Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta died Monday at the age of 82. As Washington Post fashion critic Robin Givhan tells NPR’s Steve Inskeep, the designer understood something very fundamental about women, no matter their age or background>
"They want to look pretty," Givhan says. "And his clothes were not these sort of experimental garments where, you know, sleeves or armholes were optional. And he wasn’t sort of this guy who made fashion all about him. You could really tell that the work was there to make women look and feel their best."
Read more of fashion critic Robin Givhan’s remembrance of Oscar de la Renta.
Caption: Baroness Aino Bodisco (far right) looks on as Beatrice Lodge is fitted in a debutante dress by fashion designer Oscar de la Renta in 1956.
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