Life and Death of a Legend: Oscar De La Renta

Hello Everyone,

Two days ago, on October 20th 2014, the fashion world lost an icon, a genius and a great man. At the age of 82, critically acclaimed clothing designer Óscar Arístides Ortiz de la Renta Fiallo, better known as Oscar De La Renta, passed away due to complications with cancer. Today, I will celebrate the life that Oscar De La Renta led, and the stamp that he kept on society.


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Oscar De La Renta was born on 22 July 1932 in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic. Originally, de La Renta went to school at the Academy of San Fernando in Madrid to study painting, however, he began creating designs as a hobby and side job to pay for art school. Eventually, his designs began to become noticed by wealthy members of Spanish high society, and he became a fresh new face in fashion.


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The following looks come from Oscar De La Renta’s Pre-Fall 2013 collection. Oscar De La Renta was known for his elegant and glamorous ball gowns. He was highly successful in two separate markets: dressing socialites and red carpet events. His pieces were seen as timeless, classy yet bold enough to garner attention and praise.


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Finally, de La Renta created a movement in the world of fashion. He chose not to confine his aesthetic to either celebrities or high society or the mass market. He used his massive talent and versatility to make women of all careers and backgrounds look elegant and beautiful. During the last 60 years, de La Renta has shown that he is one of the most talented designers of our time; and even though he may no longer be with us, his legacy will continue on.

By Naa at Adolescent Chic 


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