Oscar de la Renta at his fashion show at Neiman Marcus- Chevy Chase, MD

Oscar de la Renta was one of the world’s most popular fashion designers. Moreover, he was famous for his women’s evening wear and suits, his line is distinctly modern yet feminine. One of the quotes that he said: “I’m a very restless person. I’m always doing something. The creative process never stops.”

Dominican American fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies 82

—Oscar de la Renta



Oscar de la Renta was born in the Dominican Republic, on July 22, 1932. When he was 18 years old, he left the Caribbean in order to study the art of painting in Madrid. In fact, he was really inspired by fashion which was the thing that made him switch his focus towards fashion, and he quickly became one of the most sought-after names in haute couture. Moreover, the flattering as well as the feminine pieces that he created, inspired women all around the world, and his attire adored several presidential first ladies. De la Renta died on October 20, 2014.

Early Years


Oscar was born on July 22, 1932, Oscar de la Renta. Moreover, he was raised with his six sisters in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in a middle-class house. When he was 18 years old, he left the Caribbean island in order to study painting in Madrid, at the Academy of San Fernando. While he was in Spain, he dreamt of becoming an abstract painter. However, he became fond of the world of fashion designing. His obvious talent for illustration opened doors for him, and he quickly landed an apprenticeship with Spain’s most renowned couturier, Cristobal Balenciaga. Furthermore, in 1961, while he was on a vacation in Paris, he got his first job in a real fashion world at Lanvin-Castillo. After only 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.