Fashion designers often talk about dressing women for the rooms they will inhabit. If this is a maxim that many contend to follow, Oscar de la Renta could very well have been the exemplary template to look to; his taste and passion for interiors, gardens, and architecture was truly the reflection of the beautiful dresses he was so beloved for. From dense William Morris–reminiscent patterns to verdant, jewellike chinoiseries, his sensibility on the runway always seemed to be in constant dialog with that of his design penchants.
For the last decades of his career, Mr. de la Renta had his feet planted in both industries—from his collection of fabrics for Lee Jofa to his own line of home accessories now under the apt stewardship of Carolina Irving, he was constantly expanding his reach.
Here, we admire the spaces he inhabited over the years, from his homes in his native Dominican Republic, to his Kent, Connecticut, estate, where his garden commanded as much attention as the inside world he created with his wife, Annette. The rooms he lived in and the decades they span reflect his evolution in interior style, but mostly they speak to his inherent eye for beauty and livability—his indelible aesthetic.
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