Oscar Arístides de la Renta Fiallo (1932-2014) has left a big mark on the fashion world and created gorgeous couture gowns for six decades. After finding international fame in the 1960s, the award-winning designer created collections for Arden, Balmain and Lanvin, while also developing his eponymous label.
Oscar de la Renta was inducted into the Coty Hall of Fame, served as the President of the Council of Fashion Designers of America twice, in the ‘70s and in the ’80s, and was honored with the CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award. However, the most important part of his legacy is his vision of fashion.
“Never, ever confuse what happens on a runway with fashion. A runway is spectacle. It’s only fashion when a woman puts it on. Being well dressed hasn’t much to do with having good clothes. It’s a question of good balance and good common sense,” the designer once said, quoted by the New York Times.
Discover a few of Oscar de la Renta’s best dresses that perfectly capture his unique sensibilities of color and shape, that made him a hit with everyone from Oprah and Taylor Swift to Jacqueline Kennedy and Hillary Clinton.
Amal Alamuddin Clooney’s Wedding Gown
Human-rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin wed George Clooney in Italy, and Oscar de la Renta was responsible for the fairy tale gown. “He is the man every woman wants to hug!” Amal told Vogue. The custom design of her wedding gown has also been adapted by the fashion legend for his Bridal 2015 collection.
Oprah Winfrey, 2010 Met Costume Institute Gala
One of Oscar de la Renta’s best dresses, the navy blue gown worn by Oprah at the 2010 Met Costume Institute Gala was perfectly fitted to her silhouette. The two walked the red carpet together and the creation definitely captured his design philosophy.
Jessica Alba, 2013 Golden Globes
Showing off her curves in a melon-hued gown by Oscar de la Renta, Jessica Alba made the best dressed list at the 2013 Golden Globen. The detail that really made this mermaid silhouette strapless gown stand out was the below the knee asymmetry.
Sarah Jessica Parker, 2014 Met Costume Institute Gala
The monochrome look worn by Sarah Jessica Parker at the 2014 Met Gala is also one of Oscar de la Renta’s best dresses and the only one to feature his signature on the train. The dramatic gown might look a little over the top when paired with Parker’s hairstyle, but it fit the “Beyond Fashion” theme of the event perfectly.
Lea Michele, 2011 Golden Globes
Proving that he stayed in touch with a new generation of stars, Oscar de la Renta got plenty of accolades for the pink one-shoulder dress Lea Michelle wore at the 2011 Golden Globes. The train and ruffled neckline stood out on the red carpet in the right way.
Taylor Swift, 2012 Ripple of Hope Gala
The singer also wore one of Oscar de la Renta’s best dresses at the 2012 Ripple of Hope Gala. While the fashion legend could turn up the drama, he could also go for a more whimsical and fun approach for the red carpet.
Emma Watson, “Noah” New York Premiere
At the “Noah” New York Premiere, Emma Watson showcased the designer’s ability to add a touch of sexy to a demure gown. The backless black dress featured a dramatic train and was perfectly complimented with a soft coral lip.
Kerry Washington, 2013 NAACP Image Awards
With a rise and fall hemline and a delicate combination of pink and aqua, the cloque gown worn by Kerry Washington at the 2013 NAACP Image Awards also deserved a place among Oscar de la Renta’s best dresses.
Amy Adams, 2013 Academy Awards and Vanity Fair Party
With two winning looks in one night, Amy Adams showcased Oscar de la Renta’s range in 2013. Her dramatic gown helped her stand out on the Oscars red carpet, while the metallic caviar-beaded fringe gown helped her make the best dressed list at the Vanity Fair Party.
Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton’s Wedding
A big fan of the fashion legend, Clinton wore Oscar de la Renta for for her husband’s second inauguration and for her swearing in ceremony as a senator in 2002. However, she chose one of Oscar de la Renta’s best dresses for her daughter Chelsea’s wedding.