Oscar de la Renta is the man of the hour. The dapper, Dominican Republic-born designer recently received this year's CFDA Founders Award. And starting next week, his life and career will be displayed with an exhibit at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.
The exhibit, "Oscar de la Renta: American Icon," will commemorate the fashion designer's impact on the fashion world through his own original designs, featuring more than 30 of his past masterpieces. To celebrate the special display, President Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will welcome de la Renta and Vogue's Anna Wintour with a private reception on July 8.
Hillary, who presented de la Renta with the CFDA Founders Award in June, appeared in the December 1998 issue of Vogue and spoke highly of the renowned designer. "Oscar de la Renta is the ultimate statesman of American fashion," said the former First Lady in an interview. "His name alone evokes shimmering elegance and timeless beauty that has helped define global style for generations. He is a true American original."
As a red carpet and runway favorite, the de la Renta-curated pieces will feature statement-making gowns worn by Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Jessica Parker, Nancy Regan, as well as Hillary and Chelsea. The Great Gatsby-inspired dress worn by Carey Mulligan on this year's cover of Vogue's May issue will also be featured along with couture pieces from the Oscar de la Renta for Pierre Balmain collection.
The exhibit, which runs through December 1, will also feature video interviews with words from de la Renta's friends and colleagues. including the Clinton family, Wintour, Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley, Barbara Walters and Diane von Furstenberg.
In February, de la Renta celebrated 50 years in the fashion industry with his Fall 2013 runway show in New York.