In order to celebrate the passing of one of the most iconic designers, Oscar de la Renta, former American Vogue editor André Leon Talley decided that the best way to do so was to curate an exhibition at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. Opening on Wednesday night the “Oscar de la Renta: His Legendary World of Style” showcases fifty memorable designs by the late designer.
The designs included red carpet dresses worn by stars such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Oprah Winfrey and Taylor Swift; wedding gowns worn by Miranda Brooks, HumaAbedin, Eliza Reed Bolen (Oscar de la Renta’s step daughter) and Elizabeth Cordry Shaffer (Anna Wintour’s daughter in law)as well as those that were used in magazine photo-shoots. Many of the dresses were loaned from the closets of de la Renta’s family, friends and associates such as his wife Anette, Vogue’s Anna Wintour and the former first lady Laura Bush.
The private opening of the exhibit was visited by 350 guests who were lucky enough to be the first ones to attend and see the designs located in three rooms, set up in a series of vignettes. Talley’s vision was to make the exhibit comfortable so that people could converse easily. Seeing how only three months had passed after de la Rent lost his battle to cancer, the whole thing felt more emotional and personal.
And while the exhibit on Wednesday was private, there was another one scheduled the day after for the students with the number of guests reaching to 1,000.“This was a very special moment for Savannah to have the opening of the first Oscar de la Renta show,” stated SCAD’s executive director of exhibition Laurie Ann Farrell.
“Oscar de la Renta: His Legendary World of Style” is the start for André Leon Talley as he’s currently working on a book about his close friend which is set to be published in the fall by Rizzoli. The exhibit which seems to be a hot issue will be on display until May 3rd.