Oscar De La Renta’s Most Beautiful Gowns

We pay tribute to a fashion great with a round-up of his most fabulous designs...

Sad news this week as American fashion powerhouse, Oscar de la Renta revealed the man behind its global success had passed away aged 82.

Oscar de la Renta, real name Oscar Aristides Renta Fiallo, fell in to fashion when he was just 19. An aspiring painter from the Dominican Republic studying in Madrid, he drew clothes for newspapers and Spanish fashion houses in order to raise extra cash.

Oscar was catapulted in to the limelight when the American Ambassador’s wife in Spain commissioned one of his designs for her daughter. The gown graced the cover of ‘Life magazine’. Apprenticeships with Cristobel Balanciaga and Antonio del Castillo at Lanvin in Paris followed and, as they say, the rest is fashion history. He set up his eponymous label in New York in 1965.

Oscar’s design aesthetic redefined red carpet dressing. He managed to take the showstopping elements of couture and combine them with the laid-back feel of ready to wear to create something new and exciting that flattered the female form.

Stylish women from around the world clamoured to be dressed by him from the off. Jacqueline Kennedy was an early fan, while Sarah Jessica Parker started her love affair with Oscar’s breathtaking designs as a young actress attending premieres. His final design will go down in fashion history too – a beautiful wedding dress worn by the new Mrs Clooney of which he said: ‘Any girl from any walk of life dreams of that special dress, and I try to make that dream a reality for her.’

Join us as we pay tribute to Oscar de la Renta by looking back as some of his most iconic creations…

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