I always knew there were museums in Atlanta but never fashion exhibits. So when I heard about the SCAD Fash Museum Ruth E. Carter & Patrick Kelly Exhibit I knew I had to go!
First, I want to break down my initial preparation before visiting the exhibits. Initially, we couldn’t just walk up to explore the exhibit. We had to purchase our tickets online and reserve our visitation slot. When we arrived, they asked for our e-ticket to scan, and instructed us to stand in front of a temperature machine. Once this was completed, there was no surprise that we would have to wear a mask for the entire visit. Thankfully, If you forget your mask, they will provide you with one. They don’t play either! When I attempted to take photos in the lobby, security checked me real quick asking me to put on a mask before entering. I was like ” sis this pink mask does NOT match my fit” , but I was still able to get a few flicks for you guys (photos below).
Before entering the exhibit we were told video was prohibited; however, you can take photos without flash. When you walk in it’s very dark and moody and the only thing highlighted is the art which I loved!
The first exhibit you see when walking in is Ruth E. Carter. She’s an African American costume designer for film and tv with over 40 films under her belt dating back four decades! The goat! Carter is known for her iconic detailed designs in films such as Black Panther, Do the Right Thing, Selma, I’m Gonna Get You Sucker, Shaft, Roots and more. Here’s some of her work I caught on display.
Derrick Adams Exhibition: Patrick Kelly the Journey
After walking through Carter’s exhibit, there was a smaller exhibit off to the side by an African American visual/performance artist & curator named Derrick Adams. Before I give you my thought’s, here are a few words regarding his work by Derrick Adams.
Although this exhibit was smaller, it was my absolute favorite! I was immediately captivated when I walked in. Everything was so nostalgic and I immediately recognized his designs. Growing up my mother use to wear structured pieces like the pieces pictured , especially when we lived in Atlanta while she was modeling. She would let me accompany her to industry parties where she wore these beautiful pieces. I love everything about the bold shoulders, patterns, and colors. These looks have honestly come back and I love wearing them any chance I get. I would love to get my hands on one of his patterns to create some pieces for myself!
What I Wore
So let’s review my look! My vibe these days tend to be a more neutral pallet, but I love strong prints and anything with structure. I wore a blazer I thrifted a while back with a black bra and high-waist compression leggings. I Paired this ensemble with a cream over coat and faux leather/fur loafers. I love the silhouette of the structured shoulders on the blazer, especially once I layered it under my coat.
Since my top had strong shoulders, I wanted to bring a little sexiness’ in by closing the blazer and wearing a bra, keeping the bottom half of my outfit form fitting. Since I knew I’d be walking a bit, I wore flats that complemented the colors I was wearing. The loafers helped anchor my look. I kept my accessories minimal with my Africa pendent, black sun glasses, and a gold watch. If you want this look, here are some similar affordable pieces below.
I felt very proud as a black woman walking through this exhibit. No matter the trials or tribulations, we are so resilient. To see two African Americans who have created such beautiful art that will live beyond their years is absolutely beautiful. I can not lie, looking at some of these pieces made me sad because I had no choice but to reflect on the times we’ve been through as black people (Roots). However, Ruth captured the time beautifully with her art. Seeing the evolution of fashion and how it repeats it self excites me as a fashion blogger because I have endless pieces of inspiration to pull from.
More people should know about this exhibit and support. After I visited, I wanted to go back! Unfortunately, the Derrick Adams Exhibition of Patrick Kelly closed the day after my visit. Ruth Carter’s exhibit will be on display until September 12, 2021. To purchase tickets, please click here. If you have the chance, please go see it for yourself in person. These pictures simply do not do it justice. If you have a chance to visit SCAD, please reach out to me on Instagram and let me know how your experience was and tag me in your photos!