Friday, September 19, 2008

Oscar de la Renta

I know this has nothing to do with children's fashion, but I just want to share one of my favorite designers' bio. He's Oscar de la Renta. I've always LOVE his design, so chic, so french, and so couture. He inspires me a lot so I hope he can inspire you too.

Oscar de la Renta (born July 22, 1932) is an American fashion designer whose often Latin-flavored work has dominated and influenced the fashion world since the 1970s.

De la Renta was born in the Dominican Republic, son of a Puerto Rican father and a Dominican mother. His original surname is commonly rumored to have been Renta, though there does not appear to be any evidence to support this. At the age of 18, he moved to Madrid, Spain, where he studied painting at the Academy Of San Fernando. He began to show an interest in fashion, however, and soon found work as a sketcher with some of Spain's top fashion houses. A little later, he took a designing class with one of Europe's top couturiers, Cristobal Balenciaga. He later moved to Paris, where he joined Antonio Castillo as a couture assistant.

In 1963, de la Renta relocated to New York, where he worked for Elizabeth Arden. It provided him with the experience which he would later need to launch his own clothing lines and perfumes.

In 1965, he left Elizabeth Arden and went to work for Jane Derby Ltd., an American fashion company in business since the 1930s. The labels of the clothes read "Oscar de la Renta for Jane Derby." After Derby's death in 1969, de la Renta took over the company and renamed it Oscar de la Renta.

Apart from the signature Oscar de la Renta products, he has launched the Pink Label products and has ventured into the world of women's accessories, men's clothing, sportswear and perfumes. He also produces, with an American manufacturer Century Furniture, a collection of home furnishings based on antiques and other items that furnish his houses in Connecticut, New York City, and the Dominican Republic.

In 1967, he became the third husband of Fran├žoise de Langlade (1931-1983), an editor in chief of French Vogue. She died of cancer.

In 1989, the designer married the former Anne France Engelhard (1940-), the former wife of New York banker Samuel Pryor Reed and the adopted stepdaughter of American minerals industrialist Charles W. Engelhard Jr.

De la Renta has stepchildren from both marriages; he also has an adopted son, Moises de la Renta.

(Bio is from http://www.spiritus-temporis.com/oscar-de-la-renta/)

One of his 2009 Spring Ready to Wear Collections.

Oscar de La Renta

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