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Inspiring us right now: Antonio Lopez’s illustrated portrait of designer Norma Kamali that appeared in American Vogue in 1984. It’s but one of many jaunty watercolors in the exhibition “Antonio Lopez and the World of Fashion Art,” opening July 4 at the French campus of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Lacoste.

Curated by André Leon Talley — SCAD trustee, Numéro Russia editor-at-large, Vogue contributing editor — the exhibition surveys three decades of output from the the Puerto Rican party boy, who was on the verge of a major fine-art career before he was struck down by AIDS in 1987. Lopez has had a prolonged posthumous moment since last year, when he was the subject of a solo retrospective at the Suzanne Weiss Company and a lush monograph from Rizzoli.

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