Arizona Costume Institute
Text and Images Courtesy of Phoenix Art Museum

Above: The much anticipated Arizona Costume Institute’s Holiday Luncheon returns on December 6, 2021. The image pictured is from the ACI Holiday Luncheon held in December, 2019.

On December 6, 2021, Arizona Costume Institute (ACI) marks the return of its annual Holiday Luncheon by presenting Emmy-award winning designer Michael Costello as the keynote speaker. Tickets to the in-person luncheon, the first major event hosted at Phoenix Art Museum since the institution’s closure in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are on sale now to the general public. 

A self-taught designer, Michael Costello began drawing dresses on his bedroom walls at the age of 2 and by 15, he had opened his first store. While many may recognize him from Lifetime’s Project Runway franchise, Costello has since built a massive empire by helping women of all shapes and sizes feel beautiful. His exquisite dresses have dominated every prestigious red-carpet award show, from the GRAMMYs to the Oscars, and have been worn by stars such as Beyoncé, JLo, Lady Gaga, Kate Hudson, and more. 

Above: Designer Michael Costello will be the 2021 keynote speaker.

Costello’s designs have been featured in all major fashion publications, including Vogue, Women’s Wear Daily, The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, and Apparel News, and several of his dresses are on display at the GRAMMY Museum. Today, Costello continues to capture the world with his stunning creations. 

In addition to a presentation from Costello, attendees of the 2021 ACI Holiday Luncheon will enjoy a champagne reception, a plated three-course lunch, and a raffle featuring high-end, luxury items from both local and nationally recognized designers, boutiques, and businesses. 

Above: All images are from the December, 2019 Holiday Luncheon. Top left: Evening wear from the Museum’s collection was on display.  Top right: The stylish table décor. Bottom Left: Left to right; Gary Jackson, Gerda Ray, Linda Herold, Oscar de las salas and Kristine Thompson. Bottom right: Adrienne Schiffner and Billie Jo Herberger. 

The 2021 Committee Chairs are Donna Johnson and Lisa Shapiro. Diane Hall is the Honorary Chair and to be continued… a consignment boutique is the corporate sponsor. A group of 43 strong will serve as the Committee.

Seating for the 2021 ACI Holiday Luncheon will be limited. Tickets are available here and range from $200 to $1,000, with table and sponsorship opportunities also available. All proceeds benefit fashion exhibitions, acquisitions, and education programming at Phoenix Art Museum. The Museum will provide updated information about COVID-19 precautions in the weeks leading up to the event. 


The Arizona Costume Institute (ACI) was founded in 1966 to support the fashion-design department of Phoenix Art Museum through the acquisition and preservation of garments and accessories of historical and aesthetic significance and through events and fundraising efforts that support and deepen awareness of the Museum’s fashion exhibitions and education programs. ACI’s support of this collection area depends on the enthusiasm of dedicated volunteers. The ACI Board of Managers 2021 president is Khamsone Sirimanivong. To learn more about Arizona Costume Institute, visit 


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