10.21.2014

DESIGN LEGEND OSCAR DE LA RENTA HAS DIED AT 82


Oscar de la Renta, a fashion designer whose gowns have been a staple at red-carpet events, died Monday at 82, a spokesman for his wife confirmed.

Óscar Arístides de la Renta Fiallo (July 22, 1932 – October 20, 2014) was a Dominican American fashion designer. Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, De la Renta was trained by Cristóbal Balenciaga and Antonio del Castillo, he became internationally known in the 1960s as one of the couturiers to dress Jacqueline Kennedy.

 
An award-winning designer, he worked for Lanvin and Balmain; his eponymous fashion house continues to dress leading figures, from film stars to royalty, into the 2010s. De la Renta is particularly known for his red carpet gowns and evening wear.


Nearly every first lady in modern history, including Betty Ford, Nancy Reagan, Laura Bush, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Michelle Obama have worn his designs. Vogue Editor Anna Wintour was also a big proponent of his designs, which she wears often. READ MORE


Wilhelmina in ruffled oval cape in cherry red silk 
by Oscar de la Renta for Jane Derby, 
photo by Penn for Vogue, 1965

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