Jeremy Scott To Launch Dazzling Career Retrospective
Jeremy Scott, the guy who convinced you to wear your bag as a necklace, has just agreed to launch a retrospective of his design work at the Dallas Contemporary Museum in Texas. The retrospective, which is scheduled for 2017, will feature his designs from the past 20 years, which—keep in mind—amounts to half of his existence here on earth.
“It’s going to be my 20th anniversary next year, so to have the Contemporary do an exhibition of my work is a very exciting and thrilling moment,” Scott told WWD while visiting Dallas. “It’ll have things from my entire career. We’re still figuring out exactly how we want to use the space. Right now I have the opportunity [to use all 26,000 square feet], but I’m not sure.”
This isn’t Scott’s first retrospective either. Back in the early 2000s, before Scott embraced maximalism, he put on a show that was a retrospective of his early work—a weird move, if you think about it, considering he was still in his embryonic stages as a designer at the time.
“I remember how shocked people were when I created my own logo for my Duty-Free Glamour collection back in Spring 2000,” Scott told Vogue. “It was not something a young designer would be expected to do, as it had the air of being a corporate or licensed product that was more for earning revenue than for the runway. I love the power of brand iconography, but like anything in fashion, you have to use the right ingredients at the right time.”
Scott may be a celebrated designer and a BFF to many celebrities now, but he actually had an incredibly hard time gaining ground at the beginning of his career. According to The New Yorker, Scott was essentially exiled by the fashion industry after releasing an ’80s heavy collection back in 1997. “In reality, only a very few people can be rock stars,” Karl Lagerfeld told Cathy Horyn back in 2002. “Dear Jeremy Scott tried to become something like this, but he ended up like a cartoon.” Nothing burns quite like a Lagerfeld burn.
Even today, Scott isn’t in the good graces of all the fashion bigwigs. Of his last, fiery collection, Vanessa Friedman asked, “Are we burning down our house?” And by “house,” she meant fashion.
While he has his critics, the majority of the fashion industry has grown to adore Scott and his designs. He has, after all, redefined the world of fashion in pop culture, bringing shoes to life with dramatic wings, designing Katy Perry’s outfits for her Super Bowl XLIX performance, revamping MTV’s Moon Man, and turning McDonalds into veritable high fashion. All of that is just the tip of the iceberg for the Moschino creative director.
26,000 square feet of Jeremy Scott’s designs? We couldn’t imagine a more spectacular place to get lost in.
Stay tuned to Milk for more well earned retrospectives.