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Former Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley is bringing his Oscar de la Renta exhibit to San Francisco. Talley —who curated a smaller collection of de la Renta's works for a current exhibit at the Savannah College of Art and Design— will oversee a selection of more than 100 ensembles that the legendary designer created over the span of five decades. The collection will be displayed at the De Young Museum from February 27th–May 30th, 2016. It will be the first major retrospective of the late designer's work.
Past fashion exhibits at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco have drawn huge crowds. (Remember Balenciaga and Spain, Cartier and America, and The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier?) Visitors flock to museums to see beautiful things, and fashion is democratized beauty, so there's a built-in formula for success. That said, we expect the de la Renta exhibit to produce record-setting numbers.
In case you haven't noticed, San Francisco loves Oscar. The city's well-heeled ladies favor the label for fancy events, and flock to Lake Tahoe to see his designs year after year at the Keep Tahoe Blue fundraiser. This exhibit, (and, most likely an accompanying gala), will give the city's ODLR fans a chance to show off their favorite pieces while celebrating the designer's legacy.
"I am honored and excited to be the curator of the definitive Oscar de la Renta retrospective at exhibition at the de Young Museum," Talley says in a press release. "My goal is to highlight the extraordinary depth of Oscar's creative aesthetic from his earliest designs for Jane Derby throughout the five decades of his remarkable career."
Oscar de la Renta CEO Alex Bolen adds, "Both our company and our family are proud that the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are organizing the first full-scale retrospective of Oscar's work."