Spring 2015, by Violetta Sturiale
There are several ways to face a grief process: some people suffer in silence, others try to elaborate their anguish in different ways. André Leon Talley, who was a close friend of the Dominican-American designer (and I think that this article is also one of the most humble and genuine open-letters ever written to a true Friend: http://www.vogue.com/3264309/remembering-oscar-de-la-renta/) matured his loss through a powerful retrospective made of 70 pieces created by de la Renta for his family and friends. “Each ensemble selected in this exhibition comes from the closets of some of Oscar’s most iconic clients: Mrs. Mercedes T. Bass, Diana Taylor, as well as Oscar’s wife, Annette de la Renta, and his stepdaughter, Eliza Bolen” says the Editor-at-large for Vogue.
De la Renta was the designer of the sartorial construction (how can we forget the gown of Amy Adams at the 2013 Oscars and the “mise” of SJP at the 2014 Met Costume Institute Gala?). He was also the master of vivacity and sensuality for the feminine figure. He knew women and the ideal skin they want to live in. He knew their fierceness and their powerful bodies and he could translate his knowledge through the best recipe possible: creativity, research, happiness and a scent of exotic lands.
The SCAD Museum of Art, for which Talley is one of the members of the Board of Trustees, will open the doors of this first posthumous exhibition dedicated to de la Renta until Sunday, May 3.