Paula Wallace accepts honor at FGI's Night of Stars Gala

Savannah College of Art and Design President Paula Wallace was presented with the Fashion Group International 2009 Sustainability Award on behalf of the university at FGI's star-studded 26th Annual Night of Stars Gala Thursday, Oct. 22, in New York City.

The Sustainability Award is in recognition of SCAD's position as a leader in sustainable practices, urban renewal and the adaptive reuse of historic properties. Vogue Editor-at-Large Andre Leon Talley, recipient of and namesake to SCAD's annual Andre Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award, presented the Sustainability Award to Wallace.

In his introduction, Talley praised Wallace for leading the conservancy of more than 100 historic buildings around the world, turning "this incredible university called SCAD a wonderland of recycled buildings."

In accepting the award for the university, Wallace thanked FGI for recognizing SCAD's commitment to sustainability. "We at SCAD believe there's really no difference between sustainable design and good design. It's the same thing. It's smart. It's compassionate. It's relevant. It's exalting. And it starts with young artists and designers like those at SCAD who are learning that responsible design isn't only about renewable materials. It's about renewing ourselves."

Wallace was escorted down the red carpet by Golden Globe nominee Emmy Rossum ("The Phantom of the Opera"). Rossum will be honored at the Savannah Film Festival, which is sponsored by SCAD, Nov. 2 with the Young Hollywood Award prior to the screening of her film, "Dare." Joining Wallace and Rossum at the FGI table were Talley, fashion designer Angel Sanchez and interior designer Miles Redd, among others.

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