Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective
Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco
An exhibition of over 130 gowns and ensembles dazzled crowds at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Fine Art Museum Board President Dede Wilsey, a long-term client, enthusiast and friend of the designer, initiated this premier retrospective exhibition of 50 years in the illustrious career of Oscar de la Renta. The guest curator was none other than the famous Vogue editor-at-large and personal friend of Oscar de la Renta, Andre Leon Talley.
The extravagant royal courts of 18th century Europe inspired the designer. He also looked to diverse cultures to augment his designs. The gowns in this exhibition are organized thematically representing the designer’s influences – Garden, Russian, Eastern, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, and Spanish. The elegance of the fabric, whether it is brocade, wool, damask, or silk, often embellished with beading, embroidery and ornamentation, adds to the beauty of the design. Andre Leon Tally: “Oscar was the consummate gentleman who loved women. He loved making women feel beautiful but he also wanted them to be comfortable.” Oscar adored his clients and lived their luxurious lifestyle, with parties in far-off exotic places, dinners at the finest restaurants, and events in the most beautiful gardens.
First ladies, socialites, business executives, Hollywood stars and fashionistas make up the Oscar de la Renta fan club. It is hard to imagine any woman in an Oscar not feeling beautiful.