OUR PICK Os­car de la Renta

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Awomen’s best friend — Os­car Arístides Renta Fiallo (22 July 1932 – 20 Oc­to­ber 2014), known pro­fes­sion­ally as Os­car de la Renta, was one of the most renowned cloth­ing de­sign­ers in the world. Born in Santo Domingo, he was trained by Cristóbal Ba­len­ci­aga and An­to­nio del Castillo. he be­came in­ter­na­tion­ally known in the 1960s as one of the cou­turi­ers who dressed Jac­que­line Kennedy. An award-win­ning de­signer, that worked for Lan­vin and Bal­main. His epony­mous fash­ion house con­tin­ues to dress lead­ing fig­ures, from film stars to roy­alty. 2013, Os­car de la Renta’s cel­e­brated 50 years for de­sign­ing clothes in New York. At age 80, he con­tin­ued to sit atop the fash­ion world. De la Renta comes from an in­flu­en­tial fam­ily. His li­nage is of great sta­tus. He is the youngest of seven chil­dren and the only boy, born, to a Do­mini­can mother of Span­ish des­cent (par­tic­u­larly Ca­narian), Car­men María An­to­nia Fiallo, and a Puerto Ri­can father, Ós­car Avelino Renta, owner of an in­surance com­pany in the Do­mini­can Repub­lic. The Fial­los were so em­bed­ded in Do­mini­can society that they could count po­ets, schol­ars, and busi­ness­men, as well as top army brass among their mem­bers. A ma­ter­nal un­cle, Arístides Fiallo Cabral, was a doc­tor, lawyer, and ar­chi­tect, who re­ceived ev­ery de­gree the Univer­sity of Santo Domingo could of­fer. An­other, Fabio Fiallo, was a diplo­mat and poet. On his father’s side, Renta’s great-great grand­fa­ther José Ortíz de la Renta was the first mayor of Ponce, Puerto Rico elected by pop­u­lar vote. He had the distinc­tion of serv­ing as mayor 8 times, the most ever! De la Renta was raised Catholic in a pro­tec­tive fam­ily. His mother died from com­pli­ca­tions of mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis when he was 18. At the age of 19, he went to study paint­ing in Spain at the Acad­emy of San Fer­nando in Madrid. For ex­tra money, he drew clothes for news­pa­pers and fash­ion houses. Af­ter

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