The fashion world has lost one of his teachers with the death of Oscar de la Renta. Born in the Dominican Republic in 1932, the legendary fashion designer left the last memory of his talent a few weeks ago, wearing wedding to Amal Clooney, wife of George Clooney Hollywood exsoltero.
However, his fame came much earlier. De la Renta died in Connecticut, USA, at age 82, after suffering cancer that was diagnosed in 2006, said Monday, the family.
At 18, Oscar Aristides de la Renta Fiallo had left his native country for Spain, the birthplace of his ancestors, where he studied drawing and painting at the Academy of San Fernando in Madrid.
He started pulling dresses for revenue, and final entry into the world of fashion came with a job as an apprentice with Cristobal Balenciaga, whom Eternal Optimist cited numerous times as his teacher throughout his career. Balenciaga wanted him employed at the Paris headquarters of its signature, but this asked him to wait and then De la Renta tried his luck on his own in the French capital.
He knocked on the door of Christian Dior and Antonio del Castillo, then creative director of Lanvin and both offered employment. He chose to remain as assistant to the second and lived in France between 1961 and 1963. In a 1979 interview recalled:
“When I worked in Paris, I always had eveningwear inspired by the Spanish peasant, flamenco, for paints Goya and Zurbaran and Princess Eboli. Balenciaga dresses never seemed costumes. “
A style that would be steeped in the work of De la Renta. The designer would return to France with enormous success in 1973 to a meeting of French and American artists who ended with a resounding victory for the visiting team.
The Death of a Fashion Designer
But his major accomplishments obtained in the United States, where he initially worked with Elizabeth Arden on the advice of Diana Vreeland. The powerful editor believed that the house would allow him to shine and make a name for himself. What it happened in 1965 and had already established his firm in New York.
- With Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy began a relationship with the first American ladies who would become particularly close with Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush.
- A few weeks ago Michelle Obama first wore one of his designs, which was interpreted as reconciliation.
- De la Renta, who feared the controversy, was criticized Obama wore a design Alexander McQueen at a state dinner as well as the group chose for his first meeting with the Queen of England.
- Recently, Hillary Clinton presented a retrospective of the work of de la Renta and defined his work as the best example of “elegance and beauty.”
- A delicate choice of words for a man who hated him “nice” because it cheapens “beauty”. Marriage used to spend the summer at home in Punta Cana designer and maintained a very close relationship Oscar and his wife, Annette.
De la Renta did not want to lose the pulse of current and recently also became a regular presence on the red carpet leading to the Oscars where actresses like Cameron Diaz, Nicole Kidman, Oprah Winfrey, Kristen Stewart and Penelope Cruz they have worn their creations.
De la Renta enjoyed such fame in Hollywood that the series Sex in New York devoted an entire episode when the main character, Carrie Bradshaw -paper played by Sarah Jessica Parker – want as a token of love and style the wedding dress Oscar Income does not know if she will receive from her boyfriend.
Married to the editor of the French edition of Vogue, Françoise de Langlade, until his death in 1983, De la Renta remarried six years later, this time with Annette Reed.
The Fashion Industry
Besides her, Eternal Optimist survived by his three sisters (who reside in the Dominican Republic), his son Moses, his three stepchildren and nine grandchildren. Alex Bolen, his son, is the director of the company.
The designer took some time looking for a respite for signature. He tried his luck with John Galliano, who spent three weeks in his studio in 2013, but the deal with the controversial designer was not posiblen. Finally, on October 14 he confirmed that Peter Copping, previously creative director at Nina Ricci, the manager would happen.
“Our industry has not always done the best job in regards to changes in design leadership, ” declared in announcing the appointment of bitánico.
First came the Obama, then the Rolling Stones and now is Karl Lagerfeld who arrived in Havana with Cruise 2017 Chanel collection about the diplomatic opening that began in Cuba in late 2014, breaking the restrictions on international trade they came affecting the Caribbean territory since the sixties.
Paseo del Prado in Havana tonight and will host the first parade Chanel in Latin America. -between 600 guest editors, customers and celebrities like Tilda Swinton, Vanessa Paradis, Gisele Bundchen or Stella Tennant, besides locales- relevant personalities who will witness a historic moment, key to consolidating a promising market that looks very fashion close while the French firm says its incursion into the country does not respond to any business strategy but a purely creative impulse.
“The cultural richness and the opening of Cuba to the world, make the country a source of inspiration for Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel, ” she claimed the mark at the time through a statement. “With this event, we want to show that there talent and ability to support public with fashion in Cuba.”
From Cuba comes, coincidentally, two of the favorite designers of the First Lady: Narciso Rodriguez and Isabel Toledo. Since last season firms like Proenza Schouler and Stella McCartney – the summer before he did Donatella Versace and just a week ago Lela Rose and Dannijo – were inspired by the cultural contrasts of the country for their collections of halftime.
Louis Vuitton organized there his biennial last summer, launching an initiative sponsorship Cuban artists. Beyonce and Jay-Z were about to get into legal trouble for violating the policy of embargo against Cuba imposed by the US government just before the normalization of relationships and relaxation of the blockade.
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When he moved to the country to celebrate their first wedding anniversary in mid 2013. Tour couple power followed the high – profile visits by Katy Perry and Rihanna to perform two separate reports for different fashion publications. An industry that always responds quickly to economic openness and the transition from a model of society to another.
A permanently in love with the exotic -and the Caribbean island industry is in this sense a gold mine in terms visual – and no political, economic system and model in the world that can resist when it comes to doing business (see an example of China).
Without going any further Cuba it is already considered one of the 20 markets of the future for the consumption of clothing (and luxury?). And that despite the halo of uncertainty that still plans on economic development and market freedom in the country. The fashion industry in Cuba is virtually nonexistent. Most Cubans work for the government with a salary ranging between $ 20 and $ 25 Cubans.
Given these wages, it is estimated that 40% of the population receives a contribution from relatives and friends living abroad. In this sense, it is thanks to this extra income that many citizens are willing to spend.