Fall Arts Guide

Oscar De La Renta’s Designs, On Display at the MFAH

Houstonians will get to see the beloved couturier's breathtaking day- and eveningwear ensembles in person.

By Chris Becker August 21, 2017 Published in the September 2017 issue of Houstonia Magazine

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The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is set to give the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute a run for its money with this exclusive exhibition of some 80 breathtaking day- and eveningwear ensembles by renowned designer Oscar de la Renta, who died in 2014.

Curated by former American editor-at-large for Vogue magazine André Leon Talley, “The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta” draws upon de la Renta’s personal and corporate archives to tell the story of the man who dressed his customers—including every first lady since Jacqueline Kennedy, Hollywood celebrities, and regular women—in unapologetic ruffles, billowy skirts and body-hugging embroidery.

When de la Renta famously said, “I don’t really know how to do casual clothes,” he wasn’t kidding. The artistic influence of the couturier, who initially dreamed of becoming a painter, is arguably as far-reaching as that of Picasso or Matisse. Is fashion art? Of course! And you even get to wear it.

Oct. 8-Jan. 28, 2018, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

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