Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Royal Rewind: The Royals & Oscar de la Renta

Last week iconic and legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta passed away in his home in Kent, Connecticut aged 82. Diagnosed with cancer in 2006, he died from complications caused by his illness. His gowns helped to hone the style of icons including Jackie Kennedy and most recently he designed a beautiful wedding gown for Amal Clooney - another trendsetter in the making.

Indeed, he enjoyed friendships with the royals. He greatly admired Princess Diana and famously said she "had a natural sense of royalty that no royalty can match". Below we see the late designer enjoying a dance with Diana during a 1996 gala in Washington - Diana's first engagement in the U.S. after her divorce.

Oscar de la Renta

Oscar was photographed laughing with Princess Margaret during a charity fashion show in Claridge's.

Over the years he forged a close friendship with Queen Sofia of Spain and even became chair of the Spanish Queen Sofia Institute. At the age of eighteen he came to Spain to pursue his dream of becoming a fashion designer and drew much of his inspiration there.

Sofia remains a huge fan of his designs and has worn his creations several times in recent years. 

The latest generation of royals have come to appreciate his work and his designs have very much become a staple for European royals. Earlier this year Prince Charlene selected a fitted green dress by the brand.

Crown Princess Mary has worn his designs with aplomb. A favourite of mine which springs to mind is the stunning navy blue dress with a collar made of pearls.


Earlier this year, Mary sported a divine floral-print dress by Oscar de la Renta for events marking World Cancer Day.


A closer look at the red and black dress.

Princess Marie-Chantal in a dazzling gown the evening before Princess Madeleine of Sweden's wedding.

Princess Madeleine looking radiant in Oscar de la Renta for Princess Victoria's 32nd birthday celebrations. 

Queen Máxima wearing her much-loved de la Renta coat earlier this year.

Both Letizia and Infanta Elena wore Oscar de la Renta suits for National Day in 2012.

We leave you with this memorable quote from Oscar:

'Fashion is about dressing according to what's fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.'


  1. Mr. De La Renta will be sorely missed!! His designs are timeless and classic. I love that blue dress/coat dress on Mary, the color and cut are spectacular on her. I also rather like the silver gown on Marie-Chantal, although I'm not a huge fan of the high/low hem, at this length it really works.

  2. He was a long time favorite of mine for creating timeless wearable clothes that could be worn for decades. I especially love the dresses on Mary

  3. I couldn't agree more with the ending quote. Yes, knowing what works best for you is the key, rather than being a slave to fashion just for the sake of keeping up with trends that may or may not flatter you.

    And I never knew that Oscar de la Renta lived in Kent, Connecticut. I've passed through there a few times and the town is typical quaint New England charm.

    My favorite designs featured in this post include the gowns worn by Sofia, Maxima's suit, and Mary's blue dress. Stunning.

  4. What a wonderful post!!! Thank you Charlotte!!


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