5.08.2016

See The EXQUISITE Exhibit by Oscar de la Renta


Even though he was born in the Dominican Republic, Oscar de la Renta (1932 -2014) considered himself an American Designer...as his business and success came to life in the United States.
 On Friday, my friend JoAnn and I went to The Oscar de la Renta Retrospective Exhibit here in San Francisco.   

 We rented head sets with a narration by Oscar's life long friend and former editor-at-large for Vogue, André Leon Talley.  
 How fun to be up close to so much beautiful detail!
   In the film after the exhibit, Oscar said that it gave him joy to make women feel beautiful.  Which is refreshing when some fashions today seem to do the opposite.

These styles feel timeless.

  André Leon Talley says Oscar was The Master at Bows (and ruffles).
 








 There were dresses worn by celebrities on the red carpet...just a few here...more in the show.
Worn by Jessica Chastain
and Sarah Jessica Parker
and Taylor Swift.

This ensemble was one of the most casual yet lovely...
We strolled back through the exhibit backwards (no one seemed to mind) and enjoyed it all over again.  Fun way to spend a morning!  

If you can't go, or even if you can, you can buy this book with all the clothing displayed in it.  I might buy a "gently used" one on Amazon.
JoAnn and I also want this book by André Leon Talley.
Thanks for visiting.

23 comments:

  1. This looks like a fabulous way to spend the day! My favorite is the last one, the blue and white skirt and the white blouse!

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  2. What beautiful clothes. I love exhibitions like this.

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    1. The fabrics and embroidery were amazing, Josephine.

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  3. Just as beautiful as I imagined Mary Ann! Thank you.

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  4. Just beautiful, and, as you say, timeless. Wish I could go see this!

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  5. Oh Mary Ann, exquisite indeed! Thank you so much for sharing your trip to see this amazing exhibit of Oscar's gorgeous creations. I've been to similar exhibits before and know that a photograph doesn't come close to capturing the true beauty of seeing them in person. I sure would love to see it, but if I can't get to SF at least I saw some of it through your camera lens! Happy Mothers Day! ����

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    1. I wanted to touch the clothing so badly, Gail...but didn't want to get tossed out. It's all within reach.

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  6. I have been wanting to go to this exhibit but I'm afraid it's going to close before I can make my way to SF. Thanks for sharing it with us!

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    1. It's here through May 30, Angelina. I hope my daughter can come up and we can go together.

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  7. Thank you so much for sharing this. He was an exquisite designer and I love them all.-Betty from Ontario Canada

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    1. I can't pick a favorite either, Betty.

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  8. True works of art from a master of design! Sounds like a wonderful day!

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  9. What a fun exhibit to attend with your friend. So many beauties! I love the plum gown with the hot pink lining....the way the fabrics drape.....he truly was an artist.

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  10. every dress is stunning and beyond gorgeous!

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  11. I would've loved to see this in person, but thank you for this beautiful glimpse of his collection. I have a lot of fashion books already, and I have to add this one to mine for sure!

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  12. Ah, true couture and yet every piece has such ease as well as elegance. Thanks so much for the tour.

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  13. My wedding dress was an Oscar de la Renta that I bought at Neiman Marcus many years ago. It is as pretty today as it was then. Soft, floaty and beautifully made.

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  14. It was an amazing exhibit and so happy that I timed my trip to SF as it had opened. The headphone narration was work it, wasn't it!? It was wonderfully curated with the assistance of André Leon Tally (be sure to check out my post also). The outfits and gowns were even more impressive in person...true works of art.

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  15. Fabulous photos MA. What a jewel.

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  16. I would have loved this! Don't you find the story behind each creation as interesting as the dresses, themselves? I remember Bob Mackie being interviewed about the costumes he created for Cher. Fascinating. Oh how you make me miss the Bay Area.

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