10 Cool Things You Should Know About SCAD FASH


The new SCAD FASH museum brings a momentous cultural addition to the heart of Midtown Atlanta. The inaugural exhibition, “Oscar de la Renta,” features more than 80 garments by the late designer and Peter Copping, the creative director de la Renta hand-picked to be his successor. Many of the looks on display are on loan from celebrities such as Taylor Swift, Sarah Jessica Parker and Oprah Winfrey, as well as de la Renta’s closest friends and family members. But that’s just the beginning of the SCAD FASH experience.

Read on for 10 more fascinating details about the museum.

  1. Come for the fashion, stay for the film: SCAD FASH is unique in pairing two of modern culture’s most prevalent fascinations: fashion and film. The museum will screen some of the world’s best fashion-focused flicks on an ongoing basis, and for each exhibition, SCAD will commission an exclusive accompanying film. For “Oscar de la Renta,” SCAD FASH’s state-of-the-art Film Salon (featuring a 90-inch plasma display) is showcasing “Ovation for Oscar.”
  2. Even the walls are works of art: SCAD alumna Whitney Stansell (M.F.A., painting, 2008) and her husband Micah Stansell worked together to design and install the multimedia works that frame the“Oscar de la Renta” exhibition. The installation features yards upon yards of fabric in a series of undulating cloth walls, lit in color and projections in beautiful botanical motifs and sparkling compositions that create a paper-lantern effect, adding a subtle sense of movement and energy to the garments.
  3. It’s a teaching museum: SCAD FASH is directly connected to 27,000 square feet of academic studio and classroom space dedicated to SCAD’s top-ranked fashion programs. Within the space, students have access to the most advanced technologies and resources, preparing them for careers in the world’s billion-dollar fashion industry. SCAD students and alumni also have a myriad of opportunities to share their work at SCAD FASH through design showcases, fashion shows, and exhibitions.
  4. Attention, learners of all ages: It’s not just students of SCAD who study and learn at SCAD FASH. K-12 classes are invited to visit the museum for a one-of-a-kind experience. Educators have access to SCAD’s award-winning curriculum guides with exercises customized to each exhibition and mapped to National Visual Arts Standards to share with their students.
  5. Climb the stairway to heavenly views: Every SCAD FASH visitor enters the museum by the elegant Grand Staircase leading to a magnificent terrace that offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the Atlanta skyline. Inspiration for the entrance’s design was drawn from Hong Kong and Lacoste, France to pay homage to SCAD FASH’s connection to the university’s global community.
  6. The interiors are tailor-made:  SCAD FASH includes many custom-made touches that reflect the latest in architectural and design prowess. The state-of-the-art features include Terrazzo floors consisting of marble, quartz, granite and glass; walls detailed with everything from wood paneling to fabric to copper to Venetian plaster; and custom rough-hewn wood shelving in the Film Salon.
  7. Take home a custom keepsake: Through SCAD FASH 300, visitors have a chance to expand their art collection and support the university’s mission of educating future leaders in fashion, film, and fine art. For the current “Oscar de la Renta” exhibition, SCAD commissioned Atlanta artist and SCAD graduate Lucha Rodriguez created a print inspired by the intricate patterns and dynamic use of color in de la Renta's work. These exclusive works of art are available for purchase in the Film Salon.
  8. Become a quick study on all things Oscar de la Renta: Also available for purchase is the new Rizzoli book, Oscar de la Renta: His Legendary World of Style, by André Leon Talley. Designed and prepared for press by SCAD, the volume is a work of art in itself and includes Talley’s recollections of his dear friend’s life and legacy, as well as personal essays by Anna Wintour and SCAD President Paula Wallace.
  9. You can look, and yes, please touch: SCAD students and faculty are invited to use the newly refurbished Fashion Resource Library that offers an up-close, tactile learning experience. The library gives students direct access to an extensive garment study collection consisting of fabric swatches, snaps, buttons, and threads, as well as a set of skins and leather samples donated by Michal Kors.
  10. Now that’s vintage: The SCAD FASH Study and Conservation Lab houses selections from the SCAD Museum of Art’s permanent collection of 4,500 fashion garments, accessories, and photographs. Many of these items, some of which date back to the 16th century, will be featured in future SCAD FASH shows. Through scheduled appointments, SCAD FASH guests are able to view items from the collection to deepen their understanding of how garments are constructed.

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Savannah Film Fest lineup and honorees announced


The wait for the announcement of this year's Film Fest honorees is finally over! Meg Ryan will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award; Olivia Wilde will receive the Spotlight Award; and Alfie Allen will receive a rising Star Award. There will also be a special "An Evening with Saoirse Ronan" following a screening of her film "Brooklyn."

As part of the Conversation Series, director Marc Abraham and actress Elizabeth Olsen ("I Saw the Light"), director Catherine Hardwicke ("Miss You Already"), director Sarah Gavron and producer Alison Owen ("Suffragette"), and composer David Lang ("Youth") will participate in moderated discussions.

The following gala screenings have been added to the lineup:

  • Dixieland
  • Ithaca
  • Legend
  • Meadowland
  • Spotlight

The Signature Series films — a curated selection of premiere films that will conclude with an in-depth discussion with representatives of the film — have also been announced to include:

  • Coming Through the Rye
  • Dead of Winter: The Donner Party
  • Ek Harzarchi Note (1000 Rupee Note)
  • He Named Me Malala
  • Jasmine
  • Krisha
  • Mia Madre
  • One Day in Auschwitz
  • Return to Nuke 'Em High: Vol. 2
  • Song of Saul
  • Tab Hunter Confidential
  • The Prophet
  • Touched with Fire

More details, tickets and passes are available for purchase online, by telephone at 912.525.5050 or in person at the Trustees Theater, located at 216 E. Broughton St., Savannah, Georgia.

The 2015 Savannah Film Festival is almost here


The annual SCAD-hosted Savannah Film Festival is coming to town, opening on Saturday, Oct. 24 with a screening of “Suffragette,” the drama inspired by the early 20th century campaign of the suffragettes’ fight for women’s right to vote. The 18th annual festival — held in downtown Savannah — will take place from Oct. 24-31. The first wave of films confirmed to show at the festival include the following:

  • Brooklyn
  • I Saw the Light
  • Krisha
  • Mia Madre
  • Miss You Already
  • Room
  • Son of Saul
  • Touched With Fire
  • Truth
  • Youth

The additional lineup — including the Docs to Watch, After Dark Series and Competition Screenings — will be announced on Thursday, Oct. 1 where additional tickets and passes will be available for purchase online, by telephone at 912.525.5050 or in person at the Trustees Theater, located at 216 E. Broughton St., Savannah, Georgia.

Coming this fall to SCADshow


Built in 1986 as the Academy Theater and then acquired by SCAD in 2014, SCADshow plays host to aTVfest and other SCAD Atlanta events. The 13,000 square-foot building features two stages with a total of 560 seats and made its debut at the 2014 aTVfest.

The fall programming schedule has been released, which includes these signature series:

SCAD Creativity, Design and Innovation Series
  • Brings world-class artists, designers and thinkers to celebrate art, design, creativity and innovation
  • This year's guests include Welby Altidor, Dr. Brian Greene, Kathy Supove and Anab Jain
SCAD Cinema Circle
  • Showcases essential classic films every student should see on the big screen
  • Features post-show discussions hosted by SCAD professors
  • The Fashion Documentary Series include "Bill Cunningham New York," "Dior and I" and "Iris"
SCAD Unplugged
  • Presents some of today's best singer-songwriters in an intimate, unplugged setting
  • Guests include SZA and Son Little

For more information and updates on events, visit scadshow.com.

Watch me whip, watch me nae nae, watch me SCAD


Things got crunk at the Fall 2015 Orientation when hip-hop sensation Silentó took to the stage and performed his viral hit "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)" at the Savannah Civic Center. His performance closed out the warm welcome given by SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace, and alumnus Zach Parish (B.F.A., animation, 2007).

Just before the performance, President Wallace announced the new university initiative #WatchMeSCAD, inviting incoming students to post a video on social media explaining why their accomplishments should be "watched" throughout the 2015-16 academic year. Select students will be documented at various upcoming SCAD events, and videos of their journeys will be shared through SCAD's social media channels.

You can watch Silentó's full performance right here.

Welcome to SCAD, class of 2019! Your creative future starts here.

Hero image courtesy of SCAD. Video by Associated Press, commissioned for SCAD.

SCAD FASH: Off the red carpet and into Atlanta


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.

Making 'i feel ya' with André 3000 Benjamin


Dr. Dre and Apple. David Byrne and color guard. Collaboration is how the world rolls, and the projects can be as lucrative as they are novel. Social and digital media have erased traditional boundaries, so we shouldn’t be surprised by these partnerships; we should be prepared.

i feel ya: SCAD + André 3000 Benjamin (July 18 - Sept. 13 at SCAD Museum of Art) — the multi-genre, multi-artist exhibition inspired by Benjamin’s jumpsuits from the Outkast reunion tour — primed Savannah College of Art and Design students to launch their own multi-hyphenate endeavors. Their participation in i feel ya was an extension of their every-day collaborations: an animation student teams up with a film student, who partners with a fashion student, who consults with a fibers student.

Knowing how to work with other disciplines and leverage the strengths of a co-worker goes a long way in today’s workplace, and it takes practice. So when these young creatives linked up with a hip-hop star, an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and an acclaimed painter to make i feel ya, many epiphanies were in store.

It wasn’t long after Cody Ziglar (M.F.A., film and television) returned from Outkast’s show in Montreal that he became a production assistant on Trumpets, Benjamin’s film with director Greg Brunkalla (B.F.A, video/film, 2001) for i feel ya. Ziglar has listened to Benjamin’s music since he was in middle school and knew he wanted to write and direct television before that. So when Benjamin poked his head in Ziglar’s edit room at Savannah Film Studios during the making of Trumpets, Ziglar’s interests collided.

i feel ya inspired me to jump back in to more experimental filmmaking and delve in to a more abstract way of thinking and I love it. I gained a new sense of confidence regarding my portfolio and work ethic. — Cody Ziglar

Meeting Benjamin, learning pre-production and making lasting connections with producer Omar Bustos were highlights for Ziglar, one of a dozen SCAD students who worked as a PA on Trumpets. “Working closely with a director and producer was a fun experience,” Ziglar said. “I really got an understanding of exactly how the sausage is made.”

While Ziglar was behind the camera, performing arts student Caroline Huey was in front of it. She wore one of Benjamin’s jumpsuit in the film. In the exhibition, these scenes of Huey and other actors are reflected in Jimmy O’Neal’s large-scale mirrored paintings. She also helped the SCAD Casting Office find talent for i feel ya.

There was so much collaboration in this project and such respect for the different artistic mediums. This is something I’ll carry with me as I continue through my training and my career. — Caroline Huey

Many months before, in Atlanta, fashion graduate student Jessica Fulks went through a different kind of casting call. Benjamin approached the SCAD fashion program for a consult on producing multiple versions of his signature jumpsuit for the Outkast tour, and Professor Kevin Knaus put him in touch with Fulks. In addition to creating a technical package for his suits, the aspiring menswear designer bonded with Benjamin. He showed her his sketchbook, she shared her collections.

Before Huey wore one of the suits and Ziglar researched the location on which to shoot them, Fulks saw them in action on stage when Outkast played Atlanta. Each had different experiences but learned a similar lesson: there’s no limit to what can happen when artists put their heads together.

i feel ya gave these students some answers. The question is, what will they make because of it?

The 'how' behind the 'wow moment' of Commencement 2015


It’s not easy to forget the finale to SCAD Commencement, Will Penny’s (B.F.A., painting, 2008; M.F.A., painting, 2013) goal exactly. With his spectacular interactive installation that seemed to envelope the graduates, the artist succeeded mightily at creating a memorable send off for the Class of 2015.

Here’s a glimpse of that moment from the graduates' perspective and Penny on creating this digital feast for the senses:

“The commencement backdrop was made primarily in Adobe After Effects using several different 3D content plugins. A lot of modeling was done in Rhinoceros as well.

Having witnessed commencement ceremonies in several capacities — as a guest in the stands, as a student on the floor and as a speaker on the stage — I tried to think about the space as a whole, which led us to creating the projection mapped content.

The commencement backdrop consisted of a series of computer-generated vignettes designed to create a heightened sensorial experience. The physical space of each ceremony — the Civic Center in Savannah and World Congress Center in Atlanta — was augmented with digitally constructed content predicated on the dichotomy of virtual and physical modes of perception. Form, color and sound were carefully choreographed to expand and unfold through the duration of the ceremony. As a whole, I intended for the content to indirectly symbolize the diffusion of unbound potential and possibility held within the graduating class of 2015.”

As of now, the work remains untitled. Known as “the Wow moment,” we think the nickname for the digital masterpiece sums up Penny's efforts perfectly.

Commencement speaker John Lasseter’s advice to young artists


John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, isn’t a stranger to budding artists. His son graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture. A member of the class of 2015, Sam Lasseter was one of 2,100 graduates in Savannah and Atlanta whom Lasseter encouraged with his wisdom-packed commencement address on the power of creativity. After all, Lasseter was a young artist once, sitting where Sam and his classmates sat. He laid bare the journey that began his freshman year of high school and led to one of the most influential careers in entertainment.

With the zeal of his character “Sheriff Woody Pride” — whom Lasseter carried on stage as an emblem of his dream come true — and the authority of a master, Lasseter shared these insights on making a creative career:

On discovering what you want to do
What Lasseter told his five sons says it all: “Choose something that you love to do and you will never work a day in your life.” He shared with the graduates that the core of his success is a love for cartoons and a profound desire to make animation for everyone, not just children. 

On getting fired for what you want to do
Coexisting with Lasseter’s passion for cartoons was a strong conviction that the future of the industry was computer animation. But during his first stint with Disney, as a young animator, Lasseter’s enthusiasm for this new approach wasn’t reciprocated and it cost him his job. Seemingly a set back, this unanticipated development actually freed him to pursue his vision and led to the formation of Pixar.

To be fired from the place of your dreams was so painful and embarrassing for me that it took decades before I could even tell people about it. - John Lasseter

On finding partners to help you do what you want to do
Attracted to his ideas, pioneers Ed Catmull and Steve Jobs embraced Lasseter. His desire to innovate was a beacon for like-minded partners who encouraged and challenged him to achieve what audiences had never seen before, movies like Toy Story, the number one film at the box office upon its released in 1995.

On sacrificing for what you want to do
Lasseter drove home that making something new comes with sacrifice. Sleep was only one of the things that Lasseter gave up along the way. Another was ego and being right. Opening his work up for his peers to critique, even before it was polished, was uncomfortable but essential to his growth as an artist.

To really truly be creative you have to be willing to take risks. You have to put yourself out there. You have to be willing to fail. - John Lasseter

On the privilege of doing what you want to do
An artistic career is hard work, but it is one where the rewards are — in the words of another Pixar hit — incredible. Of all the awards he has won, Lassetter remarked that a well-loved “Woody” doll is by far the most important acknowledgement of his legacy because it means that he reached and made an emotional connection to someone by doing what he loves well.

In sharing the story of his career, and his most prized possession, Lasseter answered with a resounding “yes” the question that is on every graduate’s mind. “Can I make a difference?”

Oscar de la Renta's Peter Copping on making a fashion career


For perspective on the legacy he inherited as creative director of Oscar de la Renta, Peter Copping visited the SCAD MOA exhibition, Oscar de la Renta: His Legendary World of Style. Recently, Copping returned to Savannah College of Art and Design, this time to SCADshow in Atlanta, for a discussion about careers in fashion and to share his insights on the future of the Oscar de la Renta brand.

In his discussion with Carmela Spinelli, fashion historian and international admission liaison for SCAD, Copping touched on subjects ranging from collection planning to designing couture for the everyday woman — offering students anecdotes from his career and his views on what it really takes to make it in the fashion industry.


Though not on his list, a powerful lesson is how gracefully Copping stepped in to his role as Oscar de la Renta’s first creative director. Originally, the idea was for Copping to work alongside de la Renta for a season or two, but the untimely death of the brand’s namesake accelerated Coppings learning curve.

This isn’t Copping’s first time leading a major fashion house; his resume boasts names like Christian Lacroix, Sonia Rykiel, Louis Vuitton and Nina Ricci. In the 1980s, with the love and support of his family, he moved to London to begin his career. Copping didn’t hesitate about his passion, which propelled him into a whirlwind career that has taken him from London to Paris and New York.

It’s an interesting time for fashion. The great thing is that it’s constantly needing new blood to come in and push things forward. - Peter Copping

Copping first met de la Renta in the design icon’s Park Avenue apartment, a meeting Copping described as “very natural.” Though they didn’t discuss fashion, the two connected on many other topics. But since Copping took over in October 2014, to really get a sense of the man de la Renta was and how his visions came to fruition, Copping has relied on the people who knew the mastermind best and worked with him the longest. Ultimately, Copping shared, it was de la Renta’s clothes that spoke to him and told him what he needed to know most.

Copping pointed out that while glamour can be found in fashion studios, he has tremendous respect for the designers in the atelier, whom he described as geniuses. He values garment structure, cutting, sewing and draping — preferences that align with de la Renta’s sensibilities. “I worked for twenty years in Europe, most of my career was spent in Paris, and I think that’s something I can bring to the house as well,” said Copping. “Oscar is one of the most Parisian designers you have in New York, he had a great appreciation for French couture — he worked in the south [of France] for a number of years. That was very important for him.”

SCAD President Paula Wallace interviews Copping. 

Copping also touched on the pressure to create well-reviewed collections in rapid succession, for which he says he thinks forward to the next collection before the current one is even shown. And while he likes a zen atelier, he thrives under pressure. He attributes this to being a grounded person and cautioned students to not get sucked in to the pressure of pleasing critics: “Know that it is not the be all and end all of everything,” Copping warned.

In the question and answer portion of the discussion, Copping advised students who are curious to explore their entrepreneurial spirit to also honor the art of fashion by gaining as much experience as possible. “I learned a great deal at college, but once I actually arrived in Paris and could observe and work with a French atelier I even learned more,” he shared.

His final words of encouragement: “Fashion is a wonderful world to work in — there’s so many different careers within that — like I said, the ateliers, in marketing, in sales," said Copping. “So it’s a very rich and invigorating place to work. It’s an interesting time for fashion. The great thing is that it’s constantly needing new blood to come in and push things forward.”

Aspiring designers have only to watch Copping to get a sense of how it’s done.

Danielle Styles is a public relations manager at SCAD Atlanta.