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There’s no question Oscar de la Renta’s passing last fall rocked the fashion world — and left a void. One person who jumped right to action: Andre Leon Talley, the longtime front-row fixture, Vogue contributing editor and friend of the beloved designer’s, approached the brand’s CEO (and de la Renta’s son-in-law) Alex Bolen about honoring him with a special exhibition, according to WWD.
Now, beginning Feb. 5 at Savannah College of Art and Design’s Museum of Art, visitors can peruse 70 ensembles curated by Talley. Among the eye candy: de la Renta’s stepdaughter’s wedding dress, Taylor Swift’s pink Met Ball frock, Hillary Clinton’s velvet number from her 1998 Vogue cover and several gowns worn by Laura Bush, Nicole Kidman and Sarah Jessica Parker.
Of course 70 dresses don’t present a complete picture of the legendary designer. And that wasn’t Talley’s intention. He told WWD this show represents “my interpretation of Oscar’s legacy through his work and my memory of it.” In addition, the SCAD exhibit (where Talley sits on the board) includes pieces de la Renta designed just for his wife and muse, Annette. The Valentino: At the Emperor’s Table author is also working on a book, Oscar de la Renta: His Legendary World of Style, to be released by Rizzoli in September.
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