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Savannah College of Art and Design to Open First Fashion Museum in American South

The Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia is establishing a museum dedicated to fashion, according to the Art Newspaper’s Julia Halperin. Called SCADfash, the institution will feature garments from the university’s collection of more than one thousand pieces, and will include a fashion conservation lab, media library, and temporary exhibition space as well. Givenchy, Oscar de la Renta, and Yves Saint Laurent will all be featured in upcoming exhibitions.

“SCADfash celebrates fashion as a universal language and garments as vehicles of identity,” Paula Wallace, the president of SCAD, said. As Halperin notes, fashion exhibitions have often historically been blockbuster hits: Nearly half a million people visited the Alexander McQueen exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum—more visitors than any other exhibition with an entry fee in the organization’s history.