André Leon Talley Talks About “The Little Black Dress Exhibition”

André Leon Talley, Contributing Editor at Vogue, has curated “Little Black Dress,” a new exhibition at the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia. Little Black Dress features 80 iconic and contemporary interpretations of the black dress including a 1907 Mariano Fortuny pleated silk dress, Whoopi Goldberg’s 2010 Chado Ralph Rucci caftan dress that she wore to the White House State Dinner, and a duplicate of the Tom Ford column dress and cape worn by Gwyneth Paltrow to the 84th Academy Awards. He includes the Commes des Garcons man’s shirtdress worn by Marc Jacobs and a duplicate of the Stella McCartney dress worn by Rihanna to the ball.

Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Prada, Balenciaga and Caroline Herrera gowns are found dressed on specially designed mannequins in the exhibition. The exhibition alludes to Talley’s epiphany – the black dress is a metaphor for the collapse of convention in haute couture. Talley, a SCAD trustee, is vested in both the future of the museum and the design college. “Little Black Dress” is on view until January 27, and is scheduled to travel to Paris and New York. Life +Times spoke with Talley in Savannah on the weekend the exhibition opened. Read the interview here.


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