Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective

Curated by none other than former Vogue editor-at-large André Leon Talley, this month marks the opening of the world premiere retrospective of Oscar de la Renta’s work at San Francisco’s De Young Museum. Spanning more than 5 decade of da la Renta’s career as a global fashion powerhouse, the exhibition includes more than 130 ensembles celebrating the life and work of a designer whose work embraced the best in us—beauty, optimism, and confidence.

Spanning from his design start in Spain, where he received his very first commissions between nights spent in Madrid’s literary salons and tapas bars and began work for the house of Lanvin-Castillo, to his move to New York City and shift to ready-to-wear, where he first met Elizabeth Arden and began working with her immediately, the exhibition traces de la Renta’s key influences behind designs that would become instantly iconic.

From early influences to White House and red carpet gowns, Leon Talley curates a story based on the Oscar he knew, which makes this exhibition all the more inspirational.

“Often in Paris, Oscar and I would have long conversations, and his knowledge of literature, art, music, and social history was amazing. He could literally talk about almost anything.”

Leon Talley shares the inspiration and life behind the designs we all know and love, and the result is a must for any fashion fan. Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective
runs through May 30th.

 

All photo credits: http://deyoung.famsf.org

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Sarah Bertness is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer covering the arts, music, fashion and culture. She has a love for all things avant-garde, late night rock and roll, wanderlust, and a good dose of fringe and gold sequins. You can follow her musings on Twitter and Instagram @sarahbertness.