Some nights and collections are difficult to quantify in words because they are so magical. This October 7th, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston hosted an event for its members to debut the exhibit “The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta.” With floor-to-ceiling florals and a runway show projected onto museum walls, one could not help but be swept away to a different place upon entering. A delightful string trio added to the luster of the evening, as did cocktails and beautiful floral light fixtures. To ensure photos were fabulous, MFAH provided several floors perfect for any posed shot or “selfie.”
After members ensured they posed perfectly for photos, they walked under the tunnel to the main event: the exhibit. With an overwhelming reception in a city thirsty for a haute evening, the line to enter the museum wrapped around the door. Upon entry, guests were provided the option to get an audio tour or to roam the museum freely. This de la Renta fangirl opted into the audio tour, and I highly recommend readers do the same. With an audio narrative pieced together by fashion magazine editors, muses, and audio admissions spoken by the designer himself, the audio tour provides a level of insight one might miss just walking through.
Because I don’t want to ruin this exhibit, I won’t give too much away, but encourage readers to be ready for the spectacular. This exhibit showcases de la Renta’s dedication to the female form and presenting it in the most glorious way possible. You might see a familiar piece or two, and I’ve included a shot of one regal gown that we all might recognize from a certain teen queen gracing the cover of Vogue. The images in this article can’t do de la Renta’s pieces justice. In order to fully admire this designer’s work it is important to view his structurally complex masterpieces from all 360 degrees. An admirer needs to see these artworks in person to understand the beauty of fabric texture and intricate details in every item featured in this exhibit. MFAH’s exhibit also featured insights into de la Renta’s personal life, including narrative from family, video from his personal gardens, and art pieces that inspired his work.
Walking away from this exhibit without feeling connected to the artist, his inspiration, and his work is simply not possible. I hope you are done reading and are ready to head to the museum. Perhaps you’ll run into me there, daydreaming of dancing away someplace special in one of his gowns.