The influential women who inspire the American fashion house
An icon of the fashion industry, Oscar de la Renta designed gowns for some of the world's most influential women, just as his fashion house continues to today. Born in the Dominican Republic to an affluent Puerto Rican and Dominican family, De la Renta found himself in the company of artists and intellectuals from a young age. After leaving home in 1950 to study painting in Madrid at the Academy of San Fernando, the creative quickly discovered his penchant for fashion design. The young dressmaker trained at notable fashion houses such as Balenciaga and Lanvin-Castillo. De la Renta oversaw his namesake fashion house from its inception in 1965 until his passing in 2014. In 1993, the designer started his nine year tenure designing haute couture at Balmain, while maintaining his own label. Before his death, De la Renta named Peter Copping his successor, a decision which led his fashion house into uncertain territory until the appointment of Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia in 2017. With a storied history spanning over 50 years, the house of Oscar de la Renta has established itself as a leader in global fashion. CR looks back on the influential women that have been a part of Oscar de la Renta's legacy.