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March 18th, 2016 by Samantha Weaver Oscar de la Renta the Retrospective

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the opening of the de Young Museum’s newest exhibit: Oscar de la Renta The Retrospective. Narrated and curated by Andre Leon Talley the retrospective includes more than 130 ensembles produced over 5 decades by the legendary fashion designer.

The exhibit begins with Oscar’s first commissions, onto his years designing for some of the world’s most iconic fashion houses, and ends with his signature opulent red carpet gowns.

Oscar’s earliest works, as a fashion apprentice for Cristóbal Balenciaga in Madrid, so beautifully capture his love for the movement, color, and playfulness of Spanish flamenco.

My favorite capsule of the exhibit was in what Andre called “The Garden Room.” Showcased among photos of Oscar’s own gardens were pieces he designed for the Vogue editorial featuring Kristen Dunst as Marie Antoinette.

Oscar was known as the master of tulle, ruffles and pleating as seen in these next two looks.

Up next were the dresses used for the Asia Major editorial by Grace Coddington in Vogue.

And of course there’s Oscar’s innumerable red carpet looks. The attention to detail, fabric choices, and appliques are out of this world.

The Oscar de la Renta exhibit runs March 12th-May 30th at the de Young Museum in San Francisco.


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