Oscar de la Renta Retrospective

Oscar de la Renta Retrospective

 

As promised, a review of the Oscar Retrospective.

Visited the de Young Museum in San Francisco last week to take in the Oscar de la Renta Retrospective.  Mr. de la Renta (1932-2014) was an internationally known fashion designer from Dominican Republic who rose to prominence in the sixties as one of the couturiers who dressed Jacqueline Kennedy.

de Young Museum

Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta

Oscar and me

Have visited a slew of museum fashion shows in the last few years and their popularity is not abating.  A recent WSJ article touts current shows from Paris to LA.  Am getting a bit jaded with the typical museum displays of low lighting series of ball gowns.  How many of us live that kind of life?  May have envied that kind of seemingly glamorous life at one point, but am quite satisfied with my lifestyle where I can put on one ensemble in the AM and take the same one off in the PM.

Was hoping to discover some design inspiration and, perhaps, a sewing technique.  Alas, it was not to be so/sew.

Will be attending the Manus X Machina exhibit at the Met with higher expectations as it is described as presenting hand and machine sewing.  Andrew Bolton, the show curator, describes the exhibit as showing the interrelationship of hand and machine to accomplish RTW as well as Haute Couture.  And, Mr Bolton’s exhibit…”arrange them in a show that families from Duluth fly in to see and that jaded experts find entirely fresh.”  Keeping my fingers crossed.

But, on to Oscar.

Daywear

Keep in mind, this is Haute Couture, not RTW.

Celebrity

Oscar Retrospective

Sarah Jessica Parker L
Taylor Swift R

Oscar Retrospective

Laura Bush  Worn at Polish State Dinner, 2002     Overheard: “She’s much smaller than I thought!”

 

 

Doppleganger

While setting up this shot, was startled to see ‘Oscar’ in attendance.

Doppleganger

‘Oscar’ views the exhibit.
See man in mirror

‘Oscar’ Sightings

 

Iconic Oscar

Oscar Retrospective

Caftans–How else to use magnificent prints

Oscar Retrospective

Deliberate mismatched center seam????
Or, part of fabric design?????

 

Oscar Retrospective

Blue Toile Worn by Kristen Dunst for Vogue spread

Oscar Restrospective

3-dimensional appliqued flowers

Oscar Retrospective

Sable-Trimmed Paisley Brocade Wrap

Oscar Retrospective

Russia Influence

Oscar Retrospective

Spanish Influence

Oscar Retrospective

Satin Evening Coat
Shaped Hem–maybe soft batting?

Oscar Restrospective

Shaped-Hems Ballgown

 

Full Wall video of Oscar's Connecticut estate

Full Wall video of Oscar’s Connecticut Estate; incredibly Green

 

Until next time…

 

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2 Responses to Oscar de la Renta Retrospective

  1. Amy says:

    This is so fabulous! I love Oscar, and if I don’t make it to the exhibit I can enjoy your blog post again and again-thank you!

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