Monday, July 7, 2014

Explore Five Decades of Style from Oscar de la Renta at the George W. Bush Presidential Center

Anne Hathaway, Amy Adams and Taylor Swift showcase
red, white and blue fashions from Oscar de la Renta
The George W. Bush Presidential Center is set to host a major retrospective of legendary American fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, celebrating his inspiring life and exploring his award-winning career from its origins to his most recent runway and red-carpet masterpieces.

“Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style,” will feature more than 60 garments, some on view for the first time. The exhibit will open July 19, 2014 and continue through October 5 at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

The show will feature a wide range of silhouettes from elegant daywear to romantic ball gowns and highlight de la Renta’s richly layered aesthetic and showcase the designer’s meticulous hand and mastery of his craft.
Known for his artistic eye and exquisite craftsmanship, Mr. de la Renta has designed for iconic women of style, including First Ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Nancy Reagan. His designs for First Ladies reveals his secure place at the pinnacle of American fashion and offers an opportunity to examine the unique role of the First Lady as our country’s official hostess to world leaders and diplomats and as a trendsetter in style, fashion, and entertaining.

Laura Bush & Hilary Clinton are Oscar fans
Highlights include Mrs. Laura Bush’s second inaugural day and evening ensembles, and clothing worn by her daughters, Barbara and Jenna, whose wedding dress will be on display. The former first family represents two generations of prominent American women who appreciate Mr. de la Renta’s enduring style—a singular vision consistently revealed over five decades on the pages of the world’s most important fashion and lifestyle magazines.

Additional garments from sophisticated Texas women, Mercedes T. Bass and Lynn Wyatt will also be on display. A video component will introduce visitors to the collection through stories, images, and personal accounts from Mrs. Bush and Mr. de la Renta. From such A-list events as the Oscars, the Country Music Awards, and the Met Gala, the exhibition will feature stunning evening gowns designed by Oscar de la Renta for America’s most acclaimed celebrities including Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway, Amy Adams, Carrie Underwood, and Taylor Swift. This seminal exhibition, the largest and most comprehensive look at Oscar de la Renta’s 50-year career, is exclusively at the Bush Center.

All advanced tickets are available in two hour time blocks. Visitors are welcome to enter the Museum anytime within the two hours and can take as much time as they like to view the Museum’s exhibit area. While, they only offer a limited number of advanced tickets within each time block, the exhibit will accommodate as many walk-up visitors as possible each day. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit