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The world of Oscar de la Renta opens to admirers at SCAD Museum of Art

By Tarana Mayes
Savannah College of Art and Design opened André Leon Talley’s Oscar de la Renta: His Legendary World of Style (Feb. 5 – May 3) with a celebratory preview at SCAD Museum of Art. The fifty gowns, chosen by Talley for the first posthumous show to honor the designer, were the most illustrious VIPs in attendance. The dresses, loaned by Mr.

TV set as classroom and other reasons to get into television

By Megan Lombardo
The resurgence of TV is attracting a new generation of talent. Students are increasingly interested in jobs for the small screen, whether they are above or below the line. I tell them it’s a great time to get in, and that chances are good they’ll one day work for the same shows they binge watch. It seems that people used to get into the business because they were well connected, starry eyed, or gluttons for rejection. But the reasons why TV is a great career to shoot for are now better than ever. Here’s a few:

The architecture of trade and the 9th Savannah Symposium

By Robin Williams
What does Savannah have in common with Hong Kong, Cartagena, Venice and Mumbai?  As a port city, it has long been connected to global trade networks that have existed as long as the oldest human civilizations. Consider a lowly piece of Savannah pavement – a remarkable cobblestone etched with Chinese characters that began its life as a tombstone in China in 1798, became ballast in a ship in the 19th century, and ended up in Savannah as a cobblestone.

The students of Oscar de la Renta

By Tarana Mayes
Legacy can be tangible and intangible. In the case of Oscar de la Renta, it is both, and it is flourishing in a place where young designers begin their careers. During his 2001 visit to Savannah College of Art and Design’s fashion show to accept the André Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award, the designer shared this wisdom for breaking into the industry based on his own start with Cristóbal Balenciaga.

At SCAD Savannah bikes know no season

By Tarana Mayes
Got spring? No doubt, our friends up North are asking that. Winter will endure for a good while longer, but when it comes to commuting to and from classes at Savannah College of Art and Design, it is eternal spring.  That's because in a recent university survey, roughly 30 percent of SCAD Savannah students said they cycle daily or weekly. That’s compared to two percent for the general population of commuters in Savannah and the national average of just over one percent. Can’t say that we blame you, New England.

Studio Logic: Monica Cook's airy space is a palette for the intricate

By Tarana Mayes
Multi-media artist Monica Cook (B.F.A., painting, 2006) is a self-described scavenger. The materials and objects she finds in places both obvious and unthinkable are the basis for her life-size sculptures, which bear the same overt realism as her paintings. She makes these creatures, a blend of human and animal, to be posable so she can bring them to life by shooting them frame by frame for animation.

Hong Kong fashion talent on the rise

By Tarana Mayes
The rise of the Asian fashion market means up and coming designers no longer exclusively eye New York or Paris as launching pads for their careers. Nor does the industry expect that the next generation will hail from one of the traditional fashion capitols. Think Hong Kong’s Henry Lau. In addition to its proximity to the juggernaut of the Chinese market, for example, Hong Kong is home to major brands like Gucci, D&G, LV and Prada – all of which need new talent to thrive and evolve.

Reality TV frames up the next great furniture designer

By Tarana Mayes
Furniture design is the latest addition to the competition TV landscape, with "Framework" on Spike TV and “Ellen's Design Challenge” set to premiere on HGTV (and screen at aTVfest, Feb. 5 – 7 in Atlanta).

Beyond Google Glass: Geoffrey Beene scholarship winner makes wearable tech beautiful

By Tarana Mayes
Imagine a high-end piece of jewelry whose materials – the finest silver and semi-precious stones - elegantly camoflauge a host of technology designed to maximize your personal performance. Haven’t you seen this somewhere? The MICA bracelet at Barney’s? Tory Burch for Fitbit? No.

The making of a viral wedding video

By Tarana Mayes
Before the holidays, you may have shared, "Liked" or received Savannah College of Art and Design alum Tony Pombo’s (M.F.A., film and television, 2008) viral wedding video. His Atlanta-based production company Iris Films documented a husband (Steven) surprising his wife (Kelli) with an epic anniversary celebration, then watched the social media stratosphere explode with admiration. It’s proof that good work speaks for itself.