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
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.