Wednesday, September 25, 2013

OSCAR DE LA RENTA I'm so proud of you, my Fellow Dominican (RIP 1932-2014)

Oscar de la Renta was born on July 22, 1932, in the Dominican Republic. Coming from a very affluent family, with lawyers, poets, and other entrepreneur.
At the age of 18 he left the Dominican Republic to study in madrid - Spain, where he studied painting 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. Later, de la Renta left Spain to join Antonio Castillo as a couture assistant at Lanvin in Paris
His first real fashion job
. He saw an opportunity in fashion and soon he switched his focus and quickly became one of the most sought-after names in haute couture. His flattering and feminine pieces continue to inspire women all around the world.
On a Personal Note:
He's been married Twice, Wife Numero Uno, was Francoise de Langlade, an editor-in-chief of French Vogue, in 1967. Francoise introduced her husband to some of the most influential members of fashion society and invited many of the rich and famous to his shows. His line—identified by its delicate silk prints, use of ruffles, soft silhouettes and vibrant palette—soon became synonymous with casual luxury. Women of means couldn’t get enough of his distinctly modern yet romantic looks, and for those who couldn’t afford his gowns, he offered a scent. His first perfume debuted in 1977. Sadly His wife Francoise died in 1983 of bone cancer. Shortly after her death, he adopted a son he found in an orphanage in his native country. De la Renta married for a second time in 1990, to philanthropist and socialite Annette Engelhard Reed. Respected by his contemporaries, de la Renta served as president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America from 1973 to 1976, and from 1986 to 1988. 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." Elizabeth Arden (Yes, Red Door Lady Open her doors to him)
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. In 2006, the Oscar de la Renta label diversified into bridal wear.
Oscar de la Renta has had the distinct honor of having his designs worn by a diverse group of distinguished women First Lady's like : Jackeline Kennedy , Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush and tons of celebrities love to wear his gown on the red carpet. De la Renta's ready-to-wear designs are available in his retail stores, online, and with select wholesale partners worldwide.


Oscar de la Renta has died, (October 20th, 2014 )  he was 82 years old. 
In the Fashion Industry he will  be remember as the "Sultan of Suave" and how he made women feel unique and beautiful with his designs. 
Dominican Republic will always be proud of how he carried the country's name with his talent wherever he went, 

RIP Oscar de la Renta 

Source/Photos: Various Online Sites, Mari-Claire, Wikipedia,,OscarPrgirl.

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