My apologies for the radio silence but sometimes life just gets in the way. Today’s post is all about a designer that most women adored for years because of his incredible talent when it came to wedding gowns. Along with that he has been known to a favourite among the red carpet regulars and we will take a look at some of the famous women he has dressed through out his career. He may no longer be with us but his legacy is long reigning and he will forever be an iconic fashion designer..
Let’s take a quick look at…
Oscar de la Renta
Oscar de la Renta, was born in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Repblic, in 1932. At the age of 18, he left his home to study painting at the Academy of San Fernando in Madrid but instead became enticed by the world of fashion design.
His talents earned him the opportunity to intern for Cristóbal Balenciaga and Antonio del Castillo. In 1963, Oscar turned to the then editor-in-chief of Vogue, Diana Vreeland for advice, he was determined to work to work in ready-to-wear because he knew that was where the money was made. Vreeland is quoted as having responded saying, “Then go to (Elizabeth) Arden because you will make your reputation faster. She is not a designer, so she will promote you. At the other place, you will always be eclipsed by the name of Dior.”
He then proceeded to do so and went on to work for Arden for two years in New York before leaving to work for Jane Derby, an American fashion house. After Derby’s death in August 1965, Oscar took over the label. He first used the label “Oscar de la Renta for Jane Derby,” but in 1966 he changed it to his name. In 1974, he took control of the whole business and went on to create his name from there.
During the same time, from 1973 to 1976, and 1986 to 1988 he was president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. He launched the prestigious CFDA Awards, replacing the Coty American Fashion Critics’ Awards.
While running his own house, from 1993 to 2002, Oscar was the haute couture collection designer for the house of Balmain. This made him the first Dominican to design for a French couture house. Later in 2006, the Oscar de la Renta label expanded into bridal wear, after having included home ware in 2002.
Oscar’s designs have been worn by a diverse group of distinguished women and celebrities. His brand has been ever expanding with international wholesale growth beginning in 2003, under the direction of CEO Alex Bolen.
Oscar’s ready-to-wear designs are available in his retail stores, online, and with select wholesale partners worldwide.
On October 14 2014, the designer appointed Peter Copping as his successor at his eponymous label. Sadly and somewhat ironically, he passed away a week later on the 20th of October after a long battle with cancer, at the age of 82.
Oscar has dressed many famous women, spanning as far back as the 1960’s…
There are a multitude of other famous women that this legend has dressed and it is heart breaking to know that he truly never will be able to do so again. His legacy will always live on and his work will always be celebrated.
“We’re dealing with sophisticated customers. What’s most important to these women is individuality. I have to create things she’ll want to wear, no matter who she is.”
~ Oscar de la Renta