the world has lost an icon

I woke up to the sad news that Oscar De La Renta has passed. He sure was the king of evening wear, and has dressed so many great people through the years.

Oscar was born in 1932 in the Dominican Republic and left the island to study art at the The Academy of San Fernando in Madrid when he was 18. During his time in Spain he landed an apprenticeship with Cristóbal Balenciaga. Oscar de la Renta has since said to André Leon Talley: 'When Balenciaga came to Madrid, I was terrified. I hardly spoke. I just learned by looking and observing. He was like God to me.' He has also been a couture assistant for Lanvin, and in 1963 he designes haute-couture gowns for Elizabeth Ardens costum-made clothing line. In 1965 his Oscar de la Renta label was launched.

A 1967 Oscar de la Renta design

Oscar de la Renta is best known for his striking couture-like ready-to-wear red carpet gowns and eveningwear. In the 1960s he told Palm Beach Daily News: 'I design clothes for women to wear. I am not interested in shock tactics. I just want to make beautiful clothes.' And that he did. His work was known as inspiring, romantic and timeless.