Is fashion going country?
Karl Lagerfeld may be taking Chanel to Texas, but his friend, designer Oscar de la Renta, is going even deeper south–Arkansas, to be exact, when his retrospective “Oscar de la Renta: American Icon” opens at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center next week.
Curated by Andre Leon Talley, the exhibition is a retrospective of the designer’s impressive career. The 30-plus pieces in the exhibition range from his couture designs for Balmain to red carpet dresses worn by the likes of Jessica Chastain and Sarah Jessica Parker. Naturally, there will be gowns previously worn by Hillary Clinton and daughter Chelsea, but since this is a non-partisan exhibition, a gown worn by Laura Bush will also be on display.
Clinton has long been open about her admiration for the designer, telling the audience at the 2013 CFDA Awards that the pair share “a great friendship that has meant the world to me and to my family.” So even though Clinton is not a First Lady remembered for her style, it feels natural that this exhibition will be hosted at her husband’s Presidential library (at least until she gets her own).
“Oscar de la Renta: American Icon” opens at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center on July 8 with a private reception, where the Clinton family will welcome de la Renta and Anna Wintour. It runs through December 1. If you can’t make it to Arkansas, you can check out preview images below–where there’s nary a pantsuit in sight!: