The ‘Retrospective’ cult

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 16:  A model walks the runway at the Oscar de la Renta Spring 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at 583 Park Avenue on September 16, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)


The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco will be hosting the first ever retrospective of the famous American fashion designer Oscar de la Renta’s work. The exhibition, organised by André Leon Talley, a former editor-at-large for Vogue and lifelong friend of the designer, runs until May 30.
The Retrospective features over 130 pieces designed by de la Renta over the last five decades. These are organised into several sections, covering the designer’s early work; Spanish, Eastern, Russian and garden influences; daywear and eveningwear; and ball gowns and red carpet ensembles.
“Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective” follows the making of the designer’s successful career, starting out in Spain, before heading to some of the world’s most famous fashion houses, such as Cristóbal Balenciaga, Lanvin and Elizabeth Arden. The exhibition also examines his influence on fashion in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Exhibits include pieces worn by famous figures like the former American First Lady, Laura Bush, the former US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and actresses and musicians such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Taylor Swift, Karlie Kloss, Nicki Minaj, Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz, Rihanna and Amy Adams.
Born in 1932, Oscar de la Renta left his native Dominican Republic to study painting in Madrid, where he soon landed an apprenticeship with the famous Spanish fashion designer, Cristóbal Balenciaga. He then left Spain to work alongside Antonio Castillo at Lanvin. In 1963, he moved to New York to design a couture collection for Elizabeth Arden. Then, in 1965, he launched his own ready-to-wear label, which has grown to become one of the most prestigious in the fashion world.
This isn’t the first time that the San Francisco museum has focused on fashion, having previously hosted “Vivienne Westwood: 36 Years in Fashion” (2007), “Yves Saint Laurent” (2008-2009), “Balenciaga and Spain” (2011), “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk” (2012) and, more recently, “High Style: The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection” (2015).
“Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective” runs till May 30, 2016, at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.


NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05:  Taylor Swift attends the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)

Baroness Aino Bodisco (L), looking on as Beatrice Lodge (C) is being fitted by fashion designer Oscar De La Renta (L fore) in her debutante dress.  (Photo by Nina Leen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

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