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Name:  Oscar de la Renta                                                         
Born:  July 22, 1932 Dominican Republic                                           
Oscar de la Renta (born July 22, 1932) is a leading fashion designer.             
De la Renta (born Oscar Aristides Renta Fiallo) was born in the Dominican         
Republic to Dominican mother and a Spanish father. At the age of 18, he moved     
to Spain, where he studied painting at the Academy of San Fernando in Madrid. He 
quickly changed his focus to fashion. While living in Spain, he became           
interested in the world of design and began sketching for leading Spanish         
fashion houses, which soon led to an apprenticeship with Spain's most renowned   
couturier, Cristóbal Balenciaga. Later, de la Renta left Spain to join Antonio   
Castillo as a couture assistant at the Lanvin in Paris.                           
In 1963, torn between designing custom clothing for Elizabeth Arden, shoes and   
accessories for Brittany Rosano and designing ready-to-wear for Christian Dior-New
York, de la Renta turned for advice to Diana Vreeland, the Editor-in-Chief of     
Vogue, saying that what he really wanted was to "get into ready to wear, because 
that's where the money is". Vreeland replied, "Then go to Arden because you will 
make your reputation faster. She is not a designer, so she will promote you. At   
the other place, you will always be eclipsed by the name of Dior." De la         
Renta proceeded to work for Arden for two years before launching his own label.   
He was one of the three major protégés of Baron de Gunzburg, the others were   
Bill Blass and Calvin Klein.