The designer, Oscar de la Renta, who is famous for dressing First ladies (Jackie Kennedy, Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton), A-list stars (Amy adams, Sandra Bullock and Jessica Biel), and “ladies who lunch”, has passed away yesterday at 82. His elegant collections were best known for their exquisite red carpet gowns and evening wear.
Born in the Dominican Republic in 1932, de la Renta moved to Madrid at 18 to study painting. After discovering fashion, he landed an apprenticeship with Spain’s most renowned couturier, Cristóbal Balenciaga whom he considered his mentor. Later, de la Renta left Spain to join Antonio del Castillo as a couture assistant at Lanvin in Paris. In the early 1960’s de la Renta became internationally well known after catching the eye of Jacqueline Kennedy, then first lady, who repeatedly donned many of his designs. The name recognition aided in launching his own label in 1965.
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 — his latest bridal gown (absolutely beautiful) was worn by Amal Alamuddin at her wedding to George Clooney.
Always known for being a gentleman, charming with a generous and warm personality, he knew how to make women feel and look radiant! Oscar, you will be missed.
View Oscar de la Renta’s last collection, RTW Spring 2015, here.