This week, we take a stroll down the red carpet with Dominican-born American fashion designer, Oscar de la Renta! From his page on Biography.com:
[De la Renta's work] blends European luxury with American ease and helped define standards of elegant dressing among society circles in the late 20th and the early 21st century.
De la Renta received an international fashion education. At 18 he left the Dominican Republic to study painting at the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid. There, he began working as an illustrator for fashion houses, a position that led eventually to the post of assisting Spain's leading designer, Cristóbal Balenciaga. In 1961 he settled in Paris and worked as the assistant to Lanvin-Castillo's head designer, Antonio del Castillo, before moving to New York City in 1963 to design the couture and ready-to-wear collections for Elizabeth Arden. In 1965 he established his own eponymous company in New York.
De la Renta went on to win several awards and became the first American designer to be awarded a major post at a French couture house.