ATLANTA (May 12) — The fashion elite will gather in Savannah Friday, May 20, as the Savannah College of Art and Design presents SCAD Fashion Show 2005 featuring legendary fashion designer Tom Ford. While tickets for the annual event are sold out, a live simulcast of the 8 p.m. event will be offered at the college’s new SCAD-Atlanta location, 1600 Peachtree St. The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided. Registration is not required, and parking is available in the deck behind the facility.

SCAD Fashion Show 2005 will feature the designs of more than 50 undergraduate and graduate students. Vogue editor-at-large and SCAD board of trustees member André Leon Talley and SCAD President Paula S. Wallace will honor Tom Ford with the André Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Tom Ford is a fashion superstar. He is already a legend and has a great future ahead of him,” said Wallace. “We are delighted that he is taking an interest in the next generation of designers at the Savannah College of Art and Design, and we are so thrilled to present him with the much-deserved André Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Ford joined Gucci in 1990 as the company’s women’s wear designer. In 1992, he became design director and in 1994 he was appointed creative director of Gucci. He was responsible for the design of all product lines from clothing to perfumes, and for the group’s corporate image, advertising campaigns and store design.

In January 2000, following the acquisition of Yves Saint Laurent and YSL Beauté by the Gucci Group, Ford assumed the position of creative director of Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche and YSL Beauté. In addition to his existing duties at Gucci, Ford worked with all creative teams at YSL to define the overall image and positioning of the YSL brand, including all product categories and communication activities.

Ford also served as creative director of Gucci Group. In July 2002 he was named vice chairman of the management board of Gucci Group. In April 2004, Ford resigned from his post at Gucci Group following a buyout by Pinault Printemps Redoute.

Those unable to attend the SCAD-Atlanta simulcast can watch a free, live Webcast of SCAD Fashion Show 2005 at

SCAD Fashion Show 2005 is sponsored by Coca-Cola Co., Carter-Barnes Hair Artisans, Jeffrey Atlanta, Swarovski, Vaden Imports, Wachovia, Deep Magazine, Mansion on Forsyth Park and Saks Fifth Avenue.