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Oscar de La Renta Quotes And Biography

Inside: A list of Oscar de la Renta quotes, along with a biography and learning resources.

Oscar de la Renta was an internationally recognized fashion designer. Several U.S. first ladies wore his gowns at inaugural events and other places, from Jacqueline Kennedy to Laura Bush.

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“Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.”

– Oscar De La Renta

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Oscar de La Renta Biography

Fast Facts about Oscar de la Renta

Birth: July 22, 1932
Birthplace: Dominican Republic
Death: October 20, 2014
Family: Françoise de Langlade (1st spouse), Annette Engelhard (2nd spouse), 1 child
Education: Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando
Career: Fashion Designer
Famous For: Internationally known design lines

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Oscar de la Renta was born on July 22, 1932, in the Dominican Republic.

At 18, he moved to Spain to study painting but was more interested in the world of fashion. De la Renta got his first fashion job in 1961 in Paris, as assistant to Lanvin-Castillo’s head designer, Antonio del Castillo.

In 1963, he moved to New York to work for Elizabeth Arden. He launched his own label in 1965, mostly comprised of casual-luxury clothing.

De la Renta continued his line of high fashion over the next decades, and expanded into perfumes and even furniture design. He also launched a less expensive line. He was an international success, and was both the first American and the first Dominican to design for a French Couture House.

De la Renta died October 20, 2014, at the age of 82. His designs have been worn by mutiple first ladies, actresses such as Penélope Cruz , Anne Hatheway and Sarah Jessica Parker, and royalty like Meghan Markle.


  • American Fashion Critic’s Award
  • CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award (1990)
  • CFDA Womanswear Designer of the Year Award in (2000)

Free Resources:

Oscar de la Renta Coloring Page

You also might be interested in my sets of biography slides and project templates for learning about Latinx and Spanish-Speaking leaders, plus a free guessing game.

Hispanic Heritage Month Game

Videos About Oscar De La Renta

An overview of the life and career of Oscar de la Renta, presented by The Bush Center (4min 50s):

An Oscar de la Renta biography, presented by the William J. Clinton Presidential Center (8min 48s):

A quick biography of Oscar de la Renta in Spanish (1min 30s):

Another look at the work of Oscar de la Renta in English (3min 22s):

12 Oscar de la Renta Quotes

  1. “I want to make clothes that people will wear, not styles that will make a big splash on the runway.”

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2. “Walk like you have three men walking behind you.”

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3. “Be the designer of your own destiny.”

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4. “There is always an emotional element to anything that you make.”

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5. “The essence of style is how you live your life.”

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6. “Being well dressed hasn’t much to do with having good clothes. It’s a question of good balance and good common sense.”

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7. “Elegance is a discipline of life.”

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8. “The qualities I most admire in women are confidence and kindness.”

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9. “It’s not about what you wear, but about how you live your life.”

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10. “We’re dealing with sophisticated customers. What’s most important to these women is individuality. I have to create things she’ll want to wear, no matter who she is.”

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11. “My great strength is knowing who I am and where I come from – my island.”

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12. “Silk does for the body what diamonds do for the hand.”

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I hope these ideas and resources were helpful to you! If you have more ideas for resources or lessons, let me know in the comments below!

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Image 1: “Oscar de la Renta” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by theglobalpanorama

Image 2: Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style” (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by TheBushCenter

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