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It’s all in the details: Oscar de la Renta

My knowledge of Oscar de la Renta stems from the Sunday Chronicle society pages featuring the high society mavens. One in particular sported his designs faithfully with all the ruffles and frills. I was not drawn to pieces, feeling like they might be “matronly”.

 

Poofy sleeves

Shepardess hem

My surprise, then, was to view the show at the de Young Museum, where I could see and delight in the detailing and cuts.Ruched waistband

Sculpted netting detail

 

 

The styles also transported me back the heyday of the sixties: Kaftans with major beading! Dr. Zhivago look-a-likes! Pantsuits! All styles that were cutting edge at the time.

 

 

And the gowns! The gowns were what gave gravitas to the show: truly elegant and avant guard. From a fiber sculpture perspective, the layering and volume of the fabric was positively 3D, imaginative and playful: taffeta taken to the nines, tucked and ruched to our hearts content. He had a Marie Antoinette thing going, shepardess with under layers…Oscar net2351Sculpted plum taffetaSculpted green taffeta

 

 

 

 

It is no wonder that the up and coming stars of the film and music industry are interested in dressing up in these elegant, womanly gowns. They are statement pieces. They enhance the female form, offering a new, yet old, fashioned way of being sexy.Scroll white on black

Layering of scarlet organza

 

 

Bravo Oscar- we will not forget you!