Oscar de la Renta was one of the world’s leading fashion designers. Famous for his women’s evening wear and suits, his line is distinctly modern yet feminine.
Born on July 22, 1932, in the Dominican Republic. At the age of 18, he left the Caribbean to study painting in Madrid. Enticed by fashion, he switched his focus and quickly became one of the most sought-after names in haute couture. Oscar de la Renta was raised alongside six sisters in a middle-class household in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. At the age of 18, he left the Caribbean island to study painting at the Academy of San Fernando in Madrid. While in Spain, he dreamed of becoming an abstract painter but instead became wooed by the world of fashion design. His obvious talent for illustration opened doors for him, and he quickly landed an apprenticeship with Spain’s most renowned couturier, Cristobal Balenciaga.
In 1961, while on vacation in Paris, he was hired for his first real fashion job at Lanvin-Castillo. Within two years, he had moved to New York and joined the American design house of Elizabeth Arden. Firm in his footing, he began his own signature ready-to-wear label in 1965.