Have you heard the great news, fashionistas, fashion designers and enthusiasts? In October, SCAD Atlanta will open the doors to the first distinguished southern fashion museum: SCAD FASH.
Here in this tribute to style and craft, expect international fashion exhibitions, films and lectures available to students and the public. It even grants the rare opportunity to engage with one-of-a-kind garments created by the world’s leading fashion houses, as well as looks from the SCAD permanent collection, including designs by Saint Laurent, Oscar de la Renta and Givenchy.
Situated in one of the country’s largest metropolitan areas, the museum is connected to our main building in Atlanta at 1600 Peachtree St. With an extension of 10,000 square feet, the museum will add a public gallery space, fashion conversation lab and a media library for educational film and digital presentations to the existing 27,000 square feet of academic studio space dedicated to our fashion students. As one of the largest fashion museums in the United States, SCAD FASH will enhance and engage the visual design perspectives of students and the public.
The inaugural exhibition, ‘Oscar de la Renta,’ celebrates the house of the late Oscar de la Renta. It's not quite the same exhibition that premiered in Savannah; this Atlanta presentation includes more. It will again showcase garments from the mid-1960s through the present, including gowns on loan from former first lady Laura Bush, Taylor Swift and Oprah Winfrey, but the expansion includes select garments by Oscar de la Renta’s new creative director Peter Copping.
Bonus: the exhibition will screen the film, “Ovation for Oscar,” which debuted at the Marché du Film at the Cannes Film Festival. Created by our alumni and students, the short documentary provides an intimate look at the making of a major museum exhibition honoring the famous artist.
Future programming at SCAD FASH will include praised exhibitions such as ‘i feel ya: SCAD + André 3000 Benjamin,’ and ‘Art x Fashion,’ an exploration of the relationship between art and design. Laurie Ann Farrell, executive director of SCAD museums and exhibitions, oversees all programming.
Need we say more? We'll see you at SCAD FASH.