The SCAD Fash museum, part of the Savannah College of Art and Design, recently invited the creations of famed designer Azzedine Alaïa (1935–2017) and Gilbert Adrian (1903-1959). As mentioned by SCAD Fash, “Alaïa was a consummate collector of Adrian’s work, reveling in the designer’s fit, form, and proportion.” Thi exhibition is in partnership with the Association Azzedine Alaïa in Paris and this is the designer’s “first posthumous U.S museum exhibition, nearly 20 years after his last stateside show.” This exhibition focuses on the mastery of the tailoring and the cut; it also showcases both the tailored looks of both the designers as well as their career-defining pieces of work.
Adrien is known for his works for the Wizard of Oz and was the “head of costume design at MGM during the Golden Age of Hollywood (1924-41).” He dressed Joan Crawford and Greta Garbo among other mega Hollywood superstars. On the other hand, Alaïa gained popularity during 1980-1990 as he started dressed supermodels such as Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista. Furthermore, the exhibit was curated by fashion historian and curator Olivier Saillard and organized for SCAD Fash by Rafael Gomez.
The exhibition took my breath away from the very first moment that I entered the room. The gowns were absolutely exquisite and the fashion students at SCA