Currently alive, at 83 years of age.
1932 – Born on July 22nd in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. A colorful and flirty fashion designer and Dominican Republic-born designer and owner Oscar de la Renta and partner Ben Shaw (now deceased) founded the company.
1950 – He graduated from highschool in Escuela Normal.
– Oscar de la Renta left his native Dominican Republic at 18 years of age 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 SpainÕs most renowned couturier, Cristobal Balenciaga.
1963 – Oscar de la Renta came to New York to design the couture collection for Elizabeth Arden.
1965 – Mr. de la Renta began his signature ready-to-wear label.
1967 – Married the French editor of Vogue Magazine, Françoise de Langlade.
1973-1976 – Oscar de la Renta served as President of the CFDA.
– He is also a two-time winner of the Coty American Fashion CriticÕs Award and was inducted into the Coty Hall of Fame.
1977 – Oscar de la Renta launched his first perfume, Oscar.
1980 – He created a fragrance for men, Pour Lui.
1983 – His wife died from cancer.
1986 to 1988 – Again served as President of the CFDA.
1990 – He was honored with the CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award.
1991 – Oscar is a bestseller in over 70 countries and winner of the Fragrance Foundation Perennial Success Award.
1993 – With his spring collection for the house of Pierre Balmain, Oscar de la Renta became the first American to design for a French couture house and has been awarded the French Legion dÕHonneur as a Commandeur.
1995 – Oscar de la Renta was the recipient of the Living Legend Award from the American Society of Perfumes.
1996 – Mr. de la Renta received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hispanic Heritage Society.
1999 – Oscar de la Renta introduced Oscar for Men.
2000 – Mr. de la Renta received the Gold Medal of Bellas Artes from the King of Spain.
– He marched down Fifth Avenue as Grand Marshall of New York CityÕs Hispanic Day Parade.
– Oscar de la RentaÕs talents receive continual international recognition. Among many other honors, Oscar de la Renta received the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Womenswear Designer of the Year Award.
2001 – The Oscar de la Renta label is comprised of the Signature ready-to-wear collection and Pink Label. To complement these designs, the Fall runway show marked the debut of Oscar de la Renta Accessories; bags, belts, jewelry, scarves and shoes.
2002 – Marks the debut of Intrusion, the latest Oscar de la Renta fragrance for women.