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Fashion designer Isabel Toledo and artist Ruben Toledo have been named honorary chairs of the SCAD Seen Gala in Atlanta on May 23. As the premier fundraiser for SCAD Atlanta, the evening will feature a silent auction of original artwork and a one-of-a-kind fashion showcase from the university's student designers. All proceeds from the evening go to the university's scholarship fund, which supports both existing and new scholarships.
SCAD has enjoyed a meaningful friendship with the pair since they were presented with an André Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award at the university's annual fashion show in 2009.
Perhaps best known for designing Michelle Obama's presidential inauguration ensemble, designer Isabel Toledo's look is stunning, timeless and original. Women's Wear Daily described her as one of the "100 designers that count" and Vogue named her "an important raw talent."
Ruben Toledo is a world-renowned fashion illustrator, as well as a painter, sculptor, reporter and fashion chronicler. His illustrations can be found in top journals and fashion magazines such as The New Yorker, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, The New York Times, and more. Nordstrom and Louis Vuitton seek his work for exclusive projects. The couple recently collaborated on a book, "Roots of Style: Weaving Together Life, Love, and Fashion."
The event, co-chaired by John D. Oetgen, John H. Lineweaver and Ginny and Charles Brewer, will also include a fine art auction curated by Fay Gold. Special guests include Stephen Burrows and Raul Melgoza, this year's SCAD Style Lab mentors who are working from conception to construction to styling on the senior collections of select SCAD Atlanta fashion students.
VIP tickets are $275 and include an exclusive reception at 6:30 p.m. with a buy-it-now option for the auction and a catered cocktail party. Cocktail tickets are $150 for the main event at 7:30 p.m. and include cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, live music and a silent auction complete with original artwork created by SCAD students, alumni, professors and staff.
Title sponsor Hugo Boss leads the fundraising effort. Additional sponsor companies include AT&T, Coca-Cola, ABM, Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby's International Realty, Bernstein Global Wealth Management, Candoni Wines, Dennis Dean Catering, Fifth Third Bank, Follett, Georgia Crown Distributing Company, J. Christopher's, Lord Aeck and Sargent, Schiff Hardin LLP,RE/MAX Real Estate Group - Shane Thomas, Stage Front Production Services, Standard Press, Taylor English Duma LLP, The Framers on Peachtree, The Warehouse and Thomas USAF Group.
Purchase tickets, make a donation or preview auction items. For any other questions, contact Emily Davis at 404.253.2775.
The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution conferring bachelor's and master's degrees at distinctive locations and online to prepare talented students for professional careers. SCAD offers degrees in more than 40 majors.