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2009 August 7

Couture Peaches

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(NEW YORK) The current must-see couture exhibit is not on display in Paris or New York--it’s actually on view at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Mélange d’Art Sélect: Recent Acquisitions at the SCAD Museum of Art runs through September 30 and encompasses high fashion from the closets of Anna Wintour, Patricia Altschul, and the late C.Z. Guest.

The exhibition was made possible by Cornelia Guest, who decided to pay tribute to her mother C.Z. by donating more than 500 costumes from the family’s collection, including pieces by houses like Balmain, Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta, and others. André Leon Talley then inspired his boss Wintour and Altschul to follow suit.

Late last year, the Vogue editor cleaned out her couture closet and shipped it off to Georgia. She donated primarily Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel pieces that include a pale pink wool tweed number and a black wool dress and jacket ensemble from the mid 2000s with scalloped panels at the yoke and hem of the jacket.  Also on view is Wintour’s John Galliano for Christian Dior celadon green silk dress (Spring/Summer 2004) and a Dior suit ensemble (from Spring 2000). Karl Lagerfeld, on his part, offered up 40 large-scale photo pieces to compliment the collections.

“We are extremely grateful to our donors and to board member André Leon Talley whose encouragement for this new collection direction is of the utmost significance,” said Maureen Burke, executive director of the SCAD Museum of Art and dean of academic initiatives.
VALENTINE UHOVSKI

 




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