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'Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective' in San Francisco

14 March 2016
Start: 12 Mar 2016
End: 30 May 2016

Location: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Address: 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco, USA

By Natalie White

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco is hosting the first ever retrospective of the famous American fashion designer's work.

Born in 1932, Oscar de la Renta left his native Dominican Republic to study painting in Madrid, where he soon landed an apprenticeship with the famous Spanish fashion designer, Cristóbal Balenciaga. He then left Spain to work alongside Antonio Castillo at Lanvin. In 1963, he moved to New York to design a couture collection for Elizabeth Arden.
Then, in 1965, he launched his own ready-to-wear label, which has grown to become one of the most prestigious in the fashion world.

The exhibition, organized by André Leon Talley runs from 12 March to 30 May.

The retrospective features over 130 pieces designed by de la Renta over the last five decades. These are organized into several sections, covering the designer’s early work; Spanish, Eastern, Russian and garden influences; daywear and eveningwear; and ball gowns and red carpet ensembles.

Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective follows the making of the designer's successful career, starting out in Spain, before heading to some of the world’s most famous fashion houses, such as Cristóbal Balenciaga, Lanvin and Elizabeth Arden.

The showcase also examines his influence on fashion in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Exhibits include pieces worn by famous figures like the former American First Lady, Laura Bush, the former US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and actresses and musicians such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Taylor Swift, Karlie Kloss, Nicki Minaj, Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz, Rihanna and Amy Adams.

For more information, go to http://deyoung.famsf.org

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