Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Oscar De La Renta, Friend Of Opera And Sopranos, Is Dead At 82

Night at the Opera: de la Renta attending 
Anna Bolena at the MET in 2011.
"Óscar Arístides de la Renta Fiallo (July 22, 1932 – October 20, 2014) was a Dominican fashion designer. Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, De la Renta was trained by Cristóbal Balenciaga and Antonio del Castillo, he became internationally known in the 1960s as one of the couturiers to dress Jacqueline Kennedy. An award-winning designer, he worked for Lanvin and Balmain; his eponymous fashion house continues to dress leading figures, from film stars to royalty, into the 2010s. De la Renta is particularly known for his red carpet gowns and evening wear." [Source] The designer was always a fixture at the Metropolitan Opera as an audience member and supporter. Today's most established sopranos in the opera world are often photographed wearing the designer's creations. "'I’m a woman, and I love it so I enjoy dressing up,' says Netrebko, who attends fashion week in New York and Paris, when possible, and was excited about a recent encounter with designer Oscar de la Renta. 'I was very honored to meet him — I’m always shopping at his stores. To me, his clothing is art, which I can’t stop collecting.'" [Source] Other famous sopranos to wear his gowns include Renée Fleming, Ailyn Pérez, and Angela Gheorghiu. Some of these fashionable gowns, as well as some that just seem operatically inspired, can be seen after the jump.
Ailyn Pérez

Angela Gheorghiu

Ann Getty

Anna Netrebko and Mercedes Bass

Anna Netrebko

Annette de la Renta

Beverly Sills

Hillary Clinton

Laura Bush

Leontyne Price

Maria Guleghina

Natalia Vodianova

Oprah Winfrey

Renée Fleming

Sarah Jessica Parker

Scarlett Johannson

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