In the fashion world his name is like royalty—a virtual king among designers. Hailing from the Dominican Republic, Oscar de la Renta launched his New York–based eponymous ready-to-wear collection in 1965 after a stint designing Elizabeth Arden’s couture collection and an apprenticeship at Balenciaga in Spain.
Dripping with lavish embroidery, exquisite beading, and an abundance of fur, ODLR designs are synonymous with luxury. From breathtaking cocktail dresses and gowns to sportswear and trim, perfect-for-lunch suits, Oscar de la Renta creations are adored by Park Avenue socialites and Hollywood beauties like Sarah Jessica Parker, Freida Pinto, and Scarlett Johansson.
A two-time CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year winner (in 2000 and 2007) and recipient of the CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award in 1990, De la Renta has a name that graces everything from lingerie and shoes to perfume and wedding gowns.