Seduced by a band of three harmonizing their stringed instruments and being surrounded by the most impeccable designs result in the perfect opening of the “Oscar de la Renta: His Legendary World of Style” exhibition, curated by André Leon Talley (ALT). Exquisite would be an understatement to describe the benefit. A collection of 55 intimate, intricate creations were presented to the press, public, and SCAD students on February 4th, 2015, and conversation erupted over the detailing of each garment made by the connoisseur of sophistication.
In the ALT Gallery an orderly process needs to be followed to fully grasp the beauty and detail of evening gowns and legendary dresses, such as Beyoncé’s red organza and taffeta dress worn on Vogue’s March 2013 issue. Listed as number twelve, Sarah Jessica Parker’s iconic MET Gala gown made its appearance seated elegantly to display Oscar’s signature embroidered on its voluminous train. In the center of the exhibition, eight of the master designers art is displayed, which include the 20th century “Kilim Rug” loaned from André Leon Talley himself. Anna Wintour’s Oscar de la Renta for Balmain coat elegantly stood on the corner of the rug and viewed as attendants were in awe of its design.
In addition to the exclusive garments were the exclusive individuals who attended the benefit. During the reception, Annette de la Renta and André Leon Talley were spotted hugging before Mrs. de la Renta had to depart with Editor-in-Chief of Vogue, Anna Wintour. Paula Wallace, SCAD’s President and CEO, looked beautiful in a simple and sleek black dress, while enthusiastically socializing with observers of Oscar’s work.
Meticulous detail was evident throughout André Leon Talley’s exhibition and the execution was remarkable. The intimate nature of the event allowed for Oscar’s spirit to exude throughout the room as his favorite garments were displayed in the SCAD Museum of Art. And to top it off in relation to detail, the archway of the museum resembled the set of Oscar de la Renta’s final fashion show, Spring 2015. Oscar’s spirit was in the SCAD Museum and the successful event embodied the master artist’s aesthetic: feminine, graceful, and alluring.
Written by Anthony O’Baner
Image courtesy of SCAD