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Backstage at one of Oscar's fashion shows, he faces the hardest part of his job—eliminating dresses that don't make the cut. "My biggest problem is that the dress that everybody hates is the dress I like," he says. "I feel sorry for the dress … you become emotionally involved."

Oscar says his work has only become more difficult over the years. "Younger designers [are] doing great work. Every year you have to do your very best," he says. "I have learned to be a stronger critic of what I do…but sometimes the fear [of failure] is there. But without the fear, there would not be the creativity."
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Published on April 17, 2006

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