The SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film and the SCAD Museum of Art present "Refined Irreverence," a dual exhibition celebrating Carolina Herrera and the 35th anniversary of the House of Herrera. The exhibition marks the first museum showing of Herrera's work. Featuring new and vintage designs from Herrera's 1981 inaugural collection to the present, "Refined Irreverence" includes more than 75 garments showcasing the designer's modern, dynamic classics.
Illustration used with permission of David Downton, © 2012 David Downton.
Since launching her first collection in 1981 at the behest of legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, Venezuelan-born Herrera has become synonymous with effortless elegance and modern refinement. "I have a responsibility to the woman of today — to make her feel confident, modern and above all else beautiful," Herrera said. Curated by Rafael Gomes, SCAD director of fashion exhibitions, "Refined Irreverence" includes runway looks, day wear, and bridal and red-carpet gowns worn by Michelle Obama, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Tina Fey, Renée Zellweger and Lucy Liu, as well as ensembles from Herrera's personal collection.
SCAD presents "Refined Irreverence," a SCAD-commissioned, inspiring filmic portrait commemorating the first retrospective exhibition of Carolina Herrera’s work and providing an intimate look at her storied, 35-year career. Created by SCAD students and alumni in conjunction with Ways and Means, the Grammy award-winning production company helmed by SCAD alumnus Ryan Dickie (B.F.A., video/film, 2006), the film will debut in conjunction with the extended run of the titular exhibition at SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film.
Through interviews and historical runway footage, "Refined Irreverence" captures the timeless elegance of Herrera’s vision and reveals the ingenious philosophy behind her designs. Featured commentary includes Reinaldo Herrera, Emmy Rossum and Lee Daniels, as well as SCAD director of fashion exhibitions, Rafael Gomes, and Michael Fink, dean, SCAD school of fashion discussing Herrera’s outstanding contributions to fashion, culture and design.
Instructional exercises in this curriculum guide explore 35 years of the designer's oeuvre from "Refined Irreverence," a dual exhibition presented concurrently at SCAD FASH in Atlanta and the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah. Herrera's timeless style is synonymous with effortless elegance and modern refinement, enriched by the incorporation of deep personal, historical and literary influences. Students are invited to draw connections between individual ensembles in the exhibition and the diverse creative disciplines that inform Herrera's fabric and conceptual choices. Additional context elucidates the strong intersection between fashion and art evident in each collection.