A few weeks ago the weather was just right for an impromptu road trip to Savannah, Georgia. It’s a charming southern town with so much to see and do. I went specifically to check out the Oscar de la Renta exhibit at The Savannah College of Art and Design and spent the rest of the afternoon walking around the historic district. Here are a few snapshots of the day, if you’d like to see…
My first stop was the Oscar de la Renta Exhibit. There were so many gowns, jackets, and dresses on loan from celebrities and socialites, many of which were worn to past Met Galas. The fun part of the Met Gala is that each year there is a different theme that attendees dress to celebrate.
The dress on the left is my favorite. Oscar de le Renta designed it for Lauren Santo Domingo to wear to the 2012 Met Gala themed ‘Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations.’ Elsa Schiaparelli was a famous fashion designer and close friend of surrealist painter, Salvador Dali. She is probably most famous for her shoe hat, which reflects the the Surrealist movement and its celebration of the irrational.
The pink dress on the right is another de la Renta creation on loan from Taylor Swift. She wore it to the 2014 Met Gala, in which the theme was Charles James, arguably the most famous American courtier. Known as the father of American fashion, James used mathematics to construct sculptural gowns that were revolutionary for his time. He’s also credited with creating the classic silhouette of a cinched waist and full ballgown. This Oscar de la Renta dress is a subtle nod to the movement, and the pale pink is so Taylor.
On the left are snapshots I took at SCAD and on the right are photos of celebrities in the garments. From the top: Kirsten Dunst in Vogue, 2005; Lauren Santo Domingo at the 2014 Met Gala; Oprah at the 2014 Met Gala, Sarah Jessica Parker at the 2014 Met Gala (epic!); First Lady Laura Bush at the 2005 Presidential Inauguration.
Yes, that’s an animal-print rug made completely out of cigarettes. I saw this exhibit online prior to my visit and was intrigued by the concept. What’s incredible is the magnitude of the installation and the overwhelming odor of tobacco in the gallery. This piece was (if I had to guess) 20 feet long and while it was incredible to view it from every angle, the smell of tobacco gave me a headache after a few minutes. I felt bad for the docent at the door, but she seemed unaffected by the scent.
Another Xu Bing installation, printed on cigarette paper. You can check out the complete exhibit and learn more about the artist here.
After walking around the beautifully modern SCAD campus, I grabbed a bite to eat and walked a few blocks to the The Jepson Center, the Telfair Museum‘s modern art counterpart, to see the Warhol collection.
The Jepson Center lobby is absolutely gorgeous, and this installation made of parachute material can be seen before walking through the doors.
I think any girly girl would favor the Marilyns. She was literally the portrait of beauty. And those colors! I secretly wish I had them on my bedroom walls…
My last stop of the afternoon was a quiet moment in Telfair Square. It’s the perfect spot to regroup, people watch, and enjoy the beauty of Savannah. There were so many different kinds of tour groups that rode through, it was fun to listen and watch them all. I hope to go back to Savannah soon and see the Bonaventure Cemetery and visit Forsyth Park. If you have any suggestions, I’d love to know!