The Oscar de la Renta fashions now showing at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco shown in the slide show above.
Design is all around us. You can wear it, live with it, eat it, walk in it! Great design makes life better, more fun, more interesting, more satisfying. As I meet more and more people in Carmel I see that the community has a deep love for the arts and creativity. So much so that making a day trip to San Francisco is an adventure to seek out an art event in the City by the Bay...this trip was to see the incredible fashions of Oscar De La Renta.
I have always loved fashion. Earlier in my career I worked in couture design for fashion designer Micheal Casey. From that experience I learned to appreciate quality, fine detail and craftsmanship. Loving all things Couture I couldn't pass up seeing the the Oscar De LA Renta retrospective at the De Young.
What I loved about the exhibit of the great Oscar de la Renta was that he was constantly evolving. He took inspiration from so many eras, places, events, and cultures. Plus he wasn't afraid to be sumptuous, whimsical or humorous. The fabrics and the craftsmanship are of the highest quality, the colors are rich and deep. His clothes are wearable and flatter a women's figure. He was said to make each client feel as if she was his only client...such a gentleman.
Though born in the Dominican Republic, he was considered an American designer. When there was a fashion competition between French and American designers for charity at the Battle of Versailles Fashion Show, Oscar was there representing his adopted country with other American designers. The French designers underestimated the American's and consequently, the American's stole the show with their innovation and daring.
The other sides to Oscar that I was not aware of were his joie de vivre and his generosity. Apparently he loved to sing. He was known to get up at many a party, grab the mic and belt out a song! I loved that!! Additionally, he was devoted to his homeland and used his great success to support an orphanage in the Dominican Republic from which he and his wife adopted their son . It was wonderful to learn what a rich, well rounded and happy life he created.
I highly recommend you take a weekend visit to San Francisco to see this inspiring and satisfying retrospective of the amazing American designer Oscar de la Renta.