It’s no surprise that I love going to museums. Somehow, though, I’d never been to the Phoenix Art Museum, outside of a work event last year. When I heard they were having an exhibit on Fifty Years of Fashion, I knew Pumpkin and I would need to go.
I found out that admission is free on Wednesday evenings, so I packed a bag with some new boots that are a size too big that she’s been begging me to wear, a furry vest pink vest, and a brand-new sketch pad, and picked her up from school. She loves clothes and fashion – the week before we went she had been asking to watch Project Runway and sketched me an outfit in the car on the way to school – so she was excited to find out where we were going.
Between dinner, taking photos, sketching and numerous potty breaks, we only had time for the one exhibit. But it did not disappoint. There were clothes and shoes on display dating back hundreds of years, and pieces by Marc Jacobs, Badgley Mischka, Oscar de la Renta, Yves Saint Laurent and many others. I don’t think Pumpkin, 4, has a good grasp on how much time that is, or recognized any of the designer names, but she loved the clothes nonetheless.
The hardest part for a kid who is used to going to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix and the i.d.e.a. Museum was not being able to touch
everything anything. This is where the sketch pad came in handy.
In addition to drawing her favorite looks, she also asked to take a few photos. The kid is definitely into the arts. I wonder where it will take her.
We had a really fun mother-daughter date night. On our way out, two separate volunteers stopped us to tell us about other exhibits they thought Pumpkin might like. Everyone was so nice and there was so much more to see, we will definitely be going back.