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Houston fashionistas pay homage to Oscar de la Renta in dramatic design showcase

Houston designers pay homage to Oscar de la Renta in fashion showcase

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Gowns inspired by Oscar de la Renta are on display at Houston Public Libraries across Houston. Photo Courtesy Fashion Fusion
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Twenty two dresses are part of the exhibit, Timeless Elegance: Homage to Oscar de la Renta. Photo Courtesy Fashion Fusion
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The dresses were unveiled at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston as part of Fashion Fusion. Photo Courtesy Fashion Fusion
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Jacqueline Kennedy, Lupita Nyong'o, Blake Lively and Sarah Jessica Parker are among those who have worn Oscar de la Renta designs. Photo Courtesy Oscar de la Renta
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The next generation of local designers are showcasing their Oscar de la Renta-inspired gowns at 15 libraries across Houston, as a part of Timeless Elegance: Homage to Oscar de la Renta, with an opening reception and panel discussion Sunday, August 19 at the Central library. From long, sweeping gowns to sheer, voluminous layers, the pieces pay homage to the legacy of the famed designer.

The 22 gowns chosen for the exhibition were among the winning designs from Fashion Fusion, an annual competition presented by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Houston Community College's Fashion and Costume Design department. 

Initially seen on the MFAH runway in January 2018, the dresses embody the spirit and detailing found in de la Renta’s work. The students crafted their gowns based on one of the four categories that also inspired de la Renta’s life: Eastern, garden, icons and Spain. They also incorporated florals, color, and an ever-present eye on the feminine — with a dash of drama.

The panel discussion starts at 2 pm and is moderated by HCC’s fashion design professor Alex Chapman, along with designer David Peck, who has garnered a reputation for impeccable, innovative design work, and detailing. Chapman and Peck will explore de la Renta’s work, as well as discuss the exhibit with designers Jing Cao, Inge Duran, David Julian Valdez, Shanda Phillips, Teresa Rangel, Ebonie Sophus, and Maria Hammond.

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The exhibit and panel discussion are located in the first floor art gallery. Both free and open to the public.