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Tête-à-tête: The Conversation Between Fine Art and Fashion

Start Date 12 January 2016
End Date 31 January 2016
Venue SCAD Museum of Art
Location Georgia, USA
Curator Melissa Messina, Alexandra Sachs, Storm Janse van Rensburg and Amanda York
exhibition display of mannequins and photography

SCAD Museum of Art presented Tête-à-tête: The Conversation Between Fine Art and Fashion from the SCAD Museum of Art Permanent Collection,” a series of intimate aesthetic “conversations” across media. Artworks and garments of historical and contemporary importance were paired to illustrate how inspiration transcends time and disciplines.

The featured works share colour, texture, technique or imagery. For example, Beauford Delaney’s bright, gestural “Portrait of Ella Fitzgerald” (1968) is paired with a gold Mainbocher brocade gown of the same decade.

“Tête-à-tête” captured artists Chakaia Booker, Salvador Dalí, William Etty, Angelo Filomeno, Nicholas Hlobo, Jacob Lawrence, Marisol, Wangechi Mutu, Nelson A. Primus, Paul Sandby, Alma Thomas, Andy Warhol and Carrie Mae Weems in an imagined dialogue with the designers Stephen Burrows, Coco Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Marc Jacobs, Miuccia Prada, Paco Rabanne, Ralph Rucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton and Vera Wang.

Image credit: Quint Scott