Since 1981, Carolina Herrera has dressed a whole lot of celebrities. From Renee Zellweger to Lupita Nyong’o, she’s become a red carpet staple, not to mention a mainstay at charity balls as well as for the upper crust of New York society. So it’s no surprise that her first-ever retrospective at both Atlanta’s SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film and the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah features many dresses with a backstory. There’s Bella Swan’s bridal gown from the movie Twilight: Breaking Dawn, a blush-pink mermaid gown that Lady Gaga wore to the Producers Guild of America Awards this year, and the strapless number Taylor Swift wore to the 2014 Golden Globes. Still, building a veritable fashion empire is not all award shows and society swans. “There is always a challenge in fashion – it is hard work. It is determination. It’s perseverance,” said Herrera. “I think you have to be very strong in the fashion industry. You have to have your eyes open and you have to believe in your style.” By now, many of her contemporaries have stepped down, handing off the reigns to successors – Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, and most recently Diane Von Furstenberg. Herrera herself just announced the appointment of Monse designers Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia to her team, perhaps a sign of her own forthcoming retirement. But she’s not talking about that just yet, instead offering up this: “Fashion has changed and it changes all the time. Fashion is magical. Fashion is a dream.” Here, Herrera herself offers a guided preview of “Refined Irreverence,” open now through September 25th.