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Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta was born in 1932, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. When he was 18, he went to Madrid, Spain to study abstract painting at the Academia de San Fernando. While at school, de la Renta became interested in sketching and designing fashion wear. His work caught the eye of Spain's leading fashion houses, which led to an apprenticeship at Spain's most renowned couturier, Cristobal Balenciaga.

In 1961, de la Renta left Spain and went to Paris to work as a couture assistant at the House of Lavin. There, he became well known for his designs of luxurious evening wear, beautiful dresses, and other fashionable attair.

In 1963, de la Renta moved to New York where he worked for Elizabeth Arden, designing clothing for her ready to wear couture collection. He left Elizabeth Arden in 1965 and went to work for Jane Derby. In 1969, he took over the company, gave it his own name, and launched his own eponymous ready to wear collection.

During the 1960's, Oscar de la Renta created some of the most extravagant and witty, yet tasteful, designs in clothing, especially his Gypsy collection. Many of his designs were theme based with abstract art prints, oriental styled evening wear, printed denims, and exotic flamenco dresses, while using elaborate fabrics and embroideries.

During they 1970's, de la Renta's day clothes designs were made more casual, although he kept his tradition of close fitting waists and a deep V-neckline. He was inducted into the Coty Hall of Fame in 1973. From 1973 to 1976, De La Renta served as president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and was a two time winner of the Coty American Fashion Critic's Award.

In 1977, Oscar de la Renta launched his first perfume called Oscar, which is still one of the his best selling fragrances.

In 1980, he launched his first men's cologne called Pour Lui. From 1986 to 1988, Oscar de la Renta served again as President of the CFDA.

In February 1990, he was honored with the CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award and won the 1991 Fragrance Foundation Perennial Success Award.

With his spring 1993 collection for the house of Pierre Balmain, de la Renta became the first American to design for a French couture house and was awarded the French Legion d’Honneur as a Commandeur.

In 1995, de la Renta was given the Living Legend Award from the American Society of Perfumes and in 2000, he received the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Women's Wear Designer of the Year Award.

In 200l, de la Renta launched Oscar De La Renta Accessories, which included jewelry, handbags, belts, shoes, ballroom dresses, fragrances, furs, leather accessories, and scarves. He was honored in with the CFDA award and he was also honored in New York with a plaque in his name on the Fashion Walk of Fame.

The Oscar de la Renta collections include a high end sportswear collection (OSCAR by Oscar de la Renta), eyewear, cosmetic cases, lingerie, sleepwear, swim wear and his brands include collections of suits, sport coats, jackets, ties, hosiery, blazers, jeans, and trousers for men. Oscar de la Renta also has a collection of home furnishings.

Oscar de la Renta’s talents continually receive national, as well as international, recognition.
In the United States, he has flagship stores in New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Boston.


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