Oscar de la Renta
Launched in 2006, the Oscar de la Renta bridal collection features a full range of utterly feminine and romantic gowns, as well as veils, shoes, belts, and fashion jewelry. The striking silhouettes, beautiful fabrics and extraordinary embroideries, from duchesse silk to French Alençon lace, make the collection coveted by brides-to-be around the world. Each year, a new bridal collection is debuted in New York. Oscar de la Renta bridal is available globally through wholesale partners and select retail boutiques.
Oscar de la Renta left his native Dominican Republic at the age of eighteen to study painting at the Academy of San Fernando in Madrid. While living in Spain, he became interested in the world of design and began sketching for leading Spanish fashion houses, which soon led to an apprenticeship with Spain’s most renowned couturier, Cristóbal Balenciaga. Later, he left Spain to join Antonio Castillo as a couture assistant at the house of Lanvin in Paris. In 1963, he came to New York to design the couture collection for Elizabeth Arden. In 1965, Oscar de la Renta began his signature ready-to-wear label. Today the company also produces a bridal collection, a beauty line, a home collection, childrenswear and a complete range of accessories, including handbags, shoes and jewelry. In 2008, Oscar de la Renta opened its first international stores in Athens and Madrid, and has continued its expansion with the opening of Dubai in 2009, Tortuga Bay and Riyadh in 2012, and London in 2013. In August 2013, the house completed an expansion of its New York boutique, doubling their space on Madison Avenue.
Oscar de la Renta is a true visionary who has made incomparable contributions to society and altered countless lives. He has served twice as the president of the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America), and has been the recipient of their Womenswear Designer of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, and Founders awards.
Oscar de la Renta has received two honors from King Juan Carlos of Spain, La Gran Cruz de la Orden del Mérito Civil, and the Gold Medal of Bellas Artes. He has been awarded the French Legion d’Honneur as Commandeur.
A tireless patron of the arts, Oscar de la Renta has served on the Boards of Trustees of Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, New Yorkers for Children, the Americas Society, and is Chairman of the Queen Sofía Spanish Institute. Oscar serves as Chairman of Oscar de la Renta, LLC, the luxury goods firm he founded in 1965, and also as Chairman of Grupo Punta Cana, a hospitality and real estate company in the Dominican Republic. Oscar de la Renta is a dual citizen of the United States and the Dominican Republic, where he serves as Ambassador at Large.