Oscar de la Renta: An American Icon

William J. Clinton Presidential Center Celebrates "Oscar de la Renta: American Icon" 
With Special Guests Oscar de la Renta and Anna Wintour 

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (July 1, 2013) -- The William J. Clinton Presidential Center will host a private grand-opening reception celebrating the exhibit, "Oscar de la Renta: American Icon," on Monday, July 8, 2013. President Clinton, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton will welcome world-renowned designer Oscar de la Renta and Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour to the official debut of this original exhibit, curated specially for the Clinton Center.  The exhibit tells the story of the designer’s life, career, and impact on the fashion world through his own, original designs and features more than 30 of his iconic creations.  Tracing de la Renta’s remarkable career, "Oscar de la Renta: American Icon" celebrates the art of American fashion, and closes December 1, 2013. 
 
In December 1998, then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton graced the cover of Vogue, the first time in history the magazine featured a sitting First Lady on its cover. “Oscar de la Renta is the ultimate statesman of American fashion,” she said in her interview.  “His name alone evokes shimmering elegance and timeless beauty that has helped define global style for generations. He is a true American original.”
 
In the 1960s, Dominican-born Oscar de la Renta moved to the United States, where he launched his signature ready- to-wear label and quickly became known as a leading figure in international fashion design. De la Renta’s award- winning career spans five decades, and he continues to produce an exceptional body of work – a testament to his enduring creative vision.
 
This exhibit traces de la Renta’s fashion evolution and inspiration from the Dominican Republic, Spain, France, and finally, the United States.  It features designs from both the Red Carpet and the runway, including those worn by Laura Bush, Jessica Chastain, Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Jessica Parker, Nancy Reagan, and Taylor Swift.  The dress worn by actress Carey Mulligan on the May 2013 issue of Vogue is also prominently featured. Couture pieces that are featured include evening ensembles from Oscar de la Renta for Pierre Balmain.
 
The exhibit also features video interviews with friends of de la Renta, including the Clinton family, Andre Leon Talley, Barbara Walters, Anna Wintour, and Diane von Furstenberg. The videos premiere at the July 8 reception.

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