“My job as a designer is to make a woman feel her very best” Oscar de la Renta
Yesterday I was terribly saddened to hear of his passing at age 82.
Dominican born Oscar de la Renta spent half a century dressing the most glamorous women in the world. De la Renta apprenticed for Cristobal Balenciage in Spain, and then Lanvin and Balmain in Paris before launching his own line in 1965.
An arbiter of style and timeless elegance, de la Renta’s gowns were both a fixture on the red carpet, and also at the White House. He was the only designer to have dressed every first lady from Jacqueline Kennedy to Michelle Obama.
More recently he designed the wedding dress of George Clooney’s bride, Amal Alamuddin.
Never one to fall into the extremism of the fashion industry, De la Renta famously said “I’m not interested in shock tactics. I just want to make beautiful clothes”.
And how incredibly beautiful his clothes always were.
Recently he helped Vogue editor Anna Wintour in her efforts to rehabilitate the career of fashion genius John Galliano. ( read about it here)
The passing of Oscar de la Renta is a major loss to the fashion industry, and to women all over the world who love beautiful clothes.