Óscar Arístides de la Renta Fiallo (July 22, 1932 – October 20, 2014) was a Dominican fashion designer. Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, De la Renta was trained by Cristóbal Balenciaga and Antonio del Castillo; he became internationally known in the 1960s as one of the couturiers to dress Jacqueline Kennedy.
An award-winning designer, he worked for Lanvin and Balmain; his eponymous fashion house continues to dress leading figures, from film stars to royalty, into the 2010s. De la Renta is particularly known for his red carpet gowns and evening wear.
a taste of his talent:
In 1963, de la Renta turned to Diana Vreeland, the editor-in-chief of Vogue for advice, saying that what he really wanted was to "get into ready to wear, because that's where the money is". Vreeland replied, "Then go to 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." De la Renta proceeded to work for Arden for two years before he in 1965 went to work for Jane Derby and launched his own label. When Derby died in August 1965 Oscar de la Renta took over the label.
From 1993 to 2002, Oscar de la Renta designed the haute couture collection for the house of Balmain, becoming the first Dominican to design for a French couture house.
Oscar de la Renta designs worn by distinguished women and celebrities.
In the 1960s he told Palm Beach Daily News: 'I design clothes for women to wear. I am not interested in shock tactics. I just want to make beautiful clothes.'
After the mini skirt trend of the 60s, Oscar de le Renta decided to champion long skirts, a move which upset some fashion fans. His response? 'I’ve made a fashion statement - long skirts. If I am a fashion authority, which I am, it would be stupid for me to turn back now.'
In 2006 Oscar de la Renta launched a bridal collection. He said: 'My designs are known for their beautiful ornamentation, details, fabrics, and embroideries - which are never more important than on a wedding dress.'
The Oscar de la Renta brand saw international wholesale growth beginning in 2003, under the direction of CEO Alex Bolen, from five to seventy five locations. De la Renta's ready-to-wear designs are available in his retail stores, online, and with select wholesale partners worldwide.
....and as oscar said,: "walk like you have three men walking behind you"
r.i.p. dear Oscar.