There was a long line going into the museum. We almost didn't get in but the story ended well and we were able see the exhibit. Oscar De La Renta is truly one of the best designers in the world.
As someone who designs business applications using computer programs, I appreciate jobs involving designs and I am a fan of great designers. This is why I knew I was going to enjoy this art exhibition at the De Young. In fact, I've been to other art exhibition at the De Young involving fashion and fashion designers like Yves Saint Laurent and Jean Paul Gaultier.
There was a long queue outside the museum when the three of us got there a little after twelve noon. I thought to myself, this is not good. After an hour, we got our timed ticket slated at 4:15pm. We had over two hours to kill time inside the museum so we had time to sit down at the museum's cafe to continue hanging out and also to see another exhibit called From Boquets To Art.
Finally, we made it to our time slot. Still lots of people inside even though it was timed. I wish I had the accompanying audio guide but I decided not to get it this time.
The lighting and the wall color created a soft mood. I imagine this was sort of mimicking the mood during the runway shows of Oscar De La Renta. Because of the low light, taking pictures was a challenge. Taking pictures with a flash is prohibited. The tactile details, the colors and the shapes are all cohesive. Everytime I see a piece of dress or gown I tried to imagine the design process involved in each one. Was he ceremonial or did he work right away? Did he experience any designer's block while designing any of these exquisite pieces? I wonder.
My photos don't do justice because the pieces are more beautiful up close. I imagine this was like watching a fashion runway. The only difference is that the models do not move.
Here are his creations during the beginning of his career.
Here are the pieces from the Eastern Influence room.
Here are the pieces from the Garden Inspiration room.
Here are the pieces in the Celebrities and Red Carpet section.
I was expecting to get a gown overdose but I didn't. The exhibit did a great job with the selection of pieces. They are so different from each other so it was not boring at all.
I bought a couple of postcards in the end so that I have something to take away from the event. Thank you, De Young Museum for bring this brilliant fashion exhibit to San Francisco.
Oscal De La Renta: The Retrospective is on display through May 30, 2016 at the De Young Museum.