The life of Oscar de la Renta
Born: July 22, 1932 in the Dominican Republic, died October 20, 2014 at his home in Connecticut. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2006 and had been in treatment since that time.
As a student he studied painting in Madrid.
First job was as a fashion illustrator at Cristóbal Balenciaga.
Launched his label in New York in 1965 and was one of the first American designers to create a fragrance.
A philanthropist, he established an orphanage in the Dominican Republic, La Casa del Nino, in 1982.
Walked down the aisle twice: His first wife was a former editor of Vogue and died in 1983. He is survived by his second wife, Annette.
Family values: His stepdaughter Eliza and son-in-law Alex Bolsen both work at his label.
Has an adopted son, Moises, from the
John Galliano was given a second chance by De la Renta, who took the sacked Dior designer on for a three-week residency in 2013.
The world’s most famous women adored his designs, including Jackie Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Beyoncé and Naomi Campbell.
His funeral in New York was attended by Henry Kissinger, Hillary Clinton, Diane von Furstenberg, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang, Donna Karan, Anna Wintour and Annie Leibovitz, among others.