How Oscar de la Renta's First Posthumous Exhibit Came Together at SCAD

A documentary about the exhibit's creation reveals one SCAD student's crucial role. Watch it here.
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A documentary about the exhibit's creation reveals one SCAD student's crucial role. Watch it here.
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Just four months after Oscar de la Renta's passing shook the industry, the first posthumous exhibit of his work bowed at the Savannah College of Art & Design. It was just one of several fashion exhibits that the school's esteemed trustee Andre Leon Talley has curated over the years, and it was undoubtedly the most personal for him as a close friend of the late designer.

The process of putting it together is almost as interesting as the exhibit itself, as seen in a new documentary — told not from the perspective of ALT, but rather one SCAD student who found herself at the center of the exhibit's creation. Sloane Mayberry had interned for Oscar de la Renta under the company's archivist, and when she heard SCAD was planning an exhibit, she told her former supervisor she'd love to help. The next day, she had an email from Talley himself and spent the next several weeks working on the exhibit every moment she wasn't in class. 

The film is a rare, intimate look at what goes into creating a fashion exhibition, like handling such stunning, delicate pieces — from gowns worn by A-list celebrities to more personal items like de la Renta's daughter's wedding dress — as well as creating sets and photographing each piece for an accompanying Rizzoli book, "Oscar de la Renta: His Legendary World of Style," due out this September.

Sloane Mayberry at the exhibit's opening night. Photo: SCAD

Sloane Mayberry at the exhibit's opening night. Photo: SCAD

The documentary, "Ovation for Oscar: An Exhibition at SCAD Museum of Art," was created entirely by SCAD students, faculty and alumni and debuted at the Marché du Film at the Cannes Film Festival. The film debuts publicly here on Fashionista. You can watch it below.

Disclosure: SCAD paid for my travel and accommodations to Savannah for the exhibit opening.