"SCAD FASH exemplifies the university’s commitment to fashion for both students and professionals. And it demonstrates how SCAD continues to provide creative talent to the fashion industry."
— Domenico De Sole, chairman, Tom Ford International
Paula Wallace is the president and founder of the Savannah College of Art and Design, a private, nonprofit, accredited university for creative careers. Established in 1978, SCAD is the largest, most comprehensive art and design university in the U.S. Since her appointment as president in 2000, Wallace has more than doubled the university's enrollment from less than 5,000 students to more than 12,000 students hailing from more than 100 countries. Wallace has created several signature SCAD events, including the Savannah Film Festival, SCAD deFINE ART, SCADstyle, Sidewalk Arts Festival and SCAD aTVfest. Under her leadership, SCAD was named one of the 2015 Red Dot Design Rankings top four universities in the Americas and Europe. Further, the SCAD undergraduate interior design program earned DesignIntelligence's top ranking for five consecutive years.
Wallace earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Furman University and Master of Education and Education Specialist degrees from Georgia State University; she also was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from Gonzaga University. Wallace was appointed a Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques by the French Embassy in the United States of America, and the Georgia Historical Society named her a 2015 Georgia Trustee. She serves on the National Advisory Board of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.
Alexandra Sachs is the executive director of SCAD FASH and the university's Atlanta galleries and exhibitions. Prior to joining SCAD, she directed Solomon Projects, a gallery of contemporary art in Atlanta, for a decade. Additionally, Sachs has worked for the Baltimore Museum of Art and the British Council at the Venice Biennale. She serves as the vice president for board of directors of Art Papers and is an active volunteer for arts and civic organizations in Atlanta.
Rafael Gomes is the director of SCAD fashion exhibitions for the Savannah College of Art and Design. Before joining SCAD, he was an archivist and exhibition coordinator at Vivienne Westwood, where he oversaw the coordination and styling of global fashion shoots, videos and fashion shows. Gomes also designed, planned and executed large-scale exhibitions at numerous world-renowned museums and galleries, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Palace of Versailles, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art and the SCAD Museum of Art.