Oscar de la Renta Final Runway Bow: Oscar de la Renta Spring 2014 Collection, NY Fashion Week September 9, 2014
Oscar de la Renta was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, to a Dominican mother of Spanish descent (particularly Canarian), Carmen María Antonia Fiallo, and a Puerto Rican father, Óscar Avelino Renta. The Fiallos were so embedded in Dominican society that they could count poets, scholars, and businessmen as well as top army brass among their members.
Oscar de la Renta with Nati Abascal
At the age of 18, he went to study painting in Spain at the Academy of San Fernando in Madrid. He quickly became interested in the world of fashion design and began sketching for leading Spanish fashion houses, which soon led to an apprenticeship with Spain's most renowned couturier, Cristóbal Balenciaga. He considers Cristóbal Balenciaga his mentor.
Oscar de la Renta and his doggies--photographed by Irving Penn for Vogue Magazine, 1982
Later, de la Renta left Spain to join Antonio del Castillo as a couture assistant at Lanvin in Paris. After returning to NYC, he began his own label in 1965. And the rest, as they say, is history. De la Renta has dressed many a First Lady, Celeb and Socialite. Here's a look back:
First Lady Jackie Kennedy in Oscar de la Renta
First Lady Hillary Clinton in Oscar de la Renta gowns
Former First Lady and U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton presenting Oscar de la Renta with the "Founder's Awards" at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards last year.
Former First Lady Laura Bush in Oscra de la Renta gown
Mrs. George Clooney, Amal Alamuddin in her Oscar de la Renta wedding gown, 2014
Oscar de la Renta with friend and client, Barbara Walters
Oscar de la Renta, Philanthropist (and Fashion Diva!) Brooke Astor and former First Lady Nancy Reagan, in Oscar de la Renta
Oscar de la Renta with former First Lady Nancy Reagan and Barbara Walters, both in his designs
Oscar de la Renta and Oprah Winfrey (wearing a custom design of his)--Met Gala 2010
Sarah Jessica Parker--in a custom Oscar de la Renta ball gown--Met Gala 2014
Oscar de la Renta for the House of Balmain, 1998--Oscar de la Renta was the Creative Director/Designer for the house of Balmain from 1993 to 2002
Oscar de la Renta's designs through the decades:
1980s--Iman in Oscar de la Renta
1980s--Vogue Patterns Magazine
1994 with Naomi Campbell
1991 with Linda Evangelista and Yasmeen Ghauri
Final Collection Spring 2015:
John Galliano to "ghost design" several of the collections and most recently, he appointed British designer Peter Copping,who had designed for Louis Vuitton and Rochas, to head the design atelier. I am sure Copping will take the Oscar de la Renta brand and look of classic, elegant, chic designs to its next page in fashion history.
Adios Oscar de la Renta.