The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) opened the first SCAD Museum of Art on its Savannah campus thirteen years ago, and now the school is preparing to unveil it's second museum space at its Atlanta campus – SCAD FASH.
Set to open its doors on October 1, with an inaugural exhibition that celebrates the work of American designer Oscar de la Renta (who was the focus of SCAD's Februrary exhibition – Oscar de la Renta: His Legendary World of Style – curated by Andre Talley). The museum will span a vast 10,000-square-feet and will consist of a public gallery space, a fashion conservation lab and a media library with an emphasis on film and digital elements, enabling it to host film screenings as well as exhibitions.
"SCAD FASH celebrates fashion as a universal language and garments as vehicles of identity," said SCAD president and founder, Paula Wallace. "This museum focuses on the past, present and future of fashion design, connecting conceptual to historical principles of dress, whether ceremonial, celebratory or casual."
Diane von Furstenberg, a champion for the new museum, added her excitement to the upcoming museum space: "SCAD is an amazing university because it encourages students to design their own careers and express their own visions. As a continuation of this mission, I am confident that SCAD FASH will inspire students, and all those who visit, to inspire others in turn. It's all about creating that cycle of empowerment."