A special exhibition explores headwear evolution at SCAD FASH.

The Savannah College of Art and Design’s newest museum, SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film in Atlanta, presents “Embellished: Adornment Through the Ages,” a chronicle of European and American fashion represented by hats, accessories and curios. This momentous exhibition presents a survey of adornment, from the lavish embellishments of the mid-18th century and the Belle Époque, to the sophisticated elegance of the years during and following the world wars. This exhibition also marks the two-year anniversary of the museum.

SCAD Atlanta – Fall 2016 – Exhibitions – “Embellished: Adornment Through the Ages” – Photography by Justin Chan

On display will be pieces from Elsa Schiaparella, the House of Balenciaga, Christian Dior and more from renowned collector and Italian fashion professor Raffaello Piraino. “Embellished: Adornment Through the Ages” is SCAD FASH’s first exhibition to focus completely on fashion’s evolution. It’s also marks the U.S. debut of selected pieces from the legendary Raffaello Piraino Collection, which is housed in Palermo, Italy, and consists of more than 5,000 ornate garments and accessories that belonged to the Sicilian aristocracy and bourgeoisie.
Headwear, such as a 1830s Florentine high drawn straw bonnet, a 1920s felt helmet cloche with silk embroidery and an early 20th century military felucca hat, is featured with a host of other accessories, including interchangeable shoe buckles from the early 1700s, ornate parasols and a finger stretcher for shaping leather gloves. Vintage magazines, a miniature fashion doll and historically significant pieces from the SCAD Permanent Collection complement these treasures, providing extensive insight into economic, cultural and political fashion history.
“Embellished: Adornment Through the Ages” is curated by Rafael Gomes, SCAD director of fashion exhibitions, with assistance from Luca Lo Sicco, SCAD professor of fashion marketing and management.
“Embellished: Adornment Through the Ages” is on view now through January 29, 2017.

Museum hours:

Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The exhibition is free for museum members, and all SCAD students, faculty, staff with a SCAD CARD. Open to the public with the cost of museum admission.


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