The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta celebrates the illustrious life and six-decade career of the influential fashion designer. Offering a historic overview of Oscar de la Renta’s design work, the exhibition showcases ensembles drawn from the late couturier’s corporate and personal archives; the archives of the French label Pierre Balmain; private lenders; and the costume collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Selections of day wear and evening wear highlight recurring themes in de la Renta’s work, such as the influences of Spain, Russia, China, and the garden. Considered one of the world’s greatest fashion designers, de la Renta (1932–2014) began his career in the early 1950s as an apprentice to renowned Spanish couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga. At the behest of Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, de la Renta relocated to New York in the 1960s and established his own, eponymous label. He became the designer for Balmain in 1992.
An illustrated catalogue is available through the MFA Shop (713.639.7360) and the Museum’s Hirsch Library (713.639.7325).