Savannah College of Art and Design Opens Oscar de la Renta Exhibition

By Cassie Kaye

SCAD pays homage to late designer with new exhibit. Photo: Savannah College of Art and Design.

SCAD pays homage to late designer with new exhibit. Photo: Savannah College of Art and Design.

SCAD trustee and Oscar de la Renta's close friend André Leon Talley has curated a collection of some of the late designer's greatest works to be shown at the SCAD Museum of Art. Oscar de la Renta: His Legendary World of Style, Talley's fifth exhibition at the SCAD MOA and the first posthumous de la Renta exhibit, will showcase more than 70 full ensembles worn by some of the designer's most famous and affluent clients.

Over the years, de la Renta formed not only a deep bond with Talley, but with SCAD and its students as well. The original recipient of the André Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011, the fashion icon often donated fabric from his collections for students in the fashion program to use in their own work, and many SCAD students have interned with his brand.

"Oscar took a personal interest in our students," says SCAD President Paula Wallace. "They have learned from him, and SCAD is humbled to commemorate his love for our students with this resplendent exhibit."

Notable pieces in the exhibition include:
-Taylor Swift's pink satin gown for the 2014 Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala
-The 1998 custom wedding dress and veil de la Renta designed for step-daughter Eliza Bolen
-The silk chiffon jacket and skirt worn by former first lady Laura Bush at the 2002 Poland State Dinner at the White House
-Sarah Jessica Parker's duchesse satin cocktail dress worn for the 2005 Lovely perfume campaign

-Dresses worn by Beyoncé, Kristen Dunst and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for Vogue
-Multiple pieces from the personal closets of the designer's best clients, including Anna Wintour

Talley, high-profile fashion blogger Bryanboy and Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue and artistic director of Condé Nast, all close friends of de la Renta, were at this morning's opening of the exhibition in Savannah, which will be shown Feb. 4 - May 5 and is included with a purchase of museum admission. 

Oscar de la Renta: His Legendary World of Style
Feb. 4 - May 5
SCAD Museum of Art
601 Turner Blvd., Savannah, Ga.
 

Images courtesy of Savannah College of Art and Design