Oscar De La Renta, Iconic Fashion Designer Dies


Oscar De la Renta, the master of haute couture, adored for his charm and revered for his technique, finally succumb to a decade long battle with cancer yesterday evening, Monday October 20. He was discovered at a young age back in 1956, when he was commissioned by the US ambassador to Spain, to design a debutante dress for her daughter. A photo of the dress made the cover of Life magazine and shortly after Oscar de la Renta was under the tutor-ledge of Cristobal Balenciaga, then at Lanvin in Paris as a couture assistant under Antonio Castillo.

De la Renta was born on July 22 1932 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, the only son of seven children to an influential Dominican-Puerto Rican family. His talent was so much so, that he quickly rose to the top of American fashion, becoming a key talent in the industry. Oscar De la Renta's credits included Hillary Clinton, Jacqueline Kennedy, Betty Ford, Nancy Reagan, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama. Yep! Every first lady since Jacqueline Kennedy, and recently George Clooney's bride Amal Alamuddin.

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The fashion powerhouse Oscar De la Renta, was launched in 1965 and forever changed the face of fashion. Oscar's creativity lead him into the bridal, fragrance, children and home line industries. As a designer whose chic collection can be found in every socialite's wardrobe, he achieved legendary standards and amassed more awards than any other in his lifetime.

The Oscar De la Renta brand changes guard

The ready-to-wear brand last week, October 13,  announced Peter Copping as the new creative director, and he is set to showcase his first collection in New York in February. In a statement about the new appointment De la Renta said,

Our industry has not always done the best job when it comes to changes in design leadership. My hope is that, in leading this selection, and actively participating in the transition, I can insure the right design future for our company and brand.

My condolences goes out to the friends and family of Oscar De la Renta. De la Renta we will miss your talent and your charm.