This past weekend the SCAD Museum of Art presented Little Black Dress curated by SCAD trustee and Vogue editor Andre Leon Talley. It will travel across the globe at the start of 2013. This exhibit features 80 garments from a plethora of both contemporary and historic fashion designers including Marc Jacobs, Miuccia Prada, and Renee Zellweger.
“Little Black Dress is designed to showcase the divergent and individual manifestations of the little black dress across this modern century and the last,” said Talley. “The exhibition highlights the strength of individualism, charting the evolution of the little black dress from its native definition of invariable propriety, to new and distinctly contemporary explorations of texture, tone, and silhouette.” (SCAD MOA)
I thought the exhibition was done very nicely while celebrating the little black dress in all ways. Being able to see beautiful dresses usually seen in photographs is a much different and rewarding experience. From Tom Ford’s dress worn by Lady Gaga to Prabal Gurung’s falls collection worn by Sarah Jessica Parker makes one appreciate the craft that goes into such classic pieces of art. I was also impressed by the overall layout and atmosphere of the exhibition. The SCAD MOA is such a striking venue to see such a collection. The red walls made the black dresses and white mannequins stand out.
The only thing I found interesting were the two blue dresses incorporated in the exhibition. They did not particularly blend in with the others or the overall theme. With that being said, it was such a wide variety of dresses really emphasizing the shifts in fashion over the past decades.