Visitng Oscar

I had the privilege of attending a blogger luncheon yesterday at the Clinton Presidential Center to tour the Oscar de la Renta exhibit celebrating five decades of his work. The exhibit features over 30 gorrrrrgeous pieces he created and walks you through his inspiration from around the world.

What amazed me were the details on his clothing. Every piece was flawlessly constructed with gorgeous hand beading, lace, bows, even flowers made out of tiny pink feathers. Oscar takes his inspiration from cultures spanning the globe, and the collections reflect that.

I'm gonna go ahead and go out on a limb here and say the best part is not just seeing the dresses, but finding out who wore them. There's an entire wall of dresses seen on Hollywood starlets (clearly, the sparkles above) and a collection of pieces the First Lady wore. Hillary Clinton was the first First Lady featured on the cover of Vogue - Oscar's suggestion! He also apparently is the master mind behind her pant suits.

 Now, I didn't want to give away the whole exhibit just in case you wanted to see it for yourself! It's going to be at the Clinton Library through December 1st and is free with admission to the Library. And no, they won't let you try anything on. Bummer! After you've finished drooling, make sure you head downstairs to Forty Two and try the grilled pimento cheese...heaven!

And for my non-Arkansas readers, here's at least one full length photo for you (credit : Nelson Chenault/Clinton Foundation)

 Honestly, the exhibit was inspiring. I was blown away by the craftsmanship and the stories behind his pieces. The seamstress in me wanted to get on the inside of the gowns and check out the serging and hand-stitching. I own two ready-to-wear pieces from Oscar's lower end lines (a black and white coat and a dressing robe) but if I ever need a red carpet look, I know where to make the splurge. Also, huge thanks to Joy and Clinton Center for inviting me to come out. If Oscar's people decide they don't want to ship all of this stuff back to him, you know where to find me.