Fashion at Your Library

Timeless Elegance: An Homage to Oscar de la Renta

August 10,2018 - October 28, 2018
Exhibit shown at 15 library locations

Oscar de la Renta (1932–2014) was a renowned couturier and ready-to-wear designer who worked for well-known fashion houses, including Balenciaga, Lanvin, and Balmain. He founded his eponymous label in 1965. De la Renta designed clothing for women, ranging from chic daywear to red-carpet dresses to ethereal wedding gowns. His apparel was highly sought after and modeled by socialites, dignitaries, and celebrities.
This exhibition features garments from Fashion Fusion, an annual competition presented by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the award-winning Fashion Design Program at Houston Community College. Fashion Fusion challenged students and alumni to design original outfits inspired by the Museum’s recent exhibition, The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta. The students and alumni entered their designs into one of four categories inspired by major influences on de la Renta’s life: Eastern, Garden, Icons, and Spain.
This exhibition is in partnership with Houston Community College, Fashion and Costume Design Department Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Exhibit Locations:

Collier Regional Library ​- "Petalmania" by Irvin Callazo

Young Neighborhood Library - "Victress" by Kyndall Bollmeyer

Stanaker Neighborhood Library - "Vid" by Daiane Elert

Carnegie Neighborhood Library & Center for Learning - "Evening in Punta Cana" by Maite Bradford

Park Place Regional Library - "Torero" by David Valdez

Bracewell Neighborhood Library - "Mongolian Sovereign" by David Valdez

Stimley-Blue Ridge Neighborhood Library - "Encantadora" by Erica Medrano

Henington-Alief Regional Library  - "Principessa" by Monika Pham

Morris Frank Library - "Tomiris" by Diana Alimkhanova

Robinson-Westchase Neighborhood Library - "The Huntress" by Linda Diaz

Jungman Neighborhood Library  - "Orchids Dancing in Moonlight" by Maria Hammond

Looscan Neighborhood Library - "Reborn" by Nicole Kang

Smith Neighborhood Library - "Prado" by Daiane Elert

Scenic Woods Regional Library - "Tessera" by Hong Campos

Central Library 

  • “The Ballerina” by Erica Medrano
  • “Blue Rhythm” by Jing Cao
  • “Iconic Ingénue” by David Valdez
  • “La Vie en Rose” by Inge Duran
  • “The Cate” by Teresa Rangel
  • “Black Rose” by Shanda Phillips
  • “Oscar de la Ruffles” by Ebonie Sophus
  • “Garden Wedding in Seville” by Maria Hammond

Meet the Designers!

Exhibit Kick-Off with Fashion Designer Panel
Sunday, August 19, 2018 | 2 PM - 4 PM
Central Library | 1st Floor Gallery