SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film, part of Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), hosts its first historical retrospective exhibitions, “Threads of History: 200 Years of Fashion” and “Embellished: Adornment Through the Ages,” on display through March 19. The exhibits include styles by the House of Balenciaga and French fashion icon Christian Dior.

Threads of History: 200 Years of Fashion” features rare European and American garments from the 18th through 20th centuries. “Embellished: Adornment Through the Ages” is a chronicle of European and American fashion represented by hats, accessories and curios. The exhibitions offer the opportunity to examine womenswear, menswear, children’s ensembles and accessories from distinctive periods—from the Rococo era and the Belle Époque to the Roaring ‘20s and the New Look revolution following World War II.

In addition to notable items from the SCAD Permanent Collection, including the stylings of Italian designer Elsa Schiaparelli, many pieces appear courtesy of world-renowned Italian fashion professor and collector Raffaello Piraino. His collection, housed in Palermo, Italy, consists of more than 5,000 garments and accessories that belonged to the Sicilian aristocracy and bourgeoisie.

SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film, situated within the SCAD Atlanta campus at 1600 Peachtree St. in Midtown, focuses on the future of fashion design, connecting conceptual to historical principles of dress—whether ceremonial, celebratory or casual—and welcomes visitors of all ages to engage with exhibitions, films and educational events. Find out more at


Kathy Dean is a freelance writer and editor based in metro Atlanta.