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Oscar de la Renta Exhibits Winter ’96 Collection In Israel

May 2, 1995 GMT

BEN GURION AIRPORT, Israel (AP) _ Oscar de la Renta took the elaborate wool plaids and shimmering sequins of his Winter ’96 collection to a hanger outside Tel Aviv, where models stepped down from an El Al airplane onto a runway.

The Dominican-born designer said he jumped at the offer by Leah Rabin, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s wife, to hold the first foreign showing of his collection in Israel. The collection was unveiled last month in New York.

``It is a very, very important time to be in Israel because of the peace process that is taking place,″ de la Renta told reporters Monday. ``I feel very honored that I am here.″

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The body-hugging collection shown Monday ranged from dress suits to evening wear.

Israeli models, appearing shaky on stiletto heels, showed off fur-collared dress coats from deep bronze to black, while silky fabrics clung like second skins in bold pomegranate, rich royal blue and hot pink.

A multicolored sequined gown, with spaghetti straps and an open back, was unexpectedly embellished when the model turned to reveal a tattoo on her right shoulder.

Proceeds from the sold-out show were going to the children’s wing at Tel Aviv’s Tel Hashomer Hospital.

Reflecting the new opportunities of peace, de la Renta’s next stop was Amman, the capital of Jordan, which made peace with Israel in October. The visit comes after an invitation from Jordan’s American-born Queen Noor.

Boaz Mazur, de la Renta’s Israeli-born assistant of 20 years, said the show in Tel Aviv was ``special because we are going to Jordan from here.″

``I never dreamed it possible,″ he said.