On my recent-ish trip up to San Francisco, I was sitting in a coffee shop in the Financial District enjoying a cappuccino when I looked out the window and saw a sign advertising “Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective” at the de Young museum. As Oscar de la Renta is one of my favorite designers and I had plenty of time before my flight left, I decided to go check it out. If you happen to be in the San Francisco area from now until the end of May, this exhibit is a must see! Not only do you get to see more than 130 of Oscar’s gorgeous pieces, but you can take an audio tour narrated by Andre Leon Talley, who was one of Oscar de la Renta’s close friends.
In case you aren’t familiar with Oscar de la Renta, he was a world-renowned designer who was originally from the Dominican Republic. At age 18, he moved to Spain to study art. While in school, he made a living by drawing clothing for different newspapers and fashion houses. Soon after this, he became very interested in the world of fashion and started working at Balenciaga. A couple of years later, he left Spain and went to Paris to work at Lanvin. Ultimately, de la Renta was interested in designing ready-to-wear, because he believed “that’s where the money was.” He moved to New York in the early 60’s to pursue this goal and soon became one of most sought-after designers. He is well-known for designing clothes for several first ladies including Jackie Kennedy, Nancy Regan, Hillary Clinton, and Laura Bush, as well as celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Taylor Swift, Jessica Chastain, Nikki Minaj, and Rihanna, among so many others. Check out his gorgeous work below, and if you have the opportunity to see this exhibit, do not miss it!
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