Oscar de la Renta was born in Sto. Domingo in the Dominican Republic. His first passion was painting and he wanted to be an abstract painter but he also had fascination in fashion which he then pursued.
As a start of his successful career, de la Rosa started working for Lanvin-Castillo in Paris as an assistant to Antonio del Castillo. He then moved to the United States and worked for Elizabeth Arden and Jane Derby. After Derby’s retirement, he and associate Jerry Shaw put up their own company in 1966.
His business continued to grow and this made him one of the richest Hispanic American who gave pride to Dominican flag. He made his first huge success in making romantic ball gowns for married women of leisure in 1970 in America. His designs continued to evolve through the years to cater to his audiences’ needs and to fit the times. During the 1990’s, his style reflected simplicity but remained flattering and popular and his work became well-liked by First Ladies like Nancy Reagan, Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton.
With his continued success in the fashion world, he was also able to branch out into jewelry, eyewear, lingerie, swimwear, luggage, fragrance, furniture, furs and home fragrance collections. Among his numerous recognitions in the fashion industry, his very own country Dominican Republic has honored him with the order al MÃ©rito de Juan Pablo Duarte and the Order of CristÃ³bal ColÃ³n. He has also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hispanic Heritage Society and was given the Gold Medal of Bellas Artes from the King of Spain in 2000.