Dirk Standen has been named dean of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCD) School of Fashion.
He oversees SCAD’s undergraduate and graduate programs in fashion design, fashion marketing and management, fiber, accessory design and jewelry design at the university’s Atlanta and Savannah, Ga., locations. He will be based at the Savannah campus, and the appointment is effective immediately.
Standing He succeeds Michael Fink, who served in that role for 12 years and retired at the end of the school year.
Standen joined SCAD in 2021 as a professor of fashion marketing and management.
“From my first day as a professor at SCAD, I have been impressed with the quality of our students’ work and the quality of our programs,” Standen said. “I am delighted to be playing a major role in growing the School of Fashion and shining a light on the achievements of its students and faculty. SCAD offers a unique combination of technological and artistic innovation, global reach, and deep connections to two of America’s most dynamic and fastest-growing cities, and I’m excited to be a part of that direction.
Standen was previously the editor-in-chief of the website Style.com, and when that closed he became the founding editor of 23 Stories, the Condé Nast creative agency. His writing has been published in Vanity Fair, Vogue, Tatler and GQ.
“Dean Standen is a forward-thinker with a deep understanding of style and luxury, as well as a clear vision for the future of high fashion and the potential of the circular economy and virtual commerce,” said Jesus Rojas, Escad’s Vice President of Academic Services. “SCAD is one of the leading fashion schools in the world and with the addition of our new dean, Dirk Standen, we are taking fashion to the next level.”