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February 1, 2016
Finale of de la Renta's last runway show, Spring 2015 courtesy of Oscar de la Renta LLC

Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective

The Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective exhibit has ended. Please visit the de Young Museum for current exhibitions.

On view at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park from March 12 through May 30, the special exhibition Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective celebrates the life and career of one of fashion’s most influential designers. The world premiere of this exhibition at the de Young's Herbst Exhibition Galleries will include more than 130 pieces produced over five decades, and is presented in collaboration with the house of de la Renta and the designer’s family.

Garments showcased are organized into several thematic sections: early work; Spanish, Eastern, Russian and garden influences; daywear and eveningwear; and ball gowns and red carpet ensembles. The presentation traces the rise of de la Renta’s career in Spain, where he gained his first commissions; his formative years spent in the world’s most iconic fashion houses; and his eventual role as a designer for many of the most influential and celebrated personalities of the 20th and 21st centuries.

André Leon Talley, former American editor-at-large for Vogue magazine, will curate the exhibition. His depth of knowledge and lifelong friendship with de la Renta will provide an unmatched perspective on the designer’s career.

For this presentation, de la Renta’s company will open its archives to illuminate both the breadth and depth of the designer’s work. Additional pieces will be drawn from the designer’s personal collection, private lenders from around the world, and the Fine Arts Museums’ costume collection.

This exhibition deepens the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s commitment to fashion as art. Previous costume exhibitions include Vivienne Westwood: 36 Years in Fashion (2007), Yves Saint Laurent (2008–2009), Balenciaga and Spain (2011), The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk (2012) and most recently High Style: The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection (2015).

Tickets for this special exhibition are available in addition to General Admission. Tickets can be purchased on-site or online at

Bring a group of 10 or more to see Oscar de la Renta at the de Young and take advantage of special group benefits! Benefits include discounted tickets, no waiting in line at the admissions desk, and priority booking with access to preferred time and date. For more information and to download a group order form, please visit the de Young online.

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