A retrospective celebrating the designer is opening at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Lynn Wyatt, Houston socialite, wanted to bring her late friend’s work to Texas after visiting the Oscar de la Renta retrospective last year at San Francisco’s de Young museum. Wyatt, a life trustee at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, did just that, and this Sunday, “The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta” is opening at MFAH.

Curated by André Leon Talley, who also worked on the de Young installation, WWD reports, “the Houston exhibit features day- and eveningwear and differs significantly from that of earlier offerings, with some never-before-seen pieces.”

One stand-out piece is Amal Clooney’s wedding dress, the last dress that de la Renta designed before he died, Talley told WWD. Beyoncé, Annette de la Renta, and Wyatt herself loaned pieces for the exhibit. “He knew his clients — he knew what kind of china they ate off of,” said Talley. “It’s important to know he lived with the people he dressed. They had a certain kind of world, [which was] appropriate and elegant.”

De la Renta’s designs will be displayed alongside paintings and decorative arts, such as 17th-century Chinese cabinets and a garden scene by French painter Nicolas Lancret, from the Museum of Fine Arts Houston collection.

“He had such great taste and en plus, he was a fabulous dancer,” recalled Wyatt. “Women appreciated that he made them look beautiful and to do that, you have to have a beautiful dress.”

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