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Oscar de la Renta was a Dominican American fashion designer

InformationDetail
BirthdayJuly 22, 1932
Died onOctober 20, 2014
NationalityAmerican
FamousFashion, Fashion Designers
SpousesAnnette Engelhard, Françoise de Langlade
SiblingsAristides Fiallo Cabral, Fabio Fiallo
Known asÓscar Arístides Renta Fiallo
Childrens Eliza Bolen, Moises de la Renta
Universities
  • Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando
Founder / Co-Founder
  • Casa del Nino orphanage
Birth PlaceDominican Republic
GenderMale
FatherPuerto Rican
MotherMaria Antonia Fiallo
Sun SignCancer
Born inDominican Republic
Famous asFashion Designer
Died at Age82

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Who is Oscar de la Renta?

Oscar Aristides Ortiz de la Renta Fiallo, famously known as Oscar de la Renta, was a Dominican American fashion designer. He belonged to a middle-class family of scholars and was sent to Spain to learn abstract art but soon he developed love for fashion and set forth to achieve success in it. He was trained by Cristobal Balenciaga and Antonio Castillo in Spain, which led his way to work at Lanvin and Christian Dior in Paris. After working with these brands and designers, de Renta wanted to get into ready-to-wear couture and make money, which is why he went to Elizabeth Arden who helped him in making his own name in the business. De Renta was always a hot favorite of Vogue magazine, which called him the “guru of fashion” in its 1970s issue. He dressed many big names in his flattering and feminine designs, like, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, Cindy Crawford, Sarah Jessica Parker, etc. For his beautiful impeccable couture designs, legendary fragrances, heavenly accessories and perfect homeware, de Renta was honored with many awards like, Coty Award, CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award, Fragrance Foundation’s Perennial Success Award, etc.

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Childhood & Early Years

De Renta was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, to a Dominican mother, Maria Antonia Fiallo, and a Puerto Rican father, Oscar Avelino de la Renta. He belonged to a family of poets, scholars, mayors and highly successful individuals.

He was raised in a middle-class environment and his father worked as an insurance agent. At the age of 17, Renta was sent to Spain to Academia de San Fernando. He aspired to become an abstract painter.

De Renta soon entered the fashion world and started designing for major Spanish fashion houses. He was hired as an apprentice by Spanish fashion genius, Cristobal Balenciaga, who became his mentor.

Career

In 1959, de Renta left Spain to assist Antonio Castillo at Lanvin in Paris. He was also recruited by Christian Dior while he was still in Paris. During this time his work was highly influenced by Balenciaga.

He visited New York City in 1962 and while he was at a ball with his friend Count Lanfranco Rasponi, he was offered a job by American fashion designer Elizabeth Arden.

In 1963, he made his debut with the brand Elizabeth Arden and one of his designs was taken up by Helmut Newton for the following year’s American Vogue edition.

Despite the success that he gathered at Elizabeth Arden, de Renta joined Jane Derby, with a 33 percent stake in the company in 1965. The same year heiress Anne Ford wore his embroidered, ermine-edged wedding dress.

Soon, he became famous with Vogue and his photograph was published in the 1967 edition. He also won the Coty Award for his ‘Road of Spices’ collection that he launched in that year.

In the following year, he managed to win a second Coty award for his ‘Belle Epoque’ collection, and also received the Italian fashion industry’s Tiberius award.

In 1973, de Renta was chosen as the President of the CFDA and was inducted in the Coty Hall of Fame. He also became one of the five designers to represent America at the Versailles fashion show.

De Renta designed uniforms and interiors for Casa de Campo, a hotel in La Romana, in Santo Domingo in 1975. And in the following year, ‘OSCAR’ fragrance made its debut in the fashion market.

In 1982, with all the fame and money he had achieved, de Renta tried to pay back to the society by founding La Casa del Ni�o for underprivileged Dominican children with his friend Xiomara Menendez.

During the early 1990s, he received the CFDA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, ‘Oscar’ the perfume won the Fragrance Foundation’s Perennial Success Award and he got into a deal with ‘Balmain’ to design their couture and ready-to-wear collection.

In 1993, de Renta was honored with the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute’s Gold Medal and in the same year, he made his debut with ‘Balmain’ couture as the first American designer to head a French house.

Towards the end of 1990s, he was honored with the American Society of Perfumers Living Legend Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. He also dressed Hillary Clinton for the presidential inauguration of Bill Clinton.

In 2000, more accolades came de Renta’s way as he won the Gold Medal of Bellas Artes, received an honorary doctorate from the Academy of Art College in San Francisco and earned the CFDA’s Womenswear Designer of the Year Award.

The designer created uniforms for the Dominican Republic’s police force and launched his new furniture line in 2002 and in the following year, de Renta received the Marymount University’s Designer of the Year Award.

In 2004, de Renta was named Designer of the Year by the American Apparel & Footwear Association and ‘OSCAR’ the fragrance was inducted into the Fragrance Foundation’s Hall of Fame.

In the following year, he was honored by the American Heart Association and accepted the City College of New York’s Doctor of Humane Letters degree. He also earned the Accessories Council’s Designer of the Year Award.

During the late 2000s, de Renta received the Fashion Group International’s Superstar Award, Colleague’s Champion of Children Award, and the ‘Runway to Green’ fashion show closed with an eco-friendly wedding dress designed by him.

Major Works

Besides designing haute couture for celebrities and Vogue features, working for the most reputed fashion house ‘Balmain’ and designing accessories and a homeware line, de Renta’s fragrance ‘OSCAR’ brought him much fame and many prestigious awards.

Personal Life & Legacy

In 1967, de Renta got married to Francoise de Langlade, who was an editor-in-chief of French Vogue. It was her third marriage and the marriage ended when she died in 1983 due to cancer.

De Renta got married for the second time to Annette Engelhard in 1989. He had stepchildren from both the marriages and has an adopted son, Moises de la Renta.

He passed away due to cancer on 20th October 2014 at Kent, Connecticut.

Trivia

His stepdaughter, Eliza Bolen, is the Vice President of Licensing at Oscar de la Renta, LLC.

He has been honored him with the Order of Merit of Duarte, Sanchez and Mella and the Order of Christopher Columbus.

He also produced a less expensive line of clothing called ‘O Oscar’.

Renta went to Diana Vreeland, the editor-in-chief of Vogue for advice in 1963, saying that what he really wanted was to "get into ready to wear, because that's where the money is". Vreeland replied, "Then go to Arden because you will make your reputation faster. She is not a designer, so she will promote you. At other places, you will always be eclipsed by the name of Dior."

In the show ‘Sex and the City’ in 2003, it was shown that Carrie Bradshaw received a gift of a de Renta dress by de Renta himself.

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Oscar de la Renta awards

YearNameAward

Other

1990 - CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award
1973 - American Fashion Critic's Award
- Order of Juan Pablo Duarte
- Order of Cristóbal Colón

Oscar de la Renta biography timelines

  • // 22nd Jul 1932
    De Renta was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, to a Dominican mother, Maria Antonia Fiallo, and a Puerto Rican father, Oscar Avelino de la Renta. He belonged to a family of poets, scholars, mayors and highly successful individuals.
  • // 1959
    In 1959, de Renta left Spain to assist Antonio Castillo at Lanvin in Paris. He was also recruited by Christian Dior while he was still in Paris. During this time his work was highly influenced by Balenciaga.
  • // 1962
    He visited New York City in 1962 and while he was at a ball with his friend Count Lanfranco Rasponi, he was offered a job by American fashion designer Elizabeth Arden.
  • // 1963
    In 1963, he made his debut with the brand Elizabeth Arden and one of his designs was taken up by Helmut Newton for the following year’s American Vogue edition.
  • // 1963
    Renta went to Diana Vreeland, the editor-in-chief of Vogue for advice in 1963, saying that what he really wanted was to "get into ready to wear, because that's where the money is". Vreeland replied, "Then go to Arden because you will make your reputation faster. She is not a designer, so she will promote you. At other places, you will always be eclipsed by the name of Dior."
  • // 1967
    Soon, he became famous with Vogue and his photograph was published in the 1967 edition. He also won the Coty Award for his ‘Road of Spices’ collection that he launched in that year.
  • // 1967 To 1983
    In 1967, de Renta got married to Francoise de Langlade, who was an editor-in-chief of French Vogue. It was her third marriage and the marriage ended when she died in 1983 due to cancer.
  • // 1973
    In 1973, de Renta was chosen as the President of the CFDA and was inducted in the Coty Hall of Fame. He also became one of the five designers to represent America at the Versailles fashion show.
  • // 1975
    De Renta designed uniforms and interiors for Casa de Campo, a hotel in La Romana, in Santo Domingo in 1975. And in the following year, ‘OSCAR’ fragrance made its debut in the fashion market.
  • // 1982
    In 1982, with all the fame and money he had achieved, de Renta tried to pay back to the society by founding La Casa del Ni�o for underprivileged Dominican children with his friend Xiomara Menendez.
  • // 1989 To 2014
    De Renta got married for the second time to Annette Engelhard in 1989. He had stepchildren from both the marriages and has an adopted son, Moises de la Renta.
  • // 1990
    During the early 1990s, he received the CFDA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, ‘Oscar’ the perfume won the Fragrance Foundation’s Perennial Success Award and he got into a deal with ‘Balmain’ to design their couture and ready-to-wear collection.
  • // 1990
    Towards the end of 1990s, he was honored with the American Society of Perfumers Living Legend Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. He also dressed Hillary Clinton for the presidential inauguration of Bill Clinton.
  • // 1993
    In 1993, de Renta was honored with the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute’s Gold Medal and in the same year, he made his debut with ‘Balmain’ couture as the first American designer to head a French house.
  • // 2000
    In 2000, more accolades came de Renta’s way as he won the Gold Medal of Bellas Artes, received an honorary doctorate from the Academy of Art College in San Francisco and earned the CFDA’s Womenswear Designer of the Year Award.
  • // 2002
    The designer created uniforms for the Dominican Republic’s police force and launched his new furniture line in 2002 and in the following year, de Renta received the Marymount University’s Designer of the Year Award.
  • // 2003
    In the show ‘Sex and the City’ in 2003, it was shown that Carrie Bradshaw received a gift of a de Renta dress by de Renta himself.
  • // 2004
    In 2004, de Renta was named Designer of the Year by the American Apparel & Footwear Association and ‘OSCAR’ the fragrance was inducted into the Fragrance Foundation’s Hall of Fame.
  • // 20th Oct 2014
    He passed away due to cancer on 20th October 2014 at Kent, Connecticut.

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  • What is Oscar de la Renta birthday?

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  • When was Oscar de la Renta died?

    Oscar de la Renta was died at 2014-10-20

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    Oscar de la Renta was died at age 82

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    Oscar de la Renta was born in Dominican Republic

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    Oscar de la Renta's nationalities is American

  • Who is Oscar de la Renta spouses?

    Oscar de la Renta's spouses is Annette Engelhard, Françoise de Langlade

  • Who is Oscar de la Renta siblings?

    Oscar de la Renta's siblings is Aristides Fiallo Cabral, Fabio Fiallo

  • Who is Oscar de la Renta childrens?

    Oscar de la Renta's childrens is Eliza Bolen, Moises de la Renta

  • What was Oscar de la Renta universities?

    Oscar de la Renta studied at Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando

  • Which company or organization was founded by Oscar de la Renta?

    Oscar de la Renta was the founder/co-founder of Casa del Nino orphanage

  • Who is Oscar de la Renta's father?

    Oscar de la Renta's father is Puerto Rican

  • Who is Oscar de la Renta's mother?

    Oscar de la Renta's mother is Maria Antonia Fiallo

  • What is Oscar de la Renta's sun sign?

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