The Savannah College of Art and Design’s new fashion and film museum is targeting 75,000 visitors by 2019, as it plans to hold four to six rotating exhibitions a year showcasing works from famous and emerging designers, photographers and filmmakers, said executive director Alexandra Sachs.
This year, SCAD FASH hopes to draw 20,000 to 25,000 visitors, based on attendance at its latest show, “Carolina Herrera, Refined Irreverence,” which is expected to draw more than 10,000 to the facility that opened on SCAD’s Atlanta campus last October.
British designer and fashion stylist Daniel Lismore’s “Be Yourself; Everyone Else Is Already Taken” exhibit, which ran from Jan. 22 to May 1, had an attendance of 5,000, according to Sachs. That came on top of SCAD FASH’s maiden Oscar de La Renta show, which attracted 10,500 fans last fall.
Sachs would not provide investment figures for the new facility, which added 10,000 square feet of working space to the college’s 27,000-square-foot building. SCAD FASH has one large and one small gallery, as well as a media library for film and digital presentations. The permanent collection features 1,000 garments by designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Oscar de la Renta and Givenchy.
“We had a great turnout for Oscar de la Renta’s first posthumous exhibit,” Sachs said. “Given the same love people have forCarolina Herrera, we would expect that number to be matched or exceeded.” The Herrera exhibit runs until Sept. 25 and has installations in both Atlanta and SCAD’s Museum of Art in Savannah.
Alongside the Herrera show is a smaller one devoted to the late photographer Bill Cunningham, “Grand Divertissement à Versailles,” featuring exclusive shots of the John B. Fairchild-dubbed “Battle of Versailles” runway show of French and American designers in Paris in 1973. Cunningham famously photographed Herrera in a white evening gown in 1979.
SCAD FASH, which charges a $10 admission, also plans to sell roughly 500 memberships annually, with prices ranging from $50 to $70 for the public and $30 for SCAD staff. In 2016, the school estimates selling around 300 memberships, from 175 currently. Exhibit catalogues and other museum media will also be marketed. Based on those estimates, SCAD FASH’s base turnover could near $1 million in three years.Read more at:celebrity dresses
Elie Saab is the Beirut based designer who stormed the red carpet and Paris haute couture week with a single minded persistence that eventually wore down the pure minded souls who run French couture shows. (They would rather those who show at Paris couture week had their workrooms in Paris. It’s a 'Champagne only comes from the Champagne region' sort of argument).
Be that as it may, Saab is now a fixture on the schedule and probably boasts more Middle Eastern Princesses on his front row than all the other couturiers put together.
Not only princesses. I went to an Elie Saab shop opening once – a palatial edifice on the Avenue Franklin de Roosevelt in Paris - where I met Middle Eastern doctors and physicists who were loyal fans. The glamour bar is set high on planet Elie. Even so, it’s disconcerting to see under-tens modelling couture dresses.
Saab is surely not the only name to offer couture outfits that costs tens of thousands of Euros to children. I’m told some designers receive orders for bespoke coats for dogs. If you dress chihuahuas, it probably seems churlish not to open your workrooms to small humans. However, most of them do it behind closed doors. Saab had seven Mini Mes on the catwalk – all adorable little girls for sure. But - and this may be a generational reflex – I’m not convinced this is a step in the right direction.
At least they weren’t wearing make-up or halternecks or any of the queasy-making products that various high street brands have offered to the primary school set over the years. If you can get past the extreme, vertigo-inducing prices, the tulle, embroidered and bird-print dresses were quite sweet: Alice in Wonderland meets Sugar Daddy.
The adult versions were more Veronica Lake: strong shouldered column dresses with necklines that plummeted more steeply than Sterling, thigh flashing slashed hems or classic sweetheart decolletages.
Beading is an Elie Saab speciality: here the form of gold starbursts, silver swallows or blue Statue of Liberty crenellations. This was Hommage: New York. Art Deco geometry traced across tulle or velvet, Chrysler building inspired peplums accentuated waists and hips. Flapper-girl feathers and gold embroidered leaves that looked as though they’d been painted onto black or flesh coloured organza and wrapped around the body to create a classic hourglass silhouette with elongated legs. It could have been an unholy mess, but by and large, it was glorious.
If glamour is your goal, these dresses were sensational. 1940s silhouettes combined with light, modern techniques and a Rhapsody in Blue soundtrack are quite hard to beat on a Tuesday morning. Add waved, side-parted hair, scarlet lips – and forgive him the children.Read more at:bridesmaid dresses
A year after stealing the hearts of netizens with a famous photo of her skirt train trailing down a staircase in the country, Madeow has left behind her rural life in Isaan to come to Bangkok, where she is quickly finding success as a young designer.
Now 17, the internet sensation that humbly gave herself the nickname “upcountry gatoey model,” has been featured as a guest designer on Asia’s Next Top Model. On the popular modeling show, Apichet "Madeow" Atirattana wowed the audience with upcountry-inspired designs like those that made her famous — costumes made of things found near her Isaan home such as chicken coops, banana leaves, and hay.
Madeow’s rise to fame started when she shared photos of herself modeling her humble but exquisite creations online. Soon, netizens were spellbound by Madeow. They loved that she had the daring spirit and the imagination to create these looks from the simplest household objects and pull them off with grace.
Asked what qualities she believed made her successful at such a young age, she said, “My creativity and guts to do something people don’t do. My creativity is not made up or distorted. It’s spontaneous and real.”
She explained how her earliest outfits were created by saying, “At that point, whatever I could find, I had to make it work because I came from nothing. I’m a kateoy. I wanted to play modeling, but I didn’t have beautiful dresses, so I put together stuff around my house and wore it.”
In those days, when she wasn’t modeling her fabulous designs on the internet, Madeow, who lived near a mountain in the Ban Fang district of Khon Kaen, said she would help her parents sell vegetables at the market.
She was lucky enough to grow up in a loving home where she came out at a very young age. Madeow recalled that her father bought her a doll to play with when she was just a child.
“My dad was the person who bought me a Barbie when I was in kindergarten. Then I would ask other people for scraps of fabric to make clothes for my doll,” Madeow said.
Many people wonder what space cake Madeow has been eating to come up with her out-of-this-world outfits? The teen designer responded that she never really put too much thought into it, but she has a habit of writing down ideas immediately so that she doesn’t forget them. She has created over 30 outfits that went viral when photos of them were shared online.
“It takes about 10-20 minutes [to make an outfit]. I had to see what I had at home because I could not afford to buy anything,” she said.
“Fashion can be anything: the past, present or future. It’s anything that you wear and you feel comfortable in. People might not get it, but it’s your fashion. You are different,” Madeow added.
At this point in the interview, I asked Madeow to think of an outfit made of Coconuts. She immediately responded with a beach dress idea.
“I would dry the coconut shells and weave them so it becomes fabric. It could be a beach outfit… Hawaiian style.”
After her success on Asia’s Next Top Model, where she designed outfits for nine contestants, Madeow is preparing to launch her own clothing line “Koma” — a collaboration with celebrity designer Kongpat “Ong” Sidapithak.
While no details could be revealed yet, don’t expect chicken coop-inspired outfits. Madeow said the clothes will be casual street wear that anyone can easily mix-and-match. Koma is likely to be sold online.
Asked what would be her next step, the aspiring designer said that she’d like to keep on doing what she loves — designing clothes. She has also been given a scholarship to study fashion at Bangkok University.