Born July 22 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
“My greatest strength is knowing who I am and where I come from—my island.” –Oscar de la Renta
Moves to Madrid to study painting at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando.
Designs the debutante gown for Beatrice Cabot Lodge, daughter of the U.S. Ambassador to Spain,
who wears the dress in Life magazine.
Works as a fashion illustrator for the Madrid couture house of Cristobal Balenciaga.
Moves to Paris to work as the assistant to Spanish-born couturier
Antonio del Castillo at the house of Lanvin-Castillo.
Relocates to New York City and designs a couture collection,
Elizabeth Arden by Oscar de la Renta, at the suggestion of Vogue editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland.
First appears in Vogue.
Joins designer Jane Derby as a partner. Soon after, he takes ownership of the label,
and the Oscar de la Renta house is born.
Wins first Coty Award for his “Road of Spices” collection.
Receives the Neiman Marcus Fashion Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Fashion.
Becomes an American citizen and maintains dual citizenship with the Dominican Republic.
Serves first term as President of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA); through 1976.
Inducted into the Coty Hall of Fame.
Represents the United States as one of five designers at the legendary Versailles fashion show.
Attends first White House State Dinner during the Ford Administration.
Launches first fragrance, Oscar, an international bestseller.
“To wear perfume is a luxury; it’s about spoiling yourself with some kind of fantasy.” –Oscar de la Renta
Establishes La Casa del Niño for underprivileged children in the Dominican Republic.
Today, the center serves more than 1,500 children daily and is regarded as the most
complete project of child assistance in the Dominican Republic.
Begins second term as President of the CFDA; term continues through 1988.
First Lady Nancy Reagan wears Oscar de la Renta to accept her CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award.
Receives the CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award.
Joins Pierre Balmain and becomes the first American designer to head a French couture house;
holds this position until 2002.
Dresses First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton for the second Inaugural Ball, honoring her husband President Bill Clinton.
Hillary Rodham Clinton wears an Oscar de la Renta velvet dress on the cover of Vogue.
Receives the French Légion d'Honneur as Commander.
The Légion d'Honneur is the highest decoration in France.
Wins the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year Award.
Receives the Gold Medal of Bellas Artes from King Juan Carlos of Spain.
Introduces an accessories collection, which includes handbags, belts, shoes and fashion jewelry.
“A woman makes an outfit her own with accessories.” –Oscar de la Renta
Opens first flagship on Madison Avenue in New York City.
Becomes chairman of Queen Sofia Spanish Institute in New York City.
Launches eyewear collection.
Carrie Bradshaw, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, wears Oscar de la Renta in Sex and the City.
Dresses First Lady Laura Bush for the second Swearing-In Ceremony and Inaugural Ball,
honoring her husband President George W. Bush.
Launches bridal collection.
“My designs are known for their beautiful ornamentation, details, fabrics and embroideries—which are never more important than on a wedding dress.” —Oscar de la Renta
Receives the Lifetime Achievement Award at Parson’s 58th Annual Benefit and Fashion Show.
Designs Tortuga Bay, an award-winning boutique hotel in Punta Cana.
Co-recipient of the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year Award.
First Daughter Jenna Bush wears Oscar de la Renta to her wedding.
Oscar de la Renta opens international retail stores in Athens, Greece and Madrid, Spain.
Oprah Winfrey wears Oscar de la Renta to co-host the Costume Institute gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Conceives and leads the “Balenciaga: Spanish Master” exhibition at Queen Sofia Spanish Institute in New York City.
Launches childrenswear collection.
“Kids are so full of life. The spontaneity, charm and innocence of children—it’s just missing in the world today.”
—Oscar de la Renta
Launches home collection.
“My entire concept of lifestyle is built on the foundation of my homes.” –Oscar de la Renta
Hillary Rodham Clinton presents Oscar de la Renta the CFDA Founders Award,
given in honor of Eleanor Lambert.
“Oscar de la Renta: American Icon” opens at William S. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, AR.
Receives the Medal of Excellence from Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Co-chairs the Costume Institute gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Oscar de la Renta names Peter Copping as Creative Director, a new position for the company.
On October 20, 2014, Oscar de la Renta passed away at home in Connecticut surrounded by family,
friends and more than a few dogs.