Ralph Rucci Honored With SCAD Lifetime Achievement Award

Ralph Rucci
Photo: Patrick McMullan
Ralph Rucci.

After a rocky few months that have been plagued with a canceled fashion show and reports of financial woes, things are finally looking up for Ralph Rucci.

The Chado Ralph Rucci designer has been named the latest recipient of the Savannah College of Art and Design's Andre Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award, joining an elite list of honorees including Marc Jacobs, John Galliano, Manolo Blahnik, Isabel and Ruben Toledo, Miuccia Prada, Tom Ford, Karl Lagerfeld, Vera Wang, and Diane von Furstenberg.

Talley himself will be on hand to present the award to Rucci at the university's annual fashion show on May 19, which also marks the launch of an exhibit celebrating the couturier's work.

“I am very honored to have been chosen to receive the ALT Lifetime Achievement Award from SCAD this year and am distinctly proud of my association with this wonderful school,” Rucci, who recently revealed to FashionEtc that he's launching a diffusion line and fragrance, says in a press statement.

“It is surely one of the most important and respected institutions of higher creative learning in America and I am grateful for this great compliment to my work and to the incomparable work of the Chado staff.”

"We are delighted to honor Ralph Rucci’s work and to celebrate his career as a singular figure in American couture,” adds SCAD President Paula Wallace. “His exquisite attention to craft and detail expands our ideas of contemporary fashion. SCAD students across the full range of our more than 40 disciplines will learn from Ralph’s brilliance and ingenuity in design.”

No doubt. In the meantime, Rucci had better get started on making some room in his trophy case.