de la Renta, Oscar 1932- Designer. Was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. De la Renta studied at the University of Santo Domingo and the Academia de San Fernando in Madrid, Spain. He originally inteneded to become a abstract painter. He took the first steps in fashion when he designed a gown for the debutante daughter of the US ambassador to Spain which was featured on the cover of Life. Shortly after, de la Renta joined Balenciaga’s couture house in Madrid. in 1961 he went to Paris as an assistant to Antonio del Castillio at the house of Lanvin-Castillo. Two years later he jumped over to Elizabeth Arden’s couture and ready-to wear salon in New York. In 1965, de la Renta moved to Jane Derby and on her retirement that same year he established his own business. He gained recognition in the 1960’s for a designer of extravagant, opulent, yet tasteful clothes. Over the following years de la Renta has established himself as a couture and ready-to wear designer of positive, vibrant dresses, coats, suits and daywear. He is most known for his creation of the coctail dresses and formal gowns which many celebrities and first ladies have worn in the past.
Enjoy the pictures and illustrations below from some of his collections.