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Friday, October 24, 2014

Oscar, I Will Miss You


"Any girl from any walk of life dreams of that special dress, and I try to make that dream a reality for her" -- Oscar de la Renta


Oscar de la Renta passed away on Monday at the age of 82.   He was one of my favorite designers, and if I had the money and the fame, I would have had Oscar design my wedding gown.

The man was a true style legend, and while studying him in school, I was impressed with not only his talent, but also his kindness.  He was known as "fashion's gentleman", and those who worked with him praised his generosity.



De la Renta was born in the Dominican Republic, and learned design and tailoring from some of the best in Spain and Paris.  He came to New York in the 1960's to work for Elizabeth Arden, and after many years started his own line.  In 1991 he became the first American designer to show at Paris Fashion Week.  His affinity for the feminine in his romantic, glamorous designs came naturally - he was the sixth of seven children, and the only boy.

I found all of his dresses to be works of art, but his wedding gowns were stunning.  In 2006 he launched his ready to wear bridal line - sadly, too late for my own wedding.  I definitely would have worn this, although I probably would have had to forego the reception to afford the dress.



I know there are many who find fashion silly and frivolous, but there is no denying that Oscar de la Renta's dresses brought so much beauty into the world.  For that I say thank you, and you will be missed.

10 comments:

  1. He was such an incredible talent...and it will be missed. Elegance was part of his name.

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  2. I'm not into couture/ haute-couture mainly cos I can't afford it. However I do enjoy looking at them and love fashion. I agree with you. Whenever I hear 'Oscar De la Renta' I think of romance. The photos you picked are lovely and I'm sure his art and brilliance shall be missed.

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  3. Granted, there are a lot of abuses surrounding fashion (too-thin models, the idea that women are decorative), but still, beautiful, well-made and interesting design is as much an art as anything else. I'm thinking particularly of that one pic you've got upper right. Wonder what I'd have to do to recreate that one???? I love fashion and style and it's sad to know that one of the classics is now lost to us. God rest you, Mr. de la Renta.

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  4. Love those dresses! Love when you fashion post.

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  5. He was so talented and created so many amazing gowns!

    Jill
    www.dousedinpink.com

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  6. He was a true designer that knew what women would look beautiful in and at the end of the day that is the best accomplishment for any designer. We lost one of the best...RIP Oscar...

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  7. He certainly had some beautiful designs and I loved his perfume as well!

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  8. I'm not familiar with any designer's work, really. Although I do love jimmy choo's shoes. Those are beautiful dresses though! RIP, Oscar.

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  9. Sad news... As usually they probably keep the name and hire somebody else.... it's business, but it will never be the same...

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  10. Even though you have been dragging me into the fashion world hahaha! Even I know who he was and that his dresses were such works of arts and everyone more beautiful than the one before!

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