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Stephens College announces Fall 2016 gallery show, “Scaasi: Fashioning a Colorful Life”

September 27, 2016


The Stephens College Costume Museum & Research Library has announced its Fall 2016 gallery show will be “Scaasi: Fashioning a Colorful Life.” The gallery will feature couture and ready-to-wear day and evening ensembles by Arnold Scaasi from the 1970s-1990s. Scaasi donated more than 30 items to the Costume Museum and & Research Library in 1997.

Arnold Isaacs was born May 8, 1930. With the rise of Italian design in the mid-1950s, he reversed the spelling of his name to become “Scaasi.” With his recent death in 2015, show curator Dr. Monica McMurry explains, “the museum is paying homage to his influence on American fashion design.”

During his early career with the House of Dior, Scassi was asked by Christian Dior: “Why don’t you bring fashion to America? America is the future.”

Scaasi moved on to design clothing for well-known women such as Jacqueline Kennedy, Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Mamie Eisenhower and Mary Tyler Moore.

Arnold Scaasi began designing using the French couture technique for American women in 1956. Within two years he won the coveted Coty Fashion Critics Award. In 1996, he was honored with the Council of Fashion Designers of America Lifetime Achievement Award.

The gallery exhibit will open on Saturday, Oct. 1 with public hours from 12-3 p.m. The show will also be highlighted during Artrageous Weekend from Oct. 14-16. The show will continue through Dec. 18 with the following gallery hours: 12-1 p.m. Wednesdays, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, and 12-3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

The gallery is located on the mezzanine level of Lela Raney Wood Hall, and all gallery shows are free and open to the public. For additional information, please contact: (573) 876-7220 or (573) 876-7233.


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