NEW YORK — Savannah College of Art & Design is counting on some big-name talent for the inaugural SCAD Style Week this month.

During the festivities, May 20-27, there will be social events, lectures by special guest artists, trunk shows and special film screenings in and around the campuses in Savannah and Atlanta. Designer Karim Rashid, stylist Patrick Cooper, authors Mary Gehlhar and Virginia Postrel, interior designer Amy Lau and accessories designer Mark Edge will lead workshops and lectures that will be free and open to the public.

To get the week rolling, the first SCAD Style Etoile Gala is set for May 20 at the school’s Atlanta campus. Furniture designer Dakota Jackson, retailer Jeffrey Kalinsky, urban music producers Judy and Michael Mauldin, Veranda founding editor Lisa Newsom and accessories designer Santiago Barberi Gonzalez will be celebrated for their accomplishments.

The event will benefit the SCAD-Lacoste fund to support scholarships and historic preservation at the school’s study abroad campus in Lacoste, France. There, students live in a village of 300 people where SCAD occupies buildings dating to the 12th century.

Recently named “Hottest for Studying Art” in Kaplan/Newsweek’s “America’s 25 Hottest Colleges,” SCAD is eager to bolster its image. Last year it acquired the Atlanta College of Art and this summer SCAD-Atlanta will bolster its roster of lectures, performances, exhibitions and conferences for students and residents of the Atlanta community.

The week will be capped off in Savannah with the annual fashion show on May 27 at the Trustees Theater. Vera Wang will receive the André Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement award.

This story first appeared in the May 2, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.