Oscar de la Renta, fashion designer

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When Oscar began designing, his fashions were much different than they are today—and so were the women who bought his gowns. "Today we are dressing a woman who doesn't have to go to her husband and say, 'Can I buy that dress?'" Oscar says. "She can [make] her own choices."

With today's career woman in mind, Oscar designs clothes that can be worn to the office and then to a cocktail party or dinner with friends. "Today a woman knows that going into the workplace and being a woman and exercising the power of her femininity is fantastic," he says.

What fashion rules should modern women follow? "First of all, never follow any advice of anyone but your own," he says. "Look at yourself in the mirror. … What is most important is to really project your own sense of individuality."
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Published on April 17, 2006

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