Oscar De La Renta (born Oscar Aristides Renta Fiallo) was born in the Dominican Republic in 1932. In the 1950's Oscar moved to Spain where he studied painting at the Acade of San Fernando in Madrid. It was in Spain that he first developed a love for the fashion world, and went to work for the renowned couturier, Cristobal Balenciaga. After working with Balenciaga, De La Renta left Spain for Paris and went on to assist Antonio Castillo at Lanvin.
"Working for incredible talents like Balenciaga and Antonio Castillo, I learned about the immense skill and creativity involved in couture work." - Oscar De La Renta
In the 1960's Oscar realized that the future of fashion lay more in Ready-To-Wear than in Couture, so he packed up and moved to America. There in New York, he worked for Elizabeth Arden for several years before launching his own label in 1965. The designer has often been quoted as sighting his island upbringing in the Dominican Republic as an influence for his colorful and intricately ornamented collections.
Today Oscar's line has expanded to include not just Ready-To-Wear, but an Accessory, Bridal, Perfume, and Home collection as well.