Caribbean American Designer Oscar De La Renta Dies at 82

 

Oscar De La Renta dies at 82 

Born in the Dominican Republic in 1932, de la Renta left home at 18 to study painting in Madrid. It   was there he developed a love of fashion design and began an apprenticeship with Cristóbal  Balenciaga, who became his mentor, and then, landed a job with Lanvin in Paris. Soon after, he moved to New York City.

“When I first arrived here in 1963, all the names on clothes were the name of [the store],” he  toldGotham magazine last year. “You made your clothes, you sold them to the store, and they  quickly removed the label and put the label of the store. If it was a dress at Saks Fifth Avenue, the  label was Saks Fifth Avenue. Bergdorf Goodman was Bergdorf Goodman. But it was a time of  transition.”

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