I attended the Carolina Herrera exhibit: Refined Irreverence at SCAD Fash Museum of Fashion and Film this week. Thank you to José for the invite! I was blown away. Aside from Carolina Herrera being a hugely influential designer, the pieces affected me on a personal level, bringing back a nostalgia I didn't expect.
The exhibit is beautiful, with each dress explained. I got to see dresses from the runway, the red carpet, and even film- the dress that Bella from Twilight wore in the film's wedding scene was there and I sent a pic to my boyfriend. He's a bit of a fan.
There were many looks that I remembered from my childhood. I loved watching the red carpet, and as I walked around the exhibit my 11 year old self gasped at seeing the pieces the celebrities wore. These were dresses I thought I'd never be able to see up close, and dresses that helped shape my personal style from a very young age.
Attending this exhibit reminded me of the scope of fashion and design. Others might see "just" clothing, but I see personality, risk, and statements. It was a dream to be so close to dresses I used to gawk at for hours on my television, and it filled me with a gratitude for the art that is design. Clothes are not just clothes. Thank you, Carolina Herrera and SCAD for the reminder.
The dress to the left was worn by Lucy Liu at the Golden Globes in 2013. I was fifteen, staring at the TV and watching how E! bashed the gown for looking like it came straight from the 80's. But I loved it. I loved the shape, the colors, the simplicity yet drama of it. It reminded me of an Italian vineyard and of Summers spent in Colombia staring at the pale blue sky.