'Threads of History: Two Hundred Years of Fashion'

Now on View - March 12, 2017

'Threads of History:

Two Hundred Years of Fashion'

SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film presents "Threads of History: Two Hundred Years Fashion," a sartorial voyage through style and time celebrating the power of fashion and its capacity to reflect historical and cultural trends. Featuring rare European and American garments from the 18th through 20th centuries, the exhibition illuminates society’s shifting values as it traces the evolution of historic dress.

“Threads of History: Two Hundred Years Fashion” offers viewers the unprecedented opportunity to examine womenswear, menswear and children’s ensembles from a range of distinctive periods, from the ornate Rococo era and the grand Belle Époque to the glitzy Roaring ‘20s and the elegant New Look revolution following World War II.

Many of the garments on display appear courtesy of world-renowned Italian fashion professor and collector Raffaello Piraino, whose legendary collection, housed in Palermo, Italy, consists of more than 5,000 garments and accessories that belonged to the Sicilian aristocracy and bourgeoisie. Notable items from the SCAD Permanent Collection punctuate the exhibition.

"Threads of History: Two Hundred Years of Fashion" is curated by Rafael Gomes, SCAD director of fashion exhibitions, with assistance from Luca Lo Sicco, SCAD professor of fashion marketing and management.

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


Meagan Cignoli 'The Milliner'

Meagan Cignoli film: 'The Milliner'

SCAD presents "The Milliner," a SCAD-commissioned, short cinematic history of hats that chronicles the evolution of millinery and the considerations of modern hat makers as they reinterpret the form. With playful stop-motion visuals and sartorial special effects, "The Milliner" was produced by visual media artist Meagan Cignoli in conjunction with SCAD students and alumni, including:

  • Music composer Todd Beyer (B.F.A., sound design, 2007)
  • Assistant set designer Justin DiPiero (B.F.A., interior design, 2013)
  • Hat designer Brenna McCarthy (B.F.A., accessory design, 2016)

The film also features artwork by SCAD alumni including:

  • Abel Macias (B.F.A., illustration, 2002)
  • Lucha Rodríguez (M.F.A., printmaking, 2011)
  • Ryan Day (B.F.A., painting, 2016)
  • Katie Smith (B.F.A., painting, 2016)
  • Will Penny (M.F.A., painting, 2013, B.F.A., painting, 2008)

Cignoli is the founder of Visual Country, an award-winning creative video production agency based in New York City. "The Milliner" is now on view through Sunday, March 12, 2017.

Threads of History curriculum guide

Educational activities in this curriculum guide lead students on a sartorial voyage through "Threads of History: Two Hundred Years of Fashion," an exhibition celebrating fashion's capacity to reflect historical and cultural trends. Womenswear, menswear and children's ensembles from the ornate Rococo era and the grand Belle Époque to the glitzy Roaring '20s, and the elegant New Look revolution following World War II, reflect society's shifting values through the centuries. Students are invited to analyze fashion's role as a social signifier, discuss the relationship between fashion and art, explore how fashion reveals character and reflect on the past and anticipate the future.

Download the curriculum guide