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Oscar de la Renta Does Dallas

couture-finalHeads up, design buffs: Oscar de la Renta, iconic fashion designer to women of means, is the subject of a thorough exhibition spanning fifty-plus years of his work at The George W. Bush Presidential Center at SMU in Dallas. The show is staged along the lines of similar recent exhibitions of major designers’ careers (like McQueen and Gaultier), with mannequins posed in choice couture pieces as well as educational odds and ends that contextualize the designer’s time and place in the history of fashion design.

The pics available for this show are spectacular; there is no doubt de la Renta (who is now 82) has created some masterpieces along the way. Born in the Dominican Republic and originally trained by Cristóbal Balenciaga in Spain, de la Renta became a favorite couturier to Jackie Kennedy in the 1960s and has been designing some of the most coveted red-carpet gowns for stars and first ladies ever since.

“Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style” runs through October 5. Info and tickets here.


(image: George W. Bush Presidential Center)

also by Christina Rees
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4 Responses

  1. carol jackson

    I have always ed mired oscar De la rent a designs and always
    dream of wearing, at the oscar. Will always remember the beauty he has given the world.

  2. Liliana Bloch

    I hope he won’t fly anywhere. He showed compassion and empathy for humans in need yet used fur in his creations being part of the fashion world that produces wondrous garments at the expense of unimaginable animal cruelty.

    Perfect fit for Bush library.

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