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Oscar de la Renta Retrospective Set to Open in San Francisco

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The celebration of the late designer's career will go on display at SF's de Young Museum next year.

Be still, our Oscar de la Renta-loving hearts. San Francisco's de Young Museum has announced the first retrospective of the legendary designer's career, set to go on display from Feb. 27 through May 30, 2016.

Presented in tandem with his fashion house and family, the comprehensive exhibit will span five decades of de la Renta's life work, through his passing from cancer last year. Curated by the late designer's friend and Vogue's former editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley, more than 100 ensembles will trace the designer's life work, starting with his upbringing in his native Dominican Republic and culminating with his own namesake ready-to-wear line, often spotted on the world's most famous red carpets. The retrospective will draw pieces from the brand's archives, as well as selections from de la Renta's personal collection, private owners, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco's own offerings.

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The show follows in the footsteps of a smaller de la Renta show curated by Talley, currently on view at Savannah College of Art and Design's Museum of Art. Titled "Oscar de la Renta: His Legendary World of Style," the posthumous exhibit features 50 iconic pieces handpicked from the collections of the designer's biggest fans, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Hillary Clinton and Oprah. Talley is also currently at work on a book about the designer's life in collaboration with Rizzoli, set to hit shelves this fall.

"I am honored and excited to be the curator of the definitive Oscar de la Renta retrospective exhibition at the de Young Museum," said Talley in an official statement. "This privilege is exceedingly important for me after years of close friendship with Oscar, as well as a strong working relationship during my life at Vogue. My goal is to highlight the extraordinary depth of Oscar's creative aesthetic from his earliest designs for Jane Derby throughout the five decades of his remarkable career."

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The de la Renta retrospective is a continuation of the de Young Museum's commitment to fashion, including 2012's The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk and Vivienne Westwood: 36 Years in Fashion in 2007.

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