Designer Tuesday- Oscar de la Renta

In light of his recent passing, it only felt right to honor such an influential designer.
Birth Name: Óscar Arístides Renta Fiallo
Born: July 22, 1932 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic of Spanish descent
*At 18 years old studied painting in Spain at the Academy of San Fernando in Madrid
-also picked up love for fashion and began sketching
– the wife of the US Ambassador to Spain, saw some of his designs and had him create a gown for her daughter (the dress appeared on the cover of Life magazine)
*Got an apprenticeship with his mentor,  Cristóbal Balenciaga
*Later joined Antonio del Castillo as couture assistant at Lanvin in Paris
*To make a name for himself, in 1963 at 31, he went to work for Elizabeth Arden in New York for 2 years
*After leaving Arden, designed for Jane Derby in 1965
-after Derby’s death that same year, de la Renta took over the line calling it Oscar de la Renta for Jane Derby before changing it in 1966 to just his name
*In 1967, he married Françoise de Langlade, editor-in-chief for Vogue Paris
*1974 took full control of Derby’s company
*1977 created the fragrance titled Oscar
*1983 wife passed away from cancer
-adopted a son Moises from Dominican Republic to have a sense of family
*1989 remarried a New York philanthropist named Annette and gained 3 step children
*1993-2002 designed for Balmain’s haute couture collection
*2001 introduced accessories to his brand
*2002 introduced homeware
*Created a less expensive line called O Oscar in 2004 along with an eyewear
*2006 took his label to the next level by introducing bridal wear
-same year diagnosed with cancer
-continued to work
*Succom to complications due to cancer at his home in Connecticut on Monday 20th 2014
Did you know?
*He designed Tortuga Bay, a boutique hotel at Puntacana Resort and Club in 2006
*Dressing Jacqueline Kennedy in the 1960’s made him more recognizable the fashion industry
*Was inducted into the International Best Dresses List Hall of Fame in 1973
*A Spanish custom, the first or paternal name was Renta and the second or maternal family name was Fiallo creating Óscar Arístides Renta Fiallo