Friday, April 1, 2016

"Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective" at the de Young - Part 1

Gentle Friends, I've been working on this post for a couple of days and find that I have to break it up into two Posts, it just got far to big and too many snaps..... so here's Part 1..... a little background.... one of the fun things about living here in SF is that we have super really top notch museums that get some great shows!!  One of the shows I have been looking forward to since I first read about it last year is this show about Oscar de la Renta, and it certainly did not disappoint, in fact it far surpassed what I was expecting!!  When we took off for the long Easter weekend I knew it would be a perfect time to make the visit......

... the front of the de Young in Golden Gate Park, not the most attractive building, but that's what we came to see... we came for....

The show was in four main sections and I'll cover the first two today... along with the snaps,
 I took some sketchy notes on some of the pieces........

Evening Ensemble - Spring/Summer 1999 pink linen and pink silk with floral embroidery 
(Reproduction top)..

a great silk/ wool suit with jewel decoration and silk embroidery...

Coat - Resort 1966  Rhinestone-studded Comark Vinyl

This area was all about the influence of the Far East and Russia.....

Evening Ensemble - Fall 1968 - Jade Green Wool, Silk, Lurex, Galloon Banding
Caftan - Summer 1982 - Hand-painted silk crepe de chine

Evening Coat - Fall 1966 Silk, Fur

Evening Ensemble: Tunic and Pants - Autumn/Winter 1999/2000 Black silk velvet, gold silk applique
Shawl - Autumn / Winter 1998/1999 Wool paisley, sable

Evening Coat - Autumn/ Winter 1997/1998 - Olive Green Silk Velvet, metallic gold embroidery, sable

Coat - Autumn/Winter 2002/2003 Printed Burgundy Wool, embroidery, silk braid, fur

Evening Dress - Autumn/Winter 1998/1999 Green silk taffeta, bead, sequin and metallic thread embroidery, chenille yarn

This area had pieces inspired by Spain with a huge backdrop reproduction of a Sargent painting called "El Jaleo"

... a pouffe pale green silk organza/tulle evening dress...

Custom Evening Ensemble; blouse and skirt - 2001 navy silk taffeta, ruby-red silk taffeta, black satin

That wraps up the fist part of the exhibition, I hope you enjoyed it and the snaps.... I'll work on the second part and try and have it up in a couple of days.  Have a super weekend and thanks for stopping by!!

Take care,


  1. All I can say is....WOW!! He was an amazing designer. Thanks for sharing. I would have loved to see this in person but I'm glad that you took so many pics :)

  2. There are some amazing pieces of clothing. It must have been fun to see in person.

  3. I love fashion shows! Even on dummies. Will this show travel?

  4. These are great pictures of some absolutely beautiful designs. I especially like the last own. Thanks so much for the picture tour. I look forward to part 2.

  5. Gorgeous, fun and retro. I could get an idea for my Mother of the Groom dress by looking at these photos!

  6. Wow, that looks like so much fun! I'll surely make my way over there. Thanks for sharing your pics!

  7. The height of taste, elegance and extravagant detail on
    simple profiles.... created by a touch of genius....
    Many thanks for sharing.

  8. Wow, so many amazing outfits by such a creative designer. Thanks for the picture show!

  9. WOW! Beautiful designs and needlework. Thanks a lot for the pictures

  10. Ooo, I love going to fashion exhibitions!! Thank you do much for sharing these. I would totally rock that red ruffly skirt ensemble! FLAMENCO!!!