His Legendary World of Style
The First Collection
By 1965, de la Renta had his own label and, in 1967, his collection “The Road of Spices” earned him his first Coty Award, the prestigious recognition conferred upon designers for their significant contribution to fashion. This was only the beginning of de la Renta’s ascent as a designer. His remarkable legacy transcends even the fashion empire he built through the relationships he made.
Beyond his work as chairman of Oscar de la Renta LLC, he was a tireless patron of the arts. De la Renta served on the Board of Trustees for Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, New Yorkers for Children and the Americas Society. He was also a dual citizen of the U.S. and the Dominican Republic, where he served as ambassador-at-large.
Dressing the First Ladies
Ten first ladies wore Oscar de la Renta designs during their time in the White House. His fashion transcended party lines. He built his career on the philosophy that all women want to be beautiful, and he brought out the singular beauty and character of each woman he designed for.
"Ovation for Oscar" provides an intimate account of the making of a major museum exhibition honoring the designer, artist and cultural icon.
"Oscar de la Renta", presented by the Savannah College of Art and Design, was exhibited at the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia, Feb. 5 - May 3, 2015 and the inaugural exhibition at SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion and Film in Atlanta, Georgia Oct. 3 – Dec. 31, 2015.
This momentous exhibition featured more than 60 garments, many designed exclusively for de la Renta’s closest friends and family. Known as "the sultan of chic," de la Renta dressed such Hollywood A-listers as Oprah Winfrey, Nicole Kidman and Taylor Swift, as well as former first lady Laura Bush.
A monograph titled “Oscar de la Renta: His Legendary World of Style” was published by Skira Rizzoli and included contributions by André Leon Talley, Paula Wallace, Anna Wintour, and Mercedes T. Bass. Images featured here and in the book were photographed by SCAD alumnus Adam Kuehl (B.F.A., photography, 2005, M.F.A., photography, 2014).
"Oscar de la Renta: His Legendary World of Style" is available for purchase at shopSCAD, shopscad.com, and amazon.com.