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Dominican born fashion designer, Oscar de la Renta, took the fashion world by storm throughout the sixties, producing timeless couture pieces for many well-known faces from film stars to royalty. The youngest of seven children, Oscar de la Renta had a passion for art from an early age and took a leap of confidence by moving to Madrid in 1951 to study painting at the Academy of San Fernando aged just 18.

His passion and flair for creativity was the essence of Oscar de la Renta’s life. During his art studies, he discovered a love for fashion illustration before being successfully commissioned to design the debutante gown for Beatrice Cabot Lodge, daughter of U.S Ambassador to Spain in 1956 after his illustrations were noticed in the local newspaper. This led to his first magazine feature with the couture dress photographed for the cover of Life magazine – a huge stepping-stone for the designer.

The world of Oscar de la Renta’s unmistakeable womenswear collections began with an apprenticeship working with renowned couturier, Balenciaga, who became Oscar de la Renta’s mentor before moving to Paris to work as a couture assistant for Lanvin in 1961.

Popular for his show-stopping couture gowns, de la Renta wanted to venture into producing a stunning ready-to-wear collection and design clothes accessible to an increasing number of women.

His love for design, enthusiasm to learn and thrive to continuously develop, led to de la Renta working for Elizabeth Arden for two years where he began producing his visionary ready-to-wear collections before travelling to New York City to work for Jane Derby, where de la Renta would soon take over the brand. His dreams were soon becoming a reality and Oscar de la Renta designs were regularly being featured in popular fashion magazines including Vogue and worn regularly by an array of royals and celebrities at monumental events.  The popularity of Oscar de la Renta pieces have been recognised over the years, winning a number of prestigious awards and acknowledgements, and showcased in the movie industry – a huge success for the designer. Heavily featured in the huge hit film Sex in the City, the film styled by Patricia Field (leading stylist and costume designer), crafted a range of iconic looks including a wedding dress from the de la Renta bridal collection that launched in 2006. Sarah Jessica Parker was also styled in a quintessential couture, black and white Oscar de la Renta dress for the 2014 Met Gala, which successfully showcased the famous Oscar de la Renta signature on the skirt. This was a huge moment for de la Renta as Carrie Bradshaw, renowned for being the pinnacle of fashion – a television and movie icon that women around the world look to as a fashion inspiration and role model.

Oscar de la Renta’s career spans decades of success, from the early days of working with Elizabeth Arden during the sixties right through to the modern 21st century. His designs have continued to progress and develop throughout the years introducing perfumes and home collections – opening doors to more and more women across the world wanting to own part of Oscar de la Renta.

In the wake of his death in 2014, at Open for Vintage, we wanted to pay homage to the influential early Oscar de la Renta designs, so we have handpicked a collection of sought-after timeless key pieces for fashionista’s out there wishing to own a piece of vintage fashion…

 

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White & Black Oscar de la Renta Floral Sheath Dress

605.7500 Bust (inches) : 34" Label 1 : Womens Fashion > Womens Dresses ,Womens Fashion > Womens Dresses,Womens Fashion > Oscar De La Renta Womens Fashion Style : Revival Waist (inches) : 30" Length (inches) : 36" Style Keyword : Womens Dresses > Womens Dresses Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens Clothing : Dresses specification : White, , Good Size : 6
CHF 528.35

White Oscar de la Renta Resort 2016 Lace Dress

1010.7500 Bust (inches) : 34" Label 1 : Womens Fashion > Womens Dresses ,Womens Fashion > Womens Dresses,Womens Fashion > Oscar De La Renta Womens Fashion Style : Revival Waist (inches) : 30" Length (inches) : 38" Style Keyword : Womens Dresses > Womens Dresses Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens Clothing : Dresses specification : White, , Good Size : 6
CHF 919.73

Black Oscar de la Renta FW 2009 Drop-Waist Dress

646.2500 Bust (inches) : 36" Label 1 : Womens Fashion > Womens Dresses ,Womens Fashion > Womens Dresses,Womens Fashion > Oscar De La Renta Womens Fashion Style : Revival Waist (inches) : 32" Length (inches) : 40" Style Keyword : Womens Dresses > Womens Dresses Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens Clothing : Dresses specification : Black, , Good Size : 4
CHF 567.49

Red Oscar de la Renta Crepe Pleated Dress

565.2500 Bust (inches) : 33" Label 1 : Womens Fashion > Womens Dresses ,Womens Fashion > Womens Dresses,Womens Fashion > Oscar De La Renta Womens Fashion Style : Revival Waist (inches) : 31" Length (inches) : 37" Style Keyword : Womens Dresses > Womens Dresses Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens Clothing : Dresses specification : Red, , Good
CHF 489.22

Khaki Oscar de la Renta 2014 Sleeveless Pleated Dress With Belt

632.7500 Bust (inches) : 33" Label 1 : Womens Fashion > Womens Dresses ,Womens Fashion > Womens Dresses,Womens Fashion > Oscar De La Renta Womens Fashion Style : Revival Waist (inches) : 28" Length (inches) : 39.5" Style Keyword : Womens Dresses > Womens Dresses Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens Clothing : Dresses specification : Green, , Good
CHF 554.45

Black Oscar de la Renta Silk Satin Strapless Dress

511.2500 Bust (inches) : 34" Label 1 : Womens Fashion > Womens Dresses ,Womens Fashion > Womens Dresses,Womens Fashion > Oscar De La Renta Womens Fashion Style : Cocktail Waist (inches) : 26" Length (inches) : 31.5" Style Keyword : Womens Dresses > Womens Dresses Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens Clothing : Dresses specification : Black, , Good Size : 6
CHF 437.03

Cream Oscar de la Renta Embroidered Summer Jacket

605.7500 Bust (inches) : 40" Label 1 : Womens Fashion > Womens Jackets & Blazers,Womens Fashion > Oscar De La Renta Womens Fashion Style : Revival Length (inches) : 21" Style Keyword : Womens Jackets & Blazers Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens Clothing : Jackets & Blazers specification : Nude & Neutrals, , Good Size : 10
CHF 528.35

80s Oscar de la Renta Cognac Velvet Draped Evening Dress

560.9570 Bust (inches) : 36 in. (91.44 cm) Label 1 : Womens Fashion > Womens Dresses ,Womens Fashion > Womens Maxi Dresses,Womens Fashion > Oscar De La Renta Womens Fashion Length (inches) : 54 Style Keyword : Womens Dresses > Womens Maxi Dresses Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens Clothing : Dresses specification : Brown, , Excellent Decade : 1980-1989 Size : 10 (US)
CHF 485.07

Black Oscar de la Renta 2009 Silk Strapless Dress

781.2500 Bust (inches) : 30" Label 1 : Womens Fashion > Womens Dresses ,Womens Fashion > Womens Dresses,Womens Fashion > Oscar De La Renta Womens Fashion Style : Revival Waist (inches) : 28" Length (inches) : 32.25" Style Keyword : Womens Dresses > Womens Dresses Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens Clothing : Dresses specification : Black, , Good Size : 6
CHF 697.95

Multicolor Oscar de la Renta Textured Sheath Dress

646.2500 Bust (inches) : 30" Label 1 : Womens Fashion > Womens Dresses ,Womens Fashion > Womens Dresses,Womens Fashion > Oscar De La Renta Womens Fashion Style : Revival Waist (inches) : 27" Length (inches) : 32.5" Style Keyword : Womens Dresses > Womens Dresses Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens Clothing : Dresses specification : Multi, , Good Size : 4
CHF 567.49

Blue Oscar De La Renta Taffeta Mini Dress

646.2500 Bust (inches) : 34" Label 1 : Womens Fashion > Womens Dresses ,Womens Fashion > Womens Dresses,Womens Fashion > Oscar De La Renta Womens Fashion Style : Revival Waist (inches) : 31" Length (inches) : 36.5" Style Keyword : Womens Dresses > Womens Dresses Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens Clothing : Dresses specification : Blue, , Good Size : 6
CHF 567.49

Black Oscar de la Renta Silk Bow Jacket

781.2500 Bust (inches) : 38" Label 1 : Womens Fashion > Womens Jackets & Blazers,Womens Fashion > Oscar De La Renta Womens Fashion Style : Revival Length (inches) : 19.5" Style Keyword : Womens Jackets & Blazers Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens Clothing : Jackets & Blazers specification : Black, , Good Size : 8
CHF 697.95

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