Oscar de la Renta was born in 1932 in the Dominican Republic.
His feminine style – filled with colorful, embroidered, flowery, hispanic influenced silk and satin dresses – is known to turn head and light up the red carpets with flashes. From Nancy Reagan to Hilary Clinton, to Emma Watson, Amy Adams and Sarah Jessica Parker, his dresses are a key element to every Met Gala, Oscar or Golden Globes Award show or afterparty.
Oscar de la Renta started a painting career in Madrid in 1951, and became a fashion illustrator for Balenciaga six years later, before moving to New York in the early 60s. With Diana Vreeland – Vogue’s Editor in Chief – whispering in his ears, De la Renta launched his first couture collection. In 65, he founded, with associate Jane Derby, his own fashion house. His name appeared instantly in the iconic magazine, and on every lips, De la Renta’s fame kept on growing. So much so, he was appointed Artistic Director of Balmain in 1992. During the decade he spent directing the Fashion House, he was even given the French Légion d’Honneur, and went on opening doors for his brand, creating ready-to-wear, wedding, children, cosmetics and home lines.
After his passing in 2014, Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, the designer’s close collaborators, were named heads of creation.
Petter Copping designed a high-end winter wonderland for Oscar de la Renta’s Fall/Winter 2016. Filled with intricate brocades, delicate Peter Pan-esque fur collars, glistening florals, hints of Spanish lace and full gowns in the de la Renta tradition. Tones are luxurious, from black to grey to burgundy to rich pastels, ending with vivacious fuchsia.