During his life and career, Oscar de la Renta designed exquisite gowns that were as magical as they were memorable. He celebrated the female form, and the strength of the women who wore his pieces which included Beyoncé, Karlie Kloss and Amal Clooney among many, many others.
This month, an exhibition dedicated to the designer's expert craftsmanship has opened at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas, curated by André Leon Talley. The exhibition, titled The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta, features a stunning line-up of pieces loaned by his family, friends and celebrities who have worn his pieces.
Beyoncé, Kirsten Dunst and Penelope Cruz are amongst some of the famous names who have pieces on display in the exhibition, but the piece that has everyone talking? Amal Clooney's wedding dress.
For her wedding in 2014, Amal wore an off-the-shoulder gown, aptly named 'Oscar', made from ivory-beaded tulle with a long beautiful veil. Amal received widespread praise for her classically beautifully wedding dress, the last designed by de la Renta before his passing, which can now be viewed up close and personal - though it took some convincing to get the piece.
"We wanted it [for last year's Oscar de la Renta retrospective in San Francisco] but Mrs. Clooney reached me through her assistant to say that she felt it was too early to have her dress in an exhibit after she married [George]. Now it's on loan from Mrs. Clooney - we have been very anxious to have that dress for so long," Leon Talley explained to WWD adding that the exhibition overall is "about beauty, a celebration of this great man's life."
The exhibition will run until January 2018.