Robert Wun: Between Reality and Fantasy
SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film, Atlanta
November 11, 2021 – April 22, 2022
The Savannah College of Art and Design is thrilled to debut Robert Wun: Between Reality and Fantasy, the first solo museum exhibition for internationally acclaimed fashion designer Robert Wun, at SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film in Atlanta. The exhibition features more than 40 garments curated from the London-based designer’s archive, runway presentations, and celebrity commissions.
Born in Hong Kong, Wun has become a rising star in the fashion world since launching his eponymous label in 2014. His elaborate, sculptural garments and accessories have been extolled for their striking silhouettes, technical precision, and masterful proportions. Wun favors a narrative approach to design, embracing a global perspective that honors his heritage yet refuses preconceived notions of Asian identity. He often looks to nature to inform his work, relating the asymmetry of organic forms to the complexity of being human. Energized by the potential of design to function as a universal language, Wun translates bold conceptual ideas into technically rigorous yet accessible garments that empower the wearer.
Wun’s elaborate collections have been praised by the world’s top fashion and art publications, and his designs have been worn by fashion icons known for making bold statements. Wun’s creations have been worn by Solange Knowles, Lady Gaga, Lizzo, Naomi Campbell, Alicia Keys, Cardi B, and Charli XCX, among others. The exhibition at SCAD FASH highlights Wun’s impressive roster of celebrity clients, showcasing avant-garde looks worn by Billy Porter, Céline Dion, Tessa Thompson, Doja Cat, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, and Issa Rae, as well as Chinese actress, model, and singer Fan Bingbing and British singer-songwriter Celeste. Wun has also collaborated with film director Wong Kar-wai and designed costumes for the 2015 film Hunger Games: Mockingjay.
SCAD students from the university’s top-ranked degree programs, including fashion, accessory design, luxury and brand management, advertising, and graphic design, will have the opportunity to engage with Wun through virtual exhibition tours, conversations, and other programming. Robert Wun: Between Reality and Fantasy is curated by Gomes and is the first museum exhibition of Wun’s work. Featuring looks and accessories from 2014 to the present, the exhibition is set in a contemporary installation that captures the organic quality of Wun’s designs.