Oscar de la Renta Gowns Worn by Oprah, Taylor Swift Spotlighted in Posthumous Exhibit

by Raphael Chestang 2:23 PM PDT, March 26, 2015
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Celebrated designer Oscar de la Renta was worn by every woman of style from Rihanna to Amal Clooney before he passed away in October. While he may be gone, his influence on style will live on forever. Vogue contributing editor and SCAD trustee Andre Leon Talley curated the first posthumous Oscar de la Renta exhibit on display at the Savannah College of Art & Design Museum of Art.

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"I just went gung ho into the closets of people that I know," Talley told ET. "This whole exhibit is based upon threads of memory that I have had of where I've seen these people wearing the clothes."

Creations on display include a midnight blue gown that Oprah Winfrey wore to the 2010 MET Ball, a pink gown worn by Taylor Swift at last year's MET Ball and Laura Bush's inauguration suit.

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"I discovered that Mrs. Bush had great style and her style evolved with Mr. De la Renta," Talley said.

According to, Talley became close to de la Renta after meeting him in 1974. De la Renta's first wife Francoise de Langlade reportedly made a habit of calling him first thing in the morning to learn what he had worked on the night before.

De la Renta died last year at the age of 82 following a long battle with cancer, which he was reportedly diagnosed with in 2006. He is survived by his wife Annette de la Renta, three step-children, and his adopted son Moises.

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The exhibition, titled Oscar de la Renta: His Legendary World of Style, runs through May 3. Talley is also working on a book by the same name that is set to publish in September.