de la Renta, Oscar at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:
Dominican-U.S. fashion designer. After studies in Santo Domingo and Madrid, he became staff designer for C. Balenciaga in Madrid. In 1962 he moved to New York and started his own company to produce women's ready-to-wear fashions. In 1973 he founded Oscar de la Renta Couture and expanded into household linens, menswear, and perfumes. In the 1970s he introduced the ethnic look with gypsy and Russian themes; more recently he has produced romantic evening clothes in taffeta, chiffon, velvet, brocade, and fur. Since 1993 he has been couture designer for P. Balmain.