The Glamor and Romance of Oscar de la Renta

April 29 - August 19, 2018

Mint Museum Randolph


A look at the legendary designer’s influences.

NEW: This exhibition has been extended three weeks from its original closing date, now open through August 19, 2018!

Presented in collaboration with Oscar de la Renta, LLC and the designer’s family, the exhibition features approximately 50 ensembles sourced from de la Renta’s personal archives, the archives of French label Pierre Balmain, private lenders, and the Mint’s collection. It is curated by André Leon Talley, former editor-at-large for American Vogue magazine, current contributing editor, and lifelong friend of the designer, with assistance by fashion historians Molly Sorkin and Jennifer Park. This exhibition follows previous Talley-curated exhibitions in San Francisco and Houston, but is customized for Charlotte.

From the start of his award-winning career, which spanned more than five decades and two continents, Oscar de la Renta set out to design beautiful clothes for every occasion in a woman’s life. The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta highlights recurring themes throughout his career, including the influence of the garden on his designs; Spanish influences; and Eastern European influences. The creations on view offer a window into de la Renta’s world through a range of looks, from elegant daywear to resplendent evening gowns.

The exhibition also pays tribute to Marianna Sheridan of Charlotte, who befriended de la Renta and became the first archivist for Oscar de la Renta LLC.

It’s all part of the “ Year of Fashion ,” a three-exhibition series celebrating an art form the Mint has collected for more than 40 years.


Exhibition organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, with the collaboration of Oscar de la Renta, LLC. Presented to the Charlotte community by Wells Fargo Private Bank, with additional support from the Mint Museum Auxiliary, Moore & Van Allen, and Dickens-Mitchener. Exclusive hotel partner: The Ivey’s Hotel, by the MRK Hotel Collection.

Selected fashions remain on view in the galleries of American art at  The Mint Museum Uptown.

Several fashions are included in Portals to the Past: British Ceramics, 1675 – 1825 at Mint Museum Randolph .


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