Hail to Oscar! Five Decades of Oscar de la Renta

Whether you live or breathe fashion – or don’t understand the difference between a corset and crinoline – I implore you to check out the long-awaited Oscar de la Renta exhibit at the De Young Museum in San Francisco.

Spain and the Flamenco Dancer Period

Curated by the all “too divine” former Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Tally, a life long friend of Oscar, the retrospective is everything that the fashion-obsessed would salivate over and the laymen would love. Glamorous dresses and coats from the 1960s and beyond, decadent fabrics and trim so irresistible that it’s tempting not to throw the museum guards in a tizzy and touch.

The Beginning – 1960’s and 1970’s

The Russian Period




The show is a delightful tribute to the Dominican-born designer’s life and work, and includes a custom taffeta dress made for Marie Antoinette-era Kirsten Dunst for the September 2006 issue of Vogue. Other drool worthy pieces that come from other celebrities’ closets are Rhianna’s faille gown with red rose appliques and the black and white  ball dress rocked  by Sara Jessica Parker at the Met Ball.

Oscar’s Connecticut Garden

Celebrity Ballgowns



My particular favorites are a silver lame gown worn by Jessica Chastain and an elegant pink number with a sweeping train that showed Taylor Swift’s fans her more sophisticated side.


The Oscar de la Renta retrospective, which is organized by the many things that influenced the designer, such as flamenco dancing, Russian history and even his Connecticut garden, runs through May 30th at the de Young.



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  • martha
    April 13, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    jennifer — LOVE the exhibition! the one painting you photographed, I also photographed
    when I was @ the de young — what a co-incidence!


  • Debbie
    April 13, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    Your photographs are gorgeous . What a great way to spend the morning !

  • Jennifer
    April 13, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    I had so much fun spending the morning with you and seeing all the clothes!

  • Jennifer
    April 13, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    I had never seen the painting close up and just loved all the details. Glad you had the chance to see it.

  • Mary Toboni
    April 14, 2016 at 1:34 am

    Loved it! Could have stayed all day long! Thank you for the beautiful pics. A good reminder.

  • Sheila
    April 14, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Wonderful exhibit, Jennifer, thank you for sharing your beautiful photographs! Wondering if there were any gowns from the First Ladies he dressed?

  • Cath
    April 15, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Thank you, Jennifer! I liked the Spanish influence with Goya’s ‘Jaleo’ (mischief) painting of flamenco cave dancers. Oscar was a genius at shaping flat fabric into 3-D to fatter the feminine form.

    Brava to you, Jennifer, for bringing his talent to life again in your fascinating blog.

  • Jennifer
    April 19, 2016 at 12:46 am

    Thanks Mary! So glad you’re following along!

  • Jennifer
    April 19, 2016 at 12:47 am

    You’re the best! My favorite reader! Oh no, I like them all!

  • Jennifer
    April 19, 2016 at 12:48 am

    Cath: You always have the perfect descriptions! Thanks for following along!