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New Oscar de la Renta Exhibit in Dallas


Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style
at George W. Bush Presidential Center
July 19 - October 5

Oscar de la Renta's Erika Bearman is largely credited for exposing the brand to a new generation of customers via her social media star status (@OscarPRGirl). The fashion-world powerhouse was in town last night to host the preview of Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades Of Style at the Bush Library, where Laura Bush gave the opening remarks. We had a chance to chat with her before taking in the exhibit (pictured below) which opens tomorrow, July 19. You'll swoon over red carpet looks worn by celebs like Amy Adams and Jennifer Garner, gowns on loan from Fort Worth's Mercedes Bass, Jenna Bush Hager's wedding gown, decades of dresses worn by First Ladies and a wall of magazine covers.

Tidbits: What's your favorite part about the exhibition?
Erika: It is just this extraordinary celebration of Oscar’s life and his work - from the art and culture in Spain that captivated him when he was young, to the exceptional women who have worn his clothes throughout the last fifty years. All of the artistry, the workmanship - it’s just incredible.

What's something our readers should look out for?
There is an area of the exhibition dedicated to Oscar’s love of gardens - he is an avid gardener. He knows the scientific name of every plant and flower - it’s amazing, you wouldn’t believe it. 

Favorite spot to visit while in Dallas?
I am actually dying to visit Bikram Yoga Dallas and take a class. 

Favorite Oscar de la Renta look Laura Bush wore while President Bush was in office?
Without a doubt, my favorite look is the winter white dress and coat that Oscar made the First Lady for President Bush’s second inauguration. I remember watching the First Lady on television and thinking it was just the most glamorous thing that I had ever seen.

We've read that you wear at least one Oscar de la Renta piece a day. What are your three favorites?
Navy wide leg trousers - I have a million pairs and they are fantastic. My first Oscar de la Renta coat - hunter green and belted with a fox collar - and a navy taffeta flamenco skirt that I wore on the Coveteur.

You've experimented with platinum locks. Do blondes have more fun? 
Blondes have more hair appointments.

Finish the sentence. A Texas woman's style is...
More is more.

Fall trend you're most excited about. 
Pastel furs.  

One young starlet who's nailed an Oscar de la Renta look recently.
Taylor Swift at the Met [Gala]. Taylor Swift all of the time, actually. 

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