The dramatic, exuberant, luxurious talent of the late, great designer Oscar de la Renta comes to life this October at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Opening October 8 and continuing through January 8, 2018, The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta celebrates the illustrious life and career of the American fashion icon.
Presented in collaboration with Oscar de la Renta, LLC, the exhibition features nearly 70 ensembles sourced from the designer’s corporate and personal archives, the archives of French label Pierre Balmain, private lenders and the collection of the MFAH.
The over-the-top exhibition is curated by the larger-than-life André Leon Talley, former American editor-at-large for Vogue and lifelong friend of the designer, in collaboration with Cindi Strauss, Sara and Bill Morgan Curator of Decorative Arts, Craft and Design at the MFAH, with assistance from fashion historians Molly Sorkin and Jennifer Park.
In a career that spanned five decades and two continents, Oscar de la Renta set out to design beautiful clothes for every occasion in a woman’s life. The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta highlights recurring themes throughout his career, including the significant impact of Spain, Russia, China, Japan and the garden on his designs. Displayed along with paintings and decorative arts from the collection of the MFAH, the creations on view offer a window into de la Renta’s world through a range of looks, from elegant daywear to resplendent evening gowns.
“The exquisite designs on view demonstrate Oscar de la Renta’s innate talent, and the ability of his creative vision, drawn from rich and complex cultures around the world, to transcend well beyond the world of fashion,” commented Gary Tinterow, director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. “We’re proud to partner with Oscar de la Renta, LLC, to present these extraordinary creations this fall.”