Oscar de la Renta’s Work to be Exhibited at the de Young in 2016

Oscar de la Renta, 1985

In 2016, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco will host the world premiere retrospective of Oscar de la Renta’s work, curated by his friend Andre Leon Talley.

The first published photo of an Oscar de la Renta dress, for Beatrice Lodge, on the cover of Life Magazine, July 9, 1956

“I am honored and excited to be the curator of the definitive Oscar de la Renta retrospective exhibition at the de Young Museum,” says Talley. “This privilege is exceedingly important for me after years of close friendship with Oscar, as well as a strong working relationship during my life at Vogue. 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, with his future wife, Francoise, at Truman Capote’s “Black and White” Ball, 1966.

The exhibition will present more than 100 ensembles produced over five decades.

Thematic sections will trace his upbringing in the Dominican Republic, the rise of his career in Spain, 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.

Oscar de la Renta, 1985

Oscar de la Renta in 1985

“We are so honored to present this exhibition celebrating the life and work of Oscar de la Renta,” says Colin Bailey, director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. “His approach to design, informed by his broad culture and his studies in art history, displays an enduring classicism.”

Marissa Mayer, Oscar de la Renta, Dede Wilsey, 2013

Marissa Mayer, Oscar de la Renta, Dede Wilsey, 2013 (Photo: Drew Altizer)

The exhibit, which will run from February 27th, 2016 to May 30th, 2016, is of special meaning to San Francisco, which has long been an “Oscar city.” One of Oscar’s most devoted admirers is Diane B. Wilsey, president of the Fine Arts Museums. “He was an inspired designer who was a long-time personal friend and was considered by so many to be the consummate gentleman,” she says.