“Oscar de la Renta: His Legendary World of Style” is still on view at the SCAD Museum in Savannah, but another exhibit on the designer is already in the works, and this one, too, will be curated by André Leon Talley. It will take place at San Francisco’s de Young Museum and, according to a statement from the museum, will run from February 27 to May 30, 2016. While Talley has described the Savannah exhibit as more of a personal reflection on de la Renta’s work, the San Francisco exhibit will be larger, consisting of over 100 pieces — including some from the house’s archives — and spanning his five-decade career. It will include themed sections devoted to the designer’s youth in the Dominican Republic and early career in Spain, among other topics.
Talley said in a release, “I am honored and excited to be the curator of the definitive Oscar de la Renta retrospective exhibition at the de Young Museum. This privilege is exceedingly important for me after years of close friendship with Oscar, as well as a strong working relationship during my life at Vogue. My goal is to highlight the extraordinary depth of Oscar’s creative aesthetic from his earliest designs for Jane Derby throughout the five decades of his remarkable career.” Added de la Renta CEO Alex Bolen, “Both our company and our family are proud that the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are organizing the first full-scale retrospective of Oscar’s work. The museums’ outstanding collections, augmented by open access to our archives, all viewed through the curatorial eye of Oscar’s dear friend André Leon Talley will convey well the unique artistry that Oscar brought to the world of fashion.”