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Leather, Lace and Luster

Start Date 23 July 2019
End Date 02 February 2020
Venue SCAD Museum of Art
Location Savannah, Georgia USA
Exhibition with five mannequins displaying black garments; one on a plinth on the floor; two on mirrored plinths next to wall; and two mounted to the wall.
Exhibition with mannequin displaying a dress, mounted to the wall.
Exhibition with a mannequins displaying a garment.
Exhibition with a mannequin displaying a garment.

Black-colored clothing throughout history has come to symbolize everything from wealth, to bereavement, to teenage angst. Today, dressing in an all-black ensemble can be less statement-making and more utilitarian. However, the absence of color doesn’t necessarily correspond to simplistic, lackluster designs. In this installation of black evening wear from the SCAD Permanent Collection, drama and interest come from the expert choice of materials: the slickness of latex, the dimension achieved by layers of tulle, or the play of light and shadow inherent in lace or laser-cut mesh.

By utilizing weave structures, embellishments and finishings, the designers featured here — Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel Haute Couture, Diane von Furstenberg with her famous wrap dress, and Oscar de la Renta, among others — are able to create a dynamic, varied palette out of a single color. Many of the garments in the collection have been generously donated by friends of the university — from fashion designers of international acclaim and philanthropists who have set the standard for style — to be studied and admired by SCAD students and museum visitors. The SCAD Permanent Collection is exceptional in terms of its sartorial sophistication, elegance and fashion-forward style.

Images courtesy of the SCAD Museum of Art, Georgia USA.