Oscar De La RentaVisionary Fashion Designer

One of the world’s leading fashion designers. Famous for his women’s evening wear and suits, his line is distinctly modern yet feminine. The legendary fashion designer dressed some of the most famous women in the world.

Óscar Arístides Renta Fiallo, (1932 – 2014) known professionally as, Oscar de la Renta was a Dominican world-renown fashion designer. He was raised alongside six sisters in a middle-class household in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He first gained prominence in the 1960’s when he was appointed as one of the couturiers to dress Jackie Kennedy, who is a style icon in her own right.

Oscar de la Renta’s designs have been worn by a diverse group of distinguished women and celebrities. After launching his eponymous line in 1965, the designer developed successful bridal, fragrance and home-ware collections that established his reputation as one of the most successful and respected designers in the industry.






Name     Óscar  De la Renta

Citizenship   American, Dominican

Location  Dominican Republic


Skills

Painting and Drawing

At the age of 18, Oscar de la Renta left the Caribbean island to study painting at the Academy of San Fernando in Madrid. For extra money, he drew clothes for newspapers and fashion houses.

Designer

Francesca Lodge, the wife of John Davis Lodge, the U.S. Ambassador to Spain, saw some of Oscar de la Renta dress sketches, and commissioned him to design a gown for her daughter. The dress appeared on the cover of Life magazine.

Sketching and couture assistant

Oscar de la Renta began sketching for leading Spanish fashion houses, which soon led to an apprenticeship with Spain's most renowned couturier, Cristóbal Balenciaga.

House of Balmain

From 1993 to 2002, 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.


Education

1950

Academy of San Fernando in Madrid.

At 18, Oscar de la Renta studied painting in Spain at the Academy of San Fernando in Madrid. For extra money, he drew clothes for newspapers and fashion houses. He was hired as an apprentice by Spanish fashion genius, Cristobal Balenciaga, who became his mentor.


1961

Couture assistant

In 1961, de la Renta left Spain to join Antonio del Castillo as a couture assistant at Lanvin in Paris.


1963 - 1965

Designer

De la Renta worked for Arden for two years in New York City. He then worked for Jane Derby, an American fashion house. When Derby died in August 1965, de la Renta took over the label.



Qualifications

1967 - 1968

Awards and Recognition

For many impeccable couture designs, fragrances, accessories and home-ware, Oscar de Renta was honored with many awards which include: the Coty Award,(the U.S. fashion industry "Oscars") and was inducted into the Coty Hall of Fame. The Dominican Republic also honored him with - the Order of Merit of Duarte, Sánchez and Mella and the Order of Christopher Columbus.


1973 - 1988

Awards

From 1973 to 1976, and from 1986 to 1988, Oscar de la Renta served as President of the CFDA. He is also a two-time winner of the American Fashion Critic's Award, and was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1973.


1990 -

Honors and Recognitions

In February 1990, Oscar de la Renta was honored with the CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award. King Juan Carlos of Spain bestowed him with two awards, the Gold Medal of Bellas Artes and the La Gran Cruz de la Orden del Mérito Civil. The French government honored him with the Légion d'honneur as a Commandeur.


2000 - 2002

Designer Awards

In 2000 and 2007, he received the Council of Fashion Designers of the Year Awards. The designer created uniforms for the Dominican Republic’s police force and launched his new furniture line in 2002 and in the following year, de Renta received the Marymount University’s Designer of the Year Award.


2014 - 2017

International recognition

De la Renta's talents received continual international recognition. In 2014, de la Renta was the recipient of the Carnegie Hall Medal of Excellence. In 2017, de la Renta was honored by the United States Postal Service with an eleven stamp series, featuring a black and white photo of him and ten details from his fashion designs.


Experience


1988 - 1989

CFDA Awards in 1988

Fashion Designer Awards
The CFDA Fashion Awards, which honors excellence in fashion design, has been called "the Oscars of fashion" Audrey Hepburn and Oscar de la Renta attended the 1989 Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.


1973 - 1975

Designer

President of the CFDA
In 1973, de Renta became the President of the CFDA and was inducted in the Coty Hall of Fame. He was one of the five designers to represent America at the Versailles fashion show. De Renta designed uniforms and interiors for Casa de Campo. In 1975, he designed Tortuga Bay Hotel in Punta Cana and in 1976, his ‘OSCAR’ fragrance made its debut in the fashion market.


1963 - 1965

Arden

Young Designer
In 1963, de la Renta made his debut with the brand Elizabeth Arden and one of his designs was taken up by Helmut Newton for the following year’s American Vogue edition. De la Renta proceeded to work for Arden for two years in New York City before he went to work for Jane Derby, an American fashion house with a 33 percent stake in the company in 1965. When Derby died in August 1965, de la Renta took over the label. The same year heiress Anne Ford wore his embroidered, ermine-edged wedding dress.


1962

Founders Award

Award
Oscar de la Renta was honored with the Founders Award, given in honor of Eleanor Lambert, who founded the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 1962. Hillary Clinton presented him with the honor.


1960

Working at Lanvin in Paris

Couture assistant
His first full-time job was at Paris-based Lanvin, were he began honing his skills as couture assistant in 1960 before launching his namesake line in 1965.


Projects


1977 - 2002

Fragrance - OSCAR

In 1977, de la Renta launched his fragrance, OSCAR, followed by an accessories line in 2001 and a homewares line in 2002. The new business venture included 100 home furnishings.


1982 -

Philanthropist

In 1982, Oscar de la Renta founded the Casa del Niño orphanage in La Romana. He contributed extensively in the construction of a much needed school near his home at the Punta Cana Resort and Club in Punta Cana.


2004

'Oscar' line

In 2004, Oscar de la Renta added a less expensive line of clothing called 'Oscar.' De la Renta said he wanted to attract new customers whom he could not reach before.


2006

Tortuga Hotel - Puntacana Resort and Club

In 2006, de la Renta designed Tortuga Bay, a boutique hotel at Puntacana Resort and Club, part of the leading luxury hotel collection.


2012

Couture Council Honors

Couture Council honors Oscar de la Renta at a luncheon that drew 1,000 guests, the designer was given the council's Award for Artistry.





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