Oscar De La Renta: Five Decades Of Style

On Sunday I made a visit to my alma mater, SMU, to see the Oscar De La Renta: Five Decades of Style exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. This exhibit is a retrospective of Mr. De La Renta’s career from the 1960s to today. Over 60 of his designs are featured in themes throughout the exhibit and he is specifically celebrated for his contribution to America by designing for First Ladies, including Nancy Reagan, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Laura Bush. Oscar is a true fashion icon and someone who exemplifies American style. How can any girl not fall in love with his classic and feminine creations? I was in pure fashion heaven throughout my walk through the exhibit and wanted to share with you my experience. Enjoy his stunning looks below and I hope you can visit the exhibit between now and October 5th so your fashion dream can come true too!

Oscar De La Renta: Five Decades Of Style

Laura Bush on July 17th at the exhibit opening

Oscar De La Renta: Five Decades Of Style

Laura Bush’s 2005 Inauguration Outfits

Oscar De La Renta: Five Decades Of Style

Laura Bush’s 2005 Inauguration Outfits are the entrance to the exhibit.

Oscar De La Renta: Five Decades Of Style

How can you not love the back of Mercedes Bass’ skirt? The way the fabric gathers into a flower is so elegant to me.

Oscar De La Renta: Five Decades Of Style

Another one of Mercedes Bass’ dresses. A true princess dress and the feathers are just too fun!

Oscar De La Renta: Five Decades Of Style

Pink and green is one of my favorite color combinations and I love seeing it in evening wear.

Oscar De La Renta: Five Decades Of Style

The pastel colors are perfect for Spring and I am wowed by the classic bow

Oscar De La Renta: Five Decades Of Style

A true statement dress! This is one of those dresses that will always turn heads

Oscar De La Renta: Five Decades Of Style

These two dresses evoke a secret garden to me. Oscar shows how chic floral is and I just love how the big bows cascade down the back. Taylor Swift wore the blush dress on the left to an event earlier this year.

Oscar De La Renta: Five Decades Of Style

Spanish influences seen in classic black and white pieces. Loving the white bolero and the tassels. Salsa dancing anyone?

Oscar De La Renta: Five Decades Of Style

What a fabulous black gown! It is sexy and feminine with the lace and tulle.

Oscar De La Renta: Five Decades Of Style

These ladies look like French courtiers from Louis XIV’s time (one of my favorite eras) and I can’t help but think about playing dress up.

Oscar De La Renta: Five Decades Of Style

Throughout his career, Oscar has been influenced by many different cultures and countries.

Oscar De La Renta: Five Decades Of Style

Russia inspired the looks above and I always think fur touches are so elegant.  Would love to be a lady who lunches in the suit in the middle!

Oscar De La Renta: Five Decades Of Style

Absolutely love the ice blue brocade outfit with the fur trimmed coat. And a pink and yellow caftan? Get me to the beach now!

Oscar De La Renta: Five Decades Of Style

Oscar nailed the LBD’s from the 1980s!

Oscar De La Renta: Five Decades Of Style

Beautiful soft and metallic evening gowns. True glamour!

Oscar De La Renta: Five Decades Of Style

Anne Hathaway wore this dress when she hosted the Academy Awards.

Oscar De La Renta: Five Decades Of Style

Amy Adams wore this to the 2014 Met Gala.

Oscar De La Renta: Five Decades Of Style

Glitz and Glamour

Oscar De La Renta: Five Decades Of Style

SJP Was Pure Oscar Gold At The Academy Awards.

Oscar De La Renta: Five Decades Of Style

His Leading Ladies

Oscar De La Renta: Five Decades Of Style

Power suits: Laura Bush’s on the left and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s on the right.

Oscar De La Renta: Five Decades Of Style

Oscar shows us pantsuits don’t have to be a boring black. By choosing the mint color for Hillary Rodham Clinton, he made this pantsuit instantly chic.

Oscar De La Renta: Five Decades Of Style

Since this is a blog about fashion and all things royal, I had to share Laura Bush’s blue skirt suit Oscar designed specifically for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip’s visit to Washington D.C. in May 2007. Oscar is a must for any royal occasion!

Oscar De La Renta: Five Decades Of Style

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s scarlet gown is perfect to spread some Holiday cheer.

Oscar De La Renta: Five Decades Of Style

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s leopard print gown followed by Nancy Reagan’s suits.

Oscar De La Renta: Five Decades Of Style

I had never seen this dress and instantly fell in love with it! I love anything leopard and seeing the print head-to-toe as a gown was so stunning and daring. Hillary Rodham Clinton wore this to a state dinner in September 2000.

Oscar De La Renta: Five Decades Of Style

Nancy Reagan’s  suits for daytime and for evening. The red plaid is oh so festive!

Oscar De La Renta: Five Decades Of Style

Another breathtaking black dress by Oscar worn by Nancy Reagan.

Oscar De La Renta: Five Decades Of Style

Laura Bush’s cream brocade column gown. This dress evokes Jackie Kennedy during her White House years, especially with the bow at the waist.

Oscar De La Renta: Five Decades Of Style

Laura Bush wore this navy gown for her Vogue spread in January 2005. Navy is always so classic and a dress like this never goes out of style.

Oscar De La Renta: Five Decades Of Style

View of Laura Bush’s gown and suits.

Oscar De La Renta: Five Decades Of Style

This sparkly, beaded gown was gorgeous on Laura Bush for a state dinner at the White House. The turquoise belt gave the neutral dress that added “pop”!

Oscar De La Renta: Five Decades Of Style

Laura Bush loved the dress so much she sent Oscar a picture of her wearing it with a little thank-you note: “To Oscar, Thank you for a sparkling evening!”

Oscar De La Renta: Five Decades Of Style

The Bush Girls and their Oscars. Barbara wore the coral Grecian style gown to an event. Jenna’s wedding dress is in the middle from when she married Henry Hager in May 2008. Laura’s teal dress is the dress she wore to Jenna’s wedding at their ranch in Crawford, TX.

Oscar De La Renta: Five Decades Of Style

Jenna Bush married Henry Hager on May 10, 2008 in Crawford, TX. A very special day that Oscar will always be apart of!

Oscar De La Renta: Five Decades Of Style

Laura Bush’s kind words about a style icon: Oscar De La Renta!

Oscar De La Renta: Five Decades Of Style

Don’t forget to add the Oscar De La Renta book to your coffee table today!

Oscar De La Renta: Five Decades Of Style