So I Was THIS CLOSE to Amal, Anna, Beyonce…
… as well as Kirsten, Penelope, and Taylor.
Okay, it was actually just their gowns, but that’s good enough for me.
Museum of Fine Arts Houston is hosting the exhibition, “The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta,” and I got to have a quick visit. The MFAH has a lovely slideshow of some of the clothing at the link above, and you can see even more of the ensembles here.
One thing that I really loved was that, unlike previous fashion exhibitions I have been to, this one was spread out across many galleries. There was plenty of space to take in each costume on its own. They were grouped according to de la Renta’s fashion inspirations — Spain, China, Russia, the garden, etc.
Photography was allowed, although no flash as usual. On the wall were slideshows showing these gowns being worn at various red carpet events, with crowds of photographers focusing in on them, and I was thinking, “I think these gowns have seen plenty of flash!” So my pictures did not turn out as well as those professional pictures I linked to, but I did get some that showed details of some of the jewelry, and the ornate fabrics.
I was most curious about the fabrics. I just couldn’t imagine that anything so ornate and labor-intensive would have been produced within the last 50 years, so I wondered whether many of them were antique fabrics that had been re-purposed into new garments. But in the audio tour, curator André Leon Talley said that Oscar de la Renta sometimes designed his own fabrics, and sometimes fabric houses brought designs they thought he would like to him, and he was happy to use available fabrics.
I love seeing fashion get recognition as an art form, and it was a lovely way to start the year!
Gorgeous pictures! I imagine they don’t do the real things justice. I love that you got to see his collection, and that it was spread out in different rooms so you can take your time and absorb it all.
Yes, it felt like a little resort vacation to wander through! 🙂 Thank you for visiting and commenting!
Wow! That was fantastic! Thanks for pointing me to it 🙂
You are welcome! I can’t imagine EVER wearing something like those outfits, but I felt refreshed after looking at them! 🙂
A feast for the soul, such incredible detail and so elegant. ..
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Thank you, Chris
I’ve seen bits of designer created fabrics at NYC fabric stores and they cost $$$$$$$, for a good reason. It’s so fun to ooh and aah at exquisite details that elevate garments from functional to divine. Alas, I believe fashion is often relegated to the decorative arts category, said with a whiff of a sneer.
I too could NOT imagine wearing them. I feel like such a sleeze in my sweats but I DO have dogs and they rule haha I understand the fascination with them though. Thank you.
Those are incredible garments (I don’t feel I could say clothes!). The embroidery detail is amazing. They must have been even more spectacular in real life. Thank you for sharing your photos 🙂
(I changed my t-shirt today…) 🙂 What amazing pieces of art — I’m a bit jealous that you were able to go, and also happy for you. I especially loved the embroidered taffetas, Ann Getty’s ensemble and the other beautiful silk and sable. Very nice…
Very pretty and think of the hours that went into that hand embroidery silk. Gorgeous.
Yes, wouldn’t be great to have some little remnants of that fabric for a crazy quilt or applique?
Oh yes, or to make a,small clutch purse, anything would be so beautiful.
Your right this was an amazing show! It’s interesting that there are more and more textiles in the Museum of Arts other shows as well. Textiles and clothing are being shown as an art form
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