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VIVA AVANT GARDE: A JEREMY SCOTT RETROSPECTIVE
27 JANUARY – 17 MARCH 2019
Presented as an overview of groundbreaking American designer Jeremy Scott’s formidable practice—from early designs for his namesake label which debuted in Paris and collections which drew critical acclaim from industry icons to partnerships with international luxury brands—VIVA AVANT GARDE showcases the prolific nature of one of the most provocative and influential creatives in the fashion industry. A vast selection of clothing, handbags, footwear, and documentation of notable runway shows tells the sensational story of an iconic designer and celebrates the work of a true visionary and living icon.
Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Jeremy Scott graduated from the Pratt Institute in New York City with a degree in Fashion Design before immediately relocating to Paris, where he debuted his eponymous brand in 1997; a mere two years later, in 1999, he was nominated for Best Young Designer by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). In the twenty years since, Scott’s work has reached global recognition for its unique ability to subvert fashion norms through the use of humor and iconography―all of which culminate to imbue his designs with an aura of fun and playfulness.
Additionally, Scott is noted for the element of nostalgia that runs throughout his work. “It’s a wonderful emotion to touch upon,” he wrote in The Guardian in 2015. “...the stuff that resonates from childhood and innocence and days gone by—toys, TV shows...I think that’s because I loved clothes early on. I remember at maybe age five being concerned about what I wore right down to the underwear. I was very interested in the way clothing could make me feel like more than my normal self.” Interested in blending the high- and low-brow, he often incorporates television cartoon characters, Cadillac tail fins, McDonald’s golden arches images, and urban graffiti tags into his womenswear collections. Scott believes that employing this strong iconography helps to relay the message that “visuals are more instant than words.”
In 2002, Jeremy Scott returned to the United States, relocating to Los Angeles. In October 2013, he was named the Creative Director of Moschino fashion house.
Curated by Peter Doroshenko, Executive Director
NANCY C. + RICHARD R. ROGERS
ZOE + DAVID BONNETTE HEIDI + BILL DILLON
HANS THURNAUER CHARITABLE LEAD TRUST MUFFIN + JOHN LEMAK