Mariette native Kahmani Zeon is a member of the SCAD Class of 2020 and, thanks to her grand debut in the virtual SCAD Fashion Showcase, now belongs among the elite company of the world’s working fashion designers. Her collection—a capstone project demonstrating the breadth and depth of a SCAD fashion education—was a highlight of the university’s virtual showcase this spring.
SCAD offers the most comprehensive fashion degree programs in higher education and is home to one of the largest schools of fashion in the world. The university’s annual fashion shows in Savannah and Atlanta typically sell out in less than a day and are attended and covered by fashion press, including Vogue, Vanity Fair, ELLE, and others—launching students’ careers, helping them secure internships, and showcasing the excellence of SCAD fashion across the world. This year, as a result of COVID-19, the university held its showcase virtually.
Each year, a jury of SCAD professors and industry pros selects the best-of-the-best student work for the fashion show runway—a coveted honor for every graduating student in the B.F.A., M.A., and M.F.A. degree programs. This year, Zeon’s collection was one of the honored student collections, selected by a jury featuring Robert Verdi (famed TV stylist), Lisa Sun (founder of Gravitas), Jonathan Cohen (designer), Jamie Barker (founder of Flagpole), Dana Donafree (founder of AnaOno), and others.
Poglehpa Zwo—the name of the vibrant collection by SCAD student Zeon—pays homage to handmade garments rooted in Liberia. The name (pronounced “po-GLAY-pah ZWOAH”) literally translates to “Thank God” in the language of the West African Bassa Tribe. Zeon named each garment in the collection after a specific African artifact or concept, with an double emphasis on African excellence and sustainable design.
See the full collection of Zeon’s work at https://www.kahmanizeon.com.
Graduates of the SCAD School of Fashion have gone on to work and design everywhere from couture houses across the world to Ralph Lauren, Anthropologie, Kohl’s, and Target. Across the years, various icons of fashion have been honored at SCAD, including Mahnolo Blahnik, Vera Wang, Miuccia Prada, Oscar de la Renta, Isabel and Ruben Toledo, and others.
The university has produced a remarkable series of award-winning fashion films, including Ovation for Oscar (winner of the Best Fashion Documentary at the 2018 London Fashion Film Festival), Autour du Bal (filmed in SCAD Lacoste with garments designed by SCAD students), Gui Pei: Couture Beyond (honoring China’s historic first couturier) and Le Futur, the world’s first animated fashion film, honoring iconic designer and entrepreneur Pierre Cardin.
The university is also home to SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film, the world’s only teaching museum focused on the intersection of film and fashion. This preeminent fashion museum emphasizes the discipline as a common language across media, garments as conduits of identity, and film as an immersive medium. With a No. 1 ranked graduate fashion program by the Business of Fashion and a film and television program filled with award-winning alumni, SCAD FASH was a natural application of the SCAD collaborative spirit. The SCAD Permanent Collection features designs by Tom Ford, Karl Lagerfeld, Vera Wang, Chanel, Vivienne Westwood, and so many others.
Occupying 10,000 square feet of the central SCAD Atlanta building, SCAD FASH’s grand staircase and panoramic view of the Atlanta skyline welcome guests to the gallery space, fashion conservation lab, and media library for educational film and digital presentations. SCAD FASH thoughtfully curates past, present, and future fashion artifacts, connecting conceptual and historical principles of dress. As a complement to the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, SCAD FASH serves as a teaching museum and wellspring of inspiration, cultivating year-round programming—dynamic, fashion-focused exhibitions, compelling films, and more—to engage the university as well as visitors from across the globe.
At SCADpro, SCAD students work directly with the fashion industry, creating a capsule collection for Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James and completing research and prototyping assignments for Swarovski, L’Oréal, Benetton, Fossil, Hamilton Watches, and Reebok, just to name a few others. Taken together, all these distinguishing factors elevates SCAD as the preeminent source of knowledge in fashion and fashion-related programs.