(Art)Books we love | Oscar de la Renta

WOW time flies right now. It’s #artbookfriday again and I will fly to Florida Sunday night. I am really excited about that, but don’t worry, there will be plenty of stuff coming up on the blog. If you work in the art business you’re never out of content.

Today I have a real coffee table book for you. It’s about one of the most famous fashion designers we know – Oscar de la Renta.

Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta (1932 – 2014), born in Santo Domingo, became internationally known in the 1960s as one of the couturiers who dressed Jacqueline Kennedy. He was an award-winning designer and couturier, trained by Cristóbal Balenciaga and Antonio del Castillo, he also worked for Lanvin and Balmain. From 1993 to 2002, de la Renta designed the Haute Couture collection for the house of Balmain, becoming the first Dominican to design for a French couture house. He also served as President of the CFDA several times during his impressive career. His widely known fashion house continues to dress leading stars and royal ladies until today.

The book is a true coffee table one because it contains mostly large images, reflecting the whole life of de la Renta. The main six chapters are “Beginnings”, “Spain”, “Asia”, “Russia”, “Garden” and “Ballroom” which represent his inspirations and all stations of his career. He took inspirations from the most diverse cultures and created unforgettable dresses, every day clothes and wedding dresses. André Leon Talley’s introduction looks back on a long and treasured friendship, and the authors examine the designer’s artistry and technique, as well as the historical and cultural influences that de la Renta had. There’re just three texts but they explain a wide range of de la Renta’s way to work.

The book also includes images from his historic 1973 fashion show at Versailles, his designs worn from the red carpet to the White House by glamor icons such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Taylor Swift, along with state dinner-worthy creations made exclusively for Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush. In addition, historic images from de la Renta’s archives illuminate the depth of the designer’s work.

This book is a true beauty and nice to have if you’re a fashion lover or a fan of Oscar de la Renta.

The Book

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#book | Oscar de la Renta

#author |  André Leon Talley, Jennifer Park, Molly Sorkin

#language | Englisch

#publishing house | Prestel

#ISBN | 978-3-7913-5523-8

#pages | 280

#published | 2016

you can get your copy here.

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