Photo by Jeff Cravotta
The Mint Museum Auxiliary and Wells Fargo Private Bank for the successful launch of the publication Oscar de la Renta: Fashion and Design at the Mint Museum at last night’s inaugural Fall EnrichMINT Forum: A Passion for Fashion. This evening was culmination of countless hours of dedicated volunteers who organized the 2011 Room to Bloom Celebration and last night’s incredible event.  Jack Alexander, the producer of the Oscar de la Renta Runway Experience, entertained guests with his candid and hilarious remarks about what it takes to pull off an extraordinary event as he did in Charlotte last spring.  100% of the proceeds from the sale of this book go directly back to the Mint Museum. Books are available at the Mint Museum Gift Shop.
The Debonair Mr. de la Renta
Photo courtesy of Oscar de la Renta, Ltd.


Kathleen V. Jameson, Ph.D, President and CEO of the Mint Museum introduces the publication with“Fashion, like art, reflects life and the world around us.  It is a universal art form that offers compelling insight into our shared passion for beauty, adornment, and identity.  And fashion, of course, draws people together.”
This was certainly the case last April where the 2011 Room to Bloom Celebration featured all things Oscar. It included a once in a lifetime fashion show with the legendary designer himself, an exhibition of locally owned Oscar gowns, and a Decorative Arts Symposium with Interior Design Icon Miles Redd, Creative Director for Oscar de la Renta Home. The limited edition book chronicles all of the events and festivities from last spring with behind the scene details, fabulous fashion shots and wonderful editorial history on Oscar, the Mint Museum and the Auxiliary. Because of the efforts of all of the incredibly talented women chairing these events and the generosity of the sponsors and guests, the Auxiliary raised a record breaking $400,000.


Miles Redd

Courtesy of Jeff Palmer

“Creativity comes from having a dream and keeping your eyes open”…This quote from Mr. de la Renta opens the book alongside one of his famous dress sketches and summarizes his aesthetic.  For more than six decades, Oscar has been creating works of art that make women feel absolutely beautiful. As Barbara Black says in her book Oscar, “The good manners, the charm, that fantastic Latin quality he focuses on you , make you feel you’ve suddenly turned into a combination of Sophia Loren and Grace Kelly.”

Photo by Jeff Cravotta

The Mint Museum’s Fashionable Dress Collection was created by the Auxiliary in 1972. The Collection includes nearly 10,000 pieces and covers three centuries of fashion history. The funds generated by the Auxiliary have touched every area of the Mint Museum’s permanent collection.

Photo courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar


This celadon silk faille gown with pink carnation embroidery with pink silk faille ruched bolero came from the Spring 2011 Collection. This was intended to be a gift from the Mint Museum Auxiliary to the Mint’s Costume Collection in honor of the 2011 Room to Bloom Celebration and the 40th Anniversary of the Historic Costume and Fashionable Dress Collection. Mr. de la Renta generously donated this iconic dress to the Collection after his visit to the Queen City.
Dress donated by Jay Everette
in honor of The Mint Auxiliary
This red silk gown with colorful ruffle detail was from one of his collections of the 1990s. This dress is part of the Mint Museum’s Costume Collection purchased by Jay Everette in honor of the Mint Museum Auxiliary.
My lovely dates
Photo courtesy of the bartender!
Many thanks to Duke Energy for lighting the night in honor of the Fall EnrichMINT Forum: A Passion for Fashion. This will become an annual fundraising event for the Auxiliary focusing on Art Education. Stay tuned for next year!
The Duke Energy Building
illuminated in honor of the event

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