The glass bead appliqué on this jacket by Oscar de la Renta suggests an elaborate coral reef. Coral reefs are unique ecosystems; a major one is located in the Caribbean, where de la Renta grew up.
The designer’s fondness for coral is evidenced by the name of his Dominican republic a state: Corales. The jacket is part of a suit made of linen and silk, embroidered with red glass beads.
Photographed at the Museum at FIT as part of the 2017 Exhibit, Force of Nature.