A sumptuous monograph that traces the life and legacy of the fashion luminary Oscar de la Renta. In October 2014 one of the fashion world champions, Oscar de la Renta, passed away, a great loss illuminated by the countless successes of his half-century reign. The acclaimed fashion designer dressed the first women from Kennedy to Obama and celebrities from Beyoncé to Sarah Jessica Parker. Renowned for its unique charm, impeccable taste and original lifestyle, it has embraced the highest standards of French couture with the utmost motivation that women must look and feel beautiful.
In this intimate volume, the longtime editor and friend André Leon Talley talks about de la Renta’s journey through almost 70 iconic dresses, mainly made for private clients, accompanied by fascinating stories of exquisite craftsmanship and legendary friends who have given life to every dress. Born in the Dominican Republic in 1932, de la Renta left for Madrid at nineteen to study art, where he became known as a sketch for newspapers and fashion houses. From his apprenticeship under Cristóbal Balenciaga to his homonymous collections, the simple lines of the elevated designer with a flamenco dancer reflect his deep connection with his roots and his commitment to transcendence through wonderful garments.