Oscar de la Renta: The Gala Dinner

Paola Rainieri, Francesca Raineri, Mary Beth Shimmon and Katie Traina

Dede Wilsey, President of Fine Arts Museums, San Francisco, met Oscar de la Renta in 1963, when he was the head designer for Elizabeth Arden in New York. A lifelong friendship and client relationship was born. In 1995, she asked her friend to present his collection at the annual League to Save Lake Tahoe fashion show, a popular summer event and a post left vacant by Bill Blass. Oscar reluctantly agreed, and he participated in the show every year until he passed in 2014. On his final visit to Lake Tahoe in 2014, Dede asked Oscar if he would allow the de Young Museum to feature his work in a retrospective. Ever careful of ostentatious behavior, the designer was already, at the time, featured in a retrospective at the George W. Bush Library in Dallas, and another at Savannah College of Art and Design, was in the works. However, Dede’s wishes prevailed and he finally agreed. Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective opened with a gala dinner for some 355 supporters on March 9, 2016. “I’ve never seen so many Oscars in one room,” said Dede.

Scenes from Oscar de la Renta: The Gala Dinner at the de Young:


More from the Oscar de la Renta Gala Dinner and exhibition opening: Oscar de la Renta: Would Annette Wear It?