Press Release / May 4, 2015

Dame Vivienne Westwood to receive prestigious André Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award

The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) announced today the university is honoring acclaimed fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood with the André Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award on Friday, May 15 at 7 p.m. The event will be held at the Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St. and is open to the public.

Photographer: Juergen Teller

“In honoring Dame Westwood, SCAD pays tribute to an apotheosis of fashion and culture,” said SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace. “Every day students and alumni look to innovators like Westwood for inspiration and precedents that stretch the bounds of possibility.”

The André Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award is presented annually to luminaries of the fashion world in celebration of the graduating students' achievements in fashion. Previous recipients include Oscar de la Renta, Karl Lagerfeld, Miuccia Prada, Tom Ford, Vera Wang, Marc Jacobs, John Galliano, Isabel and Rueben Toledo, Diane von Furstenberg, Manolo Blahnik, Ralph Rucci, Francisco Costa and Stephen Burrows. Zac Posen received the André Leon Talley New Look Award in 2004.

Immediately following the award presentation, Dame Vivienne will share insight into her acclaimed career as both a designer and activist in a conversation with Véronique Hyland, of New York magazine’s The Cut. Hyland has written about the convergence of fashion and culture for publications including The New York Times, Women’s Wear Daily, Harper’s Bazaar and The New Yorker.

In conjunction with the award ceremony, Talley will curate an unrivaled collection of legendary Westwood designs at the award winning SCAD Museum of Art. The premiere exhibition will run from May 19 through September 13 and feature approximately 25 iconic pieces including menswear.

For award ceremony ticket information, visit the Savannah Box Office online, in-person at the Trustees Theater or by phone at 912.525.5050. The award ceremony is free but exclusive to ticket holders due to limited seating.

About Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood began designing in 1971 along with her then partner Malcolm McLaren in London. At the time they used their shop at 430 Kings Road, London, to showcase their ideas and designs. With their changing ideas of fashion came the change of not only the name of the shop but also the décor. It was in 1976 when Westwood and McLaren defined the street culture of Punk with Seditionaries.

By the end of the seventies Vivienne Westwood was already considered a symbol of the British avant-garde and for Autumn/Winter 1981 she showed her first catwalk presentation at Olympia in London. Westwood then turned to traditional Savile Row tailoring techniques, using British fabrics and 17th and 18th century art for inspiration.

1989 was the year that Vivienne met Andreas Kronthaler, who would later become her husband and long-time design partner, as well as Creative Director of the brand. In 2004 the V&A hosted a Vivienne Westwood retrospective exhibition to celebrate her 34 years in fashion – the largest exhibition ever devoted to a living British fashion designer. In 2006, her contribution to British Fashion was officially recognized when she was appointed Dame of the British Empire by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, and in 2007 was awarded the Outstanding Achievement in Fashion at the British Fashion Awards in London.

Vivienne Westwood is one of the last independent global fashion companies in the world. At times thought provoking, this brand is about more than producing clothes and accessories.

Westwood continues to capture the imagination, and raise awareness of environmental and human rights issues. With a design record spanning over forty years, Vivienne Westwood is now recognized as a global brand and Westwood herself as one of the most influential fashion designers, and activists, in the world today.

About André Leon Talley

André Leon Talley has served as a mentor for SCAD fashion students for over two decades. With a master's degree in French studies, he forged a career in the world of high style. He has worked closely with some of the most celebrated names in fashion, Hollywood and the arts. Talley began his career assisting Diana Vreeland at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute and later wrote forInterview Magazine and Women’s Wear Daily, before joining Vogue, where he served as creative director, editor-at-large and contributing editor for many years.

Oscar de la Renta: His Legendary World of Style was the fifth exhibition curated by Talley at the SCAD Museum of Art. Stephen Burrows: An American Master of Inventive Design (2014), Antonio Lopez and the World of Fashion Art (2013) followed the internationally acclaimed Little Black Dress (2012) and High Style (2011). Talley also curated Joaquin Sorolla and the Glory of Spanish Dress (2011), an exhibition of fine art and fashion at the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute in New York.

Talley was awarded an honorary doctorate from SCAD in 2008. He resides in New York and is an active member of the SCAD Board of Trustees.

SCAD: The University for Creative Careers

The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited university conferring bachelor’s and master’s degrees at distinctive locations to prepare talented students for professional careers. SCAD offers degrees in more than 40 majors, as well as minors in more than 60 disciplines. With over 30,000 alumni worldwide, SCAD demonstrates an exceptional education and unparalleled career preparation.

At locations in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia; in Hong Kong; in Lacoste, France; and online through SCAD eLearning, the diverse student body consists of nearly 12,000 students, from across the United States and more than 100 countries. SCAD’s innovative curriculum is enhanced by advanced, professional-level technology, equipment and learning resources. The university, students, faculty and alumni have garnered acclaim from respected organizations and publications worldwide including Time, Vogue Magazine and U.S. News & World Report. For more information, visit the official SCAD blog.

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