Thursday, May 26, 2016

Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective

It is the last few days of the Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective exhibition at the de Young museum in San Francisco so I was lucky to be able to go see it today with Lynne. Originally from the Dominican Republic, de la Renta came to New York City in the 1960s where he began designing for Elizabeth Arden before starting his own label a few years later.

The exhibition features more than 130 ensembles from de la Renta's career, although it mainly seemed to focus on the 2000s. He is best known for his amazing ball gowns which were worn not only by First Ladies but also Hollywood celebrities during awards season. Each room of the exhibition is based around a different theme, and as is the case with most fashion exhibitions, it is a great opportunity to see the craftsmanship of his designs up close.

There is a video room where you can see two short films about de la Renta, which give you insight into his personality and the things he was passionate about. The exhibition closes on 30 May so if you are in the City be sure to get down there this weekend to check it out.

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