Born July 22, 1932 in the city of Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic, Oscar de la Renta is one of the world’s leading fashion designers.
De la Renta was born as Oscar Aristide Renta Fiala, the son of a Puerto Rican father and a Dominican mother. When he turned 18, he moved to Spain to continue his studies. He studied at the Academy of San Fernando in Madrid and studied painting. He then developed his passion for clothing design and began making sketches for famous fashion houses in Spain. This paved the way for his apprenticeship with Cristobal Balenciaga, who is considered the most popular Spanish couturier. When De la Renta moved to Paris, he worked for Antonio Castillo as his couture assistant.
In 1963, torn between choosing a job as a designer for Elizabeth Arden or designing ready-made clothes, shoes and accessories for Christian Dior in New York, he turned for advice to Vogue editor-in-chief Diana. Vryland. In order to create his own label to make money, Vrland advised de la Renta to work for Elizabeth Arden for the reason that it was with Arden that he could more quickly build his reputation in the fashion industry; since Arden is not a designer, so she will promote de la Renta’s work. Diana Vreeland added that if he decided to work at Dior, he would always remain a shadow for the Dior name.
Thus, in 1963, de la Renta began working for Elizabeth Arden in New York. Two years later, he created his own ready-made clothing label. Over the years, he has received numerous awards, including the CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award (1990) and the CFDA Women’s Clothing Designer of the Year (2000). In a given mode, Oscar is considered one of the best fashion designers in the world.