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!
Laura Bush on July 17th at the exhibit opening
Laura Bush’s 2005 Inauguration Outfits
Laura Bush’s 2005 Inauguration Outfits are the entrance to the exhibit.
How can you not love the back of Mercedes Bass’ skirt? The way the fabric gathers into a flower is so elegant to me.
Another one of Mercedes Bass’ dresses. A true princess dress and the feathers are just too fun!
Pink and green is one of my favorite color combinations and I love seeing it in evening wear.
The pastel colors are perfect for Spring and I am wowed by the classic bow
A true statement dress! This is one of those dresses that will always turn heads
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.
Spanish influences seen in classic black and white pieces. Loving the white bolero and the tassels. Salsa dancing anyone?
What a fabulous black gown! It is sexy and feminine with the lace and tulle.
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.
Throughout his career, Oscar has been influenced by many different cultures and countries.
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!
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 nailed the LBD’s from the 1980s!
Beautiful soft and metallic evening gowns. True glamour!
Anne Hathaway wore this dress when she hosted the Academy Awards.
Amy Adams wore this to the 2014 Met Gala.
Glitz and Glamour
SJP Was Pure Oscar Gold At The Academy Awards.
His Leading Ladies
Power suits: Laura Bush’s on the left and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s on the right.
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.
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!
Hillary Rodham Clinton’s scarlet gown is perfect to spread some Holiday cheer.
Hillary Rodham Clinton’s leopard print gown followed by Nancy Reagan’s suits.
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.
Nancy Reagan’s suits for daytime and for evening. The red plaid is oh so festive!
Another breathtaking black dress by Oscar worn by Nancy Reagan.
Laura Bush’s cream brocade column gown. This dress evokes Jackie Kennedy during her White House years, especially with the bow at the waist.
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.
View of Laura Bush’s gown and suits.
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”!
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!”
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.
Jenna Bush married Henry Hager on May 10, 2008 in Crawford, TX. A very special day that Oscar will always be apart of!
Laura Bush’s kind words about a style icon: Oscar De La Renta!
Don’t forget to add the Oscar De La Renta book to your coffee table today!