The Famous Designer Oscar de la Renta - a Creator of Timeless Jewelry

The fashion designer Oscar de la Renta is a legend, his clothes and jewelry have defined elegance for generations, and were a must-have for many Hollywood stars and first ladies.

Specialized in European luxury tailoring, Oscar de la Renta worked until the end of his life, in 2014, at the age of 82. His last creation was the wedding dress of human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin, who married the famous Hollywood star George Clooney in Venice.

Being one of the most eminent designers in the world, his dresses and jewelry were worn by the first American ladies such as Jacqueline Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton, and Laura Bush, as well as by movie stars such as Sarah Jessica Parker.

Oscar de la Renta was one of America's most eminent designers, one of the greatest fashion symbols of all time.
 

The story of Oscar de la Renta


Born on July 22, 1932, in the Dominican Republic, Oscar left his home in Renta to study in Madrid and work as a disciple of Cristobal Balenciaga.

In 1960 he moved to France to become an assistant at Lanvin in Paris, where he became part of the Haute Couture world, then moved to the United States to work for Elizabeth Arden.

Oscar de la Renta created his logo in 1965 and over the decades has become one of New York's most acclaimed designers. He created clothes and jewelry of everlasting elegance and complexity, that have been loved by generations of women.

La Renta has twice been chairman of the American Council of Fashion Designers and has been honored with a number of awards.

In his five-decade career, de la Renta has seen his company grow into a multi-million dollar empire that includes clothing, perfumes, jewelry, a casual clothing line, and a wedding collection, which he launched in 2006.

He married twice, first in 1967 to Francoise de Langlade, a French Vogue editor, and in 1989, six years after her death, he married Annette Reed, an American philanthropist.

Oscar de la Renta was popular and charismatic


Oscar de la Renta has built close relationships with other colleagues in the fashion industry such as famous designers Karl Lagerfeld (representing the House of Chanel) and John Galliano, whom he invited to spend time in his workshop after his career collapsed due to an anti-Semitic remark.

"Everyone in life needs a second chance. I think life involves forgiving and helping people," Oscar de la Renta said at the time.

In an interview with New York Magazine, the designer assessed his career and changes in the fashion world.

"It's incredible that when I came to New York, women couldn't wear a pair of pants to a restaurant. I would have liked men to achieve in the last 100 years what women have achieved in the last 50 years. I'm sorry to say, but we're really stupid", Oscar de la Renta remarked.