Oscar de la Renta


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Oscar de la Renta

This world premiere retrospective of Oscar de la Renta’s work celebrates the life and career of one of fashion’s most influential designers. The exhibition will include more than 100 ensembles produced over five decades, and is presented in collaboration with the house of de la Renta and the designer’s family.

Thematic sections will trace de la Renta’s upbringing in the Dominican Republic; the rise of his career in Spain, where he gained his first commissions; his formative years spent in the world’s most iconic fashion houses; and his eventual role as a designer for many of the most influential and celebrated personalities of the 20th century.

André Leon Talley, former American editor-at-large for Vogue magazine, will curate the exhibition. His depth of knowledge and lifelong friendship with de la Renta will provide an unmatched perspective on the designer’s career.

For this presentation, de la Renta’s company will open its archives to illuminate both the breadth and depth of the designer’s work. Additional pieces will be drawn from the designer’s personal collection, private lenders from around the world, and the Fine Arts Museums’ costume collection.

This exhibition deepens the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s commitment to fashion as art. Previous costume exhibitions include The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk (2012), Balenciaga and Spain (2011), Yves Saint Laurent (2008–2009), and Vivienne Westwood: 36 Years in Fashion (2007).


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