized internationally, and her acute sense of style was just as well received. Since then she has appeared on the covers and the best-dressed lists of some of fashion’s most iconic magazines, such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and Cosmopolitan.

After making its world debut at the newly opened Russian Fashion Museum of Moscow, Sorokko’s collection of haute couture items will be coming directly to Arizona, to be on display at the Phoenix Art Museum Sept. 16, 2010, through Jan. 2, 2011. Curated by Phoenix Art Museum Fashion Design Curator Dennita Sewell, the exhibition includes more than 60 garments and accessories from the top model’s personal wardrobe.

Expect to see early 20th century pieces from style legends Lanvin, Balmain, Patou, Balenciaga, Ungaro, Hermes, Alaia, Jean Paul Gaultier, Gianfranco Ferre, Vivienne Westwood, Comme des Garcons, Halston, Chado Ralph Rucci and many others.

“Tatiana’s inborn sense of style and extensive modeling experience shape her selections, which transcend current fashion trends,” Sewell says. “Creating superb garments is an art form, and the same can be said for developing such an intelligent and sophisticated wardrobe.”

See it: Sept. 16, 2010, through Jan. 2, 2011, in the Kelly Ellman Fashion Design Gallery and the Orme Lewis Gallery. Admission to the exhibition is included with the purchase of general admission.

The Phoenix Art Museum is located at 1625 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix  602.257.1222