Top 20 Oscar de la Renta Quotes on Fashion and Style

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Oscar de la Renta, who died yesterday at age of 82, was perhaps one of the world’s most admired and successful fashion designers. Famed for his exquisite eveningwear and passion for beautiful, feminine clothes, his client list included style icon Jackie O, and more recently the Human Rights Barrister Amal Alamuddin, who wed George Clooney in a de la Renta creation. In his honour, we have put together a list of our favourite quotes.

Top 20 Oscar de la Renta Quotes


1. “The qualities I most admire in women are confidence and kindness.”


2. “I always say: To be well dressed you must be well naked.”


3. “There is always an emotional element to anything that you make.”


4. “Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.”


5. “I like light, colour, luminosity. I like things full of colour and vibrant.”


6. “Gardening is how I relax. It’s another form of creating and playing with colours.”


7. “I want to make clothes that people will wear, not styles that will make a big splash on the runway.”


8. “We live in an era of globalization and the era of the woman. Never in the history of the world have women been more in control of their destiny.”


9. “I’m a very restless person. I’m always doing something. The creative process never stops.”


10. “I don’t really know how to do casual clothes.”


11. “The great thing about fashion is that it always looks forward.”


12. “Now is the most exciting time in fashion. Women are controlling their destiny now, the consumer is more knowledgeable, and I have to be better every single day.”


13. “We’re dealing with sophisticated customers. What’s most important to these women is individuality. I have to create things she’ll want to wear, no matter who she is.”


14. “Although I have no plans to tweet, I am fascinated by developments on the Internet.”


15. “I am not interested in shock tactics. I just want to make beautiful clothes.”


16. “I do not have one theme for each season, I just try to make beautiful clothes all year round.”


17. “I was surrounded by sisters. My childhood was all women.”


18. “My customers are successful workingwomen.”


19. “There is always an emotional element to anything that you make.”


20. “I have this complex that if I walk into a place wearing a colourful shirt someone will stop me and say, ‘I’m sorry, but the Latin band comes through the other door.”


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