Contemplating the 50 ensembles showcased in The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta at The Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina, is sure to prompt a feeling of uncertainty.

You can’t help wondering…which one of the luxe, colorful, and extravagant fashions by the late, great designer is your favorite?

The ruffled evening gown in rich, carnation red that Beyoncé wore on the cover of Vogue? Or perhaps the blush-pink evening dress with the lavish back bow Taylor Swift chose for the Metropolitan Museum of Art gala?

Vogue magazine featured Beyoncé wearing this fiery-red gown on its cover.

Vogue magazine featured Beyoncé wearing this fiery-red gown on its cover.

Fashion as art 

From the outset of his stellar and award-winning career, Oscar de la Renta (who died in 2014) designed beautiful clothes for every occasion in a woman’s life. The artful creations in this exhibition range from elegant day wear to resplendent evening gowns, and represent three themes that influenced his work: gardens, Spain, and Eastern Europe.

Taylor Swift wore this elegant blush-pink gown to the Metropolitan Museum of Art gala

Taylor Swift wore this elegant blush-pink gown to the Metropolitan Museum of Art gala

André Leon Talley, former editor-at-large at Vogue and a lifelong friend of de la Renta, curated the show. He sourced the fabulous frocks from de la Renta’s personal archives, the archives of French label Pierre Balmain, private lenders, and The Mint’s own fashion collection.

Strolling through the galleries is akin to peeking into the closets of de la Renta’s famous clientele, which included celebrities, First Ladies, business leaders, aristocrats, politicians, socialites, and media.

The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta at the Mint Museum Randolph is on view until August 19th, on display in a building from 1836 that originally was the first branch of the U.S. Mint.

On second thought, any quandary about which ensemble is your favorite is easily resolved. It’s all of them.

Ensembles by Oscar de la Renta evoke the opulence of Imperialist Russia.

Ensembles by Oscar de la Renta evoke the opulence of Imperialist Russia


What’s appealing to the over-50 luxury traveler?

  • Oscar de la Renta was considered to be among the world’s greatest fashion designers.
  • The exhibition offers a visual feast of envy-inducing day wear and evening gowns.
  • The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta features several pieces not seen in previous museum exhibitions of the fashion designer’s work.
  • Mint Museum Randolph is located in a park-like setting in Charlotte’s upscale Eastover neighborhood.

Take note

  • Not just for women – men as well will appreciate Oscar de la Renta’s craftsmanship and artistry.
  • Overhead lighting is purposely subdued to protect delicate fabrics from fraying and fading, while strategically positioned spotlights accent the ensembles.

Be sure to get the whole scoop on The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de La Renta at The Mint Museum on The Roads Traveled!

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Disclosure: The author participated in a media tour of the exhibition at The Mint Museum.


All photo credits: Mary Gilbert


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