Oscar de la Renta

Oct. 3 - Dec. 31, 2015

Oscar de la Renta

SCAD FASH presented "Oscar de la Renta," the inaugural exhibition at the Savannah College of Art and Design's new museum of fashion. "Oscar de la Renta" celebrates the illustrious life and designs of the storied couturier whose work set the standard for timeless elegance, and it also introduces the work of Peter Copping, the talented designer personally selected by de la Renta to lead the iconic brand into the future.

Visit SCAD FASH: The exquisite convergence of fashion and film

Celebrate film and fashion with SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace in this walk-through of SCAD FASH, where diverse visual perspectives emerge from the impeccable color, craft, and command of artists and designers creating within these powerful mediums. Here Wallace celebrates the Sultan of Chic, Oscar de la Renta, through exploration of his exquisite garments, both timeless and singular in style.

This momentous exhibition featured more than 60 garments, many designed exclusively for de la Renta's closest friends and family. Known as "the sultan of chic," de la Renta dressed such Hollywood A-listers as Oprah Winfrey, Nicole Kidman and Taylor Swift, as well as former first lady Laura Bush. Additionally, a stunning selection of new looks from Copping's Fall 2015 show are incorporated, highlighting the future direction of the fashion house.

The exhibition also included "Ovation for Oscar," a SCAD-commissioned short documentary film that premiered at the Marché du Film at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. Created by SCAD alumni and students, the film provides an intimate account of the making of a major museum exhibition honoring the designer, artist and cultural icon.

"Oscar de la Renta" was curated by Laurie Ann Farrell, executive director of SCAD museums and exhibitions.

Oscar de la Renta curriculum guide

Learning exercises in this guide capture Oscar de la Renta’s approach to fashion and the essence of his designs, with emphasis on the influence of surrounding cultures and attention to the wearer’s sense of individuality. Oscar de la Renta’s work is further illuminated by the addition of ensembles from the fashion house’s new creative director, Peter Copping, providing students with opportunities to investigate the coexisting creative forces of inspiration and individuality.

Download the curriculum guide