Oscar de la Renta

  • Birth Name: Oscar Aristides Ortiz de la Renta Fiallo
  • Birth Place: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Died: October 20, 2014
  • Profession: Fashion designer
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Fast Facts

  • At age 7 tried to manufacture perfume by collecting dewdrops from flowers.
  • Became fascinated with fashion design while studying painting in Madrid.
  • Apprenticed with famed designer Cristobal Balenciaga in Madrid and later worked as an assistant to Antonio del Castillo in Paris.
  • Made a spectacular debut in 1956 when one of his first dresses was commissioned for Beatrice Lodge, the daughter of then-U.S. ambassador to Spain John Davis Lodge, to wear at her coming out ball in Madrid, and was featured on the cover of Life magazine.
  • Believing the future was in ready-to-wear, he came to New York City in 1963 to work with Elizabeth Arden.
  • Launched his own label in 1965.
  • Has designed dresses for First Ladies Jacqueline Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush.
  • Co-founded orphanage La Casa del Niño in 1982 and adopted his son from there.


  • Annette Engelhard — Wife
  • Carmen Maria Antonia Fiallo — Mother
  • Moises de la Renta — Son
  • Francoise de Langlade — Wife (deceased)
  • Eliza Bolen — Stepdaughter
  • Oscar Avelino de la Renta — Father
  • Jean Marc Bruere — Stepson


  • San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Madrid, Spain

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