SCAD Atlanta’s Oscar de la Renta exhibition. 

(Photo:one shoulder prom dresses)Fashion lovers looking for a road trip over the holidays won’t want to miss a breathtaking exhibit of looks by the late iconic designer Oscar de la Renta at the Savannah College of Art and Design’s campus in midtown Atlanta.

The exhibit, which closes Dec. 31, includes 85 garments dating back to the mid-1960s – original de la Renta pieces as well as several fall 2015 looks by Peter Copping, the designer chosen by de la Renta to be his successor as head of the fashion house. (De la Renta died in October 2014.)

There are ball gowns on loan from A-listers like Taylor Swift, Nicole Kidman and Oprah Winfrey, formal wear worn by Laura Bush during a state dinner and an inauguration, and a massive red gown worn by Beyoncé in a Vogue spread.

One of the exhibit’s best features is the roaming docents (SCAD students) in white lab coats, who, if asked, will tell the story behind almost any piece. They carry iPads and, in many cases, will pull up images of the garment being worn by its owner.

(For example, when asked about a black and white velvet and duchesse satin ball gown loaned by Sarah Jessica Parker with a giant “Oscar de la Renta” signature embroidered in red on its train, you’ll hear the story of how de la Renta didn’t really want his name so boldly placed on the gown but was talked into it by Parker, who wore it to the 2014 Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala. These are the kinds of insights that bring the designer to life.)

A large lounge with seating off the exhibit hall shows a short documentary, “Ovation for Oscar,” created by SCAD students and alumni about the creation of the exhibit; it’s worth the time to sit and watch.

When de la Renta died at age 82, he was mourned by plenty of Charlotteans, some who had come to know him from the designer’s several trips to the Queen City.

The exhibit was originally designed for the Savannah SCAD campus, where it was on display from February through May.

SCAD’s exhibit is the first to spotlight de la Renta’s works since his death. When the show closes, most of the pieces will be returned to their owners; a few will return to the Savannah SCAD campus as part of its permanent SCAD Museum of Art collection.Read more at:occasion dresses

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