Oscar de la Renta, the worldly gentleman designer who shaped the wardrobe of socialites and Hollywood stars for more than four decades, has died. He was 82.His wife, Annette de la Renta, confirmed his passing to The New York Times.The late ’60s and early ’70s were a defining moment in U.S. fashion as New York-based designers finally carved a look of their own that was finally taken seriously by Europeans. De la Renta and his peers, including the late Bill Blass, Roy Halston and Geoffrey Beene, defined American style — and their influence is still spotted today.De la Renta’s specialty was eveningwear, though he also was known for chic daytime suits favored by the women who would gather at the Four Seasons or Le Cirque at lunchtime. His signature looks were voluminous skirts, exquisite embroideries and rich colors.First lady Laura Bush wore an icy blue gown by de la Renta to the 2005 inaugural ball and Hillary Clinton wore a gold de la Renta in 1997. On the red carpet at the Academy Awards, Penelope Cruz and Sandra Bullock were among the celebrities to don his feminine and opulent gowns. His clothes even were woven into episodes of “Sex and the City” with style icon character Carrie Bradshaw dropping his name — and comparing his designs to poetry.De la Renta’s path to New York’s Seventh Avenue took an unlikely route: He left his native Dominican Republic at age 18 to study painting in Spain but soon became sidetracked by fashion. The wife of the U.S. Ambassador to Spain saw some of his sketches and asked him to make a dress for her daughter — a dress that landed on the cover of Life magazine.That led to an apprenticeship with Cristobal Balenciaga, and then de la Renta moved to France to work for couture house Lanvin. By 1963, he was working for Elizabeth Arden couture in New York and in 1965 had launched his own label.He told the AP in 2004 that his Hispanic roots worked their way into his designs.“I like light, color, luminosity. I like things full of color and vibrant,” he said.And while de la Renta made Manhattan his primary home, he often visited the Dominican Republic and kept a home there. Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour was a frequent visitor and she has said traveling with him was like traveling with the president. “He’s a superstar,” she said.He also had a country home in northwestern Connecticut. Gardening and dancing were among his favorite diversions from work. “I’m a very restless person. I’m always doing something. The creative process never stops,” he said.
To see the entire darius cordell couture collection that can be made to order upon request with changes…..please go to http://www.dariuscordell.com
this backless dress is actually in stock in a size 10.
The back of evening gown style #2002 from the Darius Cordell Couture collection is dramatic but still quite an elegant dress
the front of this garment has a high scoop neck but as you can see tha back is the main feature from darius designs is with this very low dropped cowl design with chiffon falls drapping down the side.
the fabrication is silk charmeuse and is very soft to the touch. some think it is difficult to take care of but if the dress is dry cleaned after each wearing it will be fine. storgage in a cool dry place is also important.
the cost for this silk evening dress is $1250. With silk evening gowns made new the cost would be much higher.
pictures of the front of all evening dresses can be emailed upon request.
All Darius Cordell Designs for mother of the bride or formal evening wear can be made in any color, all fabric, any measurements and with any changes that a client may need.
To see videos go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bs-DJBoN0eU
you can email us from our website at http://www.dariuscordell.com just click on the link to “request more info” and fill out the form. we will then get back with you.
Darius Designs Evening Gown Competition Pageant Wear Couture
Selling plus size evening gowns, wedding dresses, mother of the bride ball gowns and plus size bridal gowns
Hi David, I love it! The gown is simply wonderful. It was an exact fit and the workmanship was exquisite. I absolutely consider you my designer of choice and will not hesitate to order from you in the future. If anyone needs a reference, you are free to direct them to me.
Milwaukee , WI
As for the tuxedo style gown we got in a 14, it was beautiful, we loved it, ……she wore it for “Luck be A Lady”, with a black fedora, and it looked fabulous….the work is beautiful
withThe Indianapolis Symphony
The sketch is what I had understood the fabrics would be. The construction of the dress is exactly how I had pictured it–and it is beautiful.
Thanks for the help,
The dress worked out perfectly. It was a size to big, but my tailor did a great job sizing it for me.
It is magnificent!! And a perfect fit! I’m totally in love with it! Even my Brazilian fancy shoes are a perfect match for my beautiful dress! I just had to send you the pictures that my husband took of me, yesterday.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Giselle – Calgary Alberta – Canada
I found the info on your Q&A page easy to understand and sufficient; thank you for that as well.
Since 1996 the company Darius Cordell has sold hundreds of evening dresses (via mail order with our on line catalog) to many new & repeat clients. Below are just a few of the lovely comments we have received from wonderful clients of Darius Cordell who actually read our Q & A page as instructed and were ultimately able to understand and order through our very easy mail order process.
Selling plus size wedding dresses, mother of the bride evening gowns, formal wear ball gowns and plus size bridal gowns
I just received my dress in the mail yesterday — I LOVE IT! It’s just everything I thought I would want and more. The cut is so ridiculously close; I only have a few minor alterations to have done. Thank you so much for your help with this. I am certainly happy I went with your company!
I do plan to get the word out about this among my group of opera friends. I hope you get responses!
Thank you and all of the team at Darius Cordell Couture for bringing such a fabulous dress to life,
J.Barton – Bloomington , NJ
Although I got concerned about receiving my dress for the wear date I did get it the day before (almost too close for comfort). However, I must say the dress is absoulutely gorgeous. My mother was a professional designer and seamstress for years so believe me when I say the dress and workmanship was without flaw. My daughter designed the dress for me and she was thrilled when we opened the package and her original sketch was taped to the outside. You made her vision a lovely reality. I tried on the dress and all my husband could say was “WOW” and after 28 years of marriage that is a great compliment. But the best compliment came from my daughter. She said “Mom, when I get married that is the dress I want you to wear.” It just can’t get any better than that.Thanks so very much,D. Bell – Blyththeville, Ar
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Giselle – Calgary Alberta – Canada
Absolutely beautiful; great service!
J. Machnacki – Canton, MI
Thank you for your superb customer service.
M. Sharp – Dallas, Tx
Dear Hunter. Just returned from my trip to find the beautiful gown in my closet. I’ll be taking it next week for alterations. Thank you. My husband and daughter think it is beautiful. Thank you for repairing the star and replacing some of the stones. My first couture dress. WOW!! J. Bradley – Washington Dc
Thank you so very much for being so responsive to my situation!! The dress arrived in perfect condition — a little wrinkled. It actually fits very well —- a little hem, nip and tuck here and there and it will be perfect!! I am so very grateful to my daughter for finding your website —–the quality and design of the dress is wonderful!! Again, thank you for rescuing me —-I am so looking for to wearing the gown at the ball!!D. Green – Morgantown, WV
Received the turquoise gown today and it is fabulous!. Thank you for the terrific service! I will be ordering another gown in the near future.Thank you again,
S. Nelthorpe – Riverside, CA
I thank you for your excellent customer service, from what I have recently experienced it seems to be a rare commodity within the bridal shop industry (condescending attitudes, “I’m doing you a favor” demeanors). K. Fitzpatrick – South Walpole , MA
Thanks for your help and your thoughtful emails.
E. Mobius – Bethel , Connecticut
Hi Hunter The dress was a huge success and as soon as I get the photos from my friend, I will forward a few to you. Of course, thanks again for all of your help. You’re fabulous! J. Lefebvre – New York , New York
I really like my dress (C494, floor model, purple) Thank you for sending it to me so quickly.
Pauline B. – Los Angeles, Ca
I love this gown. I received dozens of compliments at each event. In the near future, I’ll be in contact with you regarding two custom ballgowns. Hope all is well with you.
S. Siracusano – SAUGERTIES, NY
THANK YOU HUNTER. I APPRECIATE THE EFFORTS. AND YES I WILL BE ORDERING FROM DARIUS IN THE FUTURE. THANK DARIUS FOR ME. I WORK IN A SERVICE INDUSTRY TOO, SO SOMETIMES GIVING A INCH FOR A MILE CAN PUT A SERIOUS DENT ON OUR BUSINESS VANEER BUT IM ONE THAT ALWAYS REMEMBERS THOSE THAT GIVE GRACIOUSLY SO DARIUS CORDELL IS IN MY “GOLD” BOOK. CHEERS HUNTER,
SUSAN – KAMLOOPS , BRITISH COLUMBIA , CANADA
I purchased 2126 in white and just received my dress in the mail. I just wanted to let you know how beautiful my dress is-I just love it- my husband and I are renewing our vows in Las Vegas for our 25th Wedding Anniversay at the Venetian Hotel and the dress is just perfect-thank you so very muchS. Spradlin – Littleton, CO
I just wanted to say how absolutely fantastic your website is. I’ve been on hundreds of wedding dress websites and none of them come nearly close to being as user-friendly as yours. The pictures are wonderful, your Q&A section was direct and to the point and comprehensive. Excellent job!Cheers,
C. Braidwood – Ottawa, Ontario Canada
I WANTED TO LET YOU AND YOUR STAFF KNOW THAT I GOT MY GOWN. IT IS TOTALLY BEAUTIFUL AND SO ELEGANT WITH ITS TRAIN!!!! THE WORKMANSHIP IS SUPERB AND THE BEADING ON MY STOLE MAKES THE OUTFIT GO OVER THE TOP AND TRULY A CLASSIC. THANK YOU AGAIN FOR MAKING THIS GOWN FOR ME TO WEAR AT THIS MOST IMPORTANT BLACK TIE AFFAIR. MY BEST WISHESMargaret Scisney-Matlock, Ph.D., RN – Ann Arbor, Michigan
Hi David,I received the dress today and it is lovely–everything I wanted. I look forward to ordering from you again. I appreciate all your help.Sincerely,
P. Jefcoat – Little Mountain, SC
HelloI wanted to touch base with you and let you know that I recieved the dress.It was absolutely beautiful. And I rcieved many complimentsThere were over 700 in attendance and your dress is on the front page of the paper.It really is beautiful. Thank you and sorry about all the stress.Mayor Dianne Watts – Surrey Canada
thank you for your follow up. I have found some dresses locally although not as wonderful as the dress we have corresponded about. Again, thank you for responding to my inquiries.Best wishes,
C. Belford – Savannah, Georgia
I received the dress. It’s beautiful and the color you picked for this dress is amazing. I just love everything about it. Thank you so much.
M. Abady – Alexandria, VA
Thank you very much for all of your wonderful e-mails. I’m all set with what I will be wearing. Your fashions are fabulous. I actually (this may sound cheap) have a friend that purchased one of your designs. Her son and future daughter-in-law called off the wedding. The dress fit me and I bought it from my friend. I have two other children that are marriage age and I will certainly will go to your website again.Thank-you,
Sue Sousa – Castro Valley, CA
I have ordered a Darius Cordell for the past two years and I have loved each one of them. Thanks.
Daphne R Robinson – Alexandria, LA
I have recieved the wedding dress. Things have been a little crazy for me because of the move and everything, but I wanted to say thank you to whoever made my wedding dress. ! it is very beautiful and looks great on me. thank you againSncerely,
L. Leach – boonton, nj
Good morning JD and the Gang, I just wanted to thank all of you. I received my dress yesterday, and it is almost perfect. It has a couple of quirks that have to be fixed, but I really like it. We’ll see how much the judges love it this weekend!
Desiree A. Bodin – Cut Off, LA
Thanks so much David!!I swear that I will never buy another occasion dress from anyone else!!I love the selection…….and the quality is the best!!! Thanks.I will be faxing my form to you shortly.Thanks again for everything!T. Gurda – new hampton, ny