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Centro León inaugurates the exhibition Ser Oscar de la Renta

The exhibition on the life and work of the Dominican designer will be open to the public until April of 2020 in the facilities of the León Center, in Santiago.

Santiago de los Caballeros, 21 of November of 2019.- Eduardo León Jimenes Foundation, Centro León and Grupo Puntacana inaugurated the exhibition Be Oscar de la Renta, in homage to the admired Dominican designer, in an event that was attended by family members and representatives of the fashion design firm created by this universal Dominican.

“Today the León Center is Oscar de la Renta, inviting everyone who passes through here, to know the legacy of a man out of series, a man who knew how to interpret his culture and could go structuring it along with the cultures he was knowing, becoming a citizen of the world, from the world, and for the world, ”said María Amalia León de Jorge, president of the Eduardo León Jimenes Foundation.

Haydée Kuret de Rainieri, representing the Puntacana Group, said that this exhibition is not just about the famous and international Oscar, artist, who could exchange with kings or first ladies, presidents, celebrities. "It's also about that Oscar that people loved, shared, enjoyed being Dominican: he prided himself on being Dominican."

“Oscar was essentially Dominican. He, in his professional life, went to France, to Spain. His fashion creations took him several times to Russia, especially along the Silk Road. Wherever he was, no matter how far he was, he was never far from here, ”said Alex Bolen, CEO of Oscar de la Renta.

Fashion, philanthropy and dominicanity

The exhibition, which is framed in the Great Masters program of the León Center, takes place in five space moments that show the different dimensions of Oscar de la Renta, as a human being and as a professional of the arts. These spaces are: Oscar is celebrated; Oscar Renta Fiallo is Oscar de la Renta; In the workshop everything is inspiration; I'm just an island boy: Oscar is transnational, and Essences of a legacy: Being Oscar de la Renta.

In the Temporary Exhibition Hall of the León Center, 50 exhibits original designer dresses. Some created for international figures such as Hillary Rodham Clinton, Laura Bush, Barbara Pierce Bush, Sarah Jessica Parker, Oprah Winfrey and Taylor Swift. And others created for Dominican personalities close to the designer.

Likewise, the exhibition integrates documents and documentary objects, personal photographs of the designer, 60 covers of magazines and books, videos with interviews with family members, personalities of art and culture linked to Oscar de la Renta, cameras and accessories of the Eduardo Collection León Jimenes de Etnografía and works of art from own collections and loaned from private collections and national and international institutions.

This exhibition project has had the collaboration of prestigious institutions, among others: The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The MET), Kent State University Museum (KSUM), George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, Fashion Institute of Technology, Young Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, The Estate of Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos, Bellapart Museum, Fernando Peña Defilló Museum and General Archive of the Nation.

Essences and flavors

In its purpose of showing all facets of Oscar de la Renta's life, the exhibition also includes an essences laboratory that will allow visitors to live a sensory experience with the aromas related to Oscar de la Renta in the production of perfumes .

Also, the exhibition will feature the educational program Meet Oscar de la Renta. In different places of the institution you will find a variety of educational devices accessible to different audiences, such as: visitor guide for general public, families and teachers, as well as other materials to enrich the experience in the room.

Meanwhile, the Centro León cafeteria will address designer preferences in Dominican cuisine, both in its menu and in a selection of watercolors inspired by these Dominican dishes displayed on its walls.

This exhibition project is sponsored by: Grupo Puntacana, Cervecería Nacional Dominicana, Citi Private Bank, Banco Popular Dominicano, Editora Listín Diario, International Visa, Cibao International Airport, Synergies Corporation, Fundación Propagas and Excel.

The León Center informed that people and groups interested in participating in guided tours for the exhibition can book through the website: centroleon.org.do.

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