Taking Tea With Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta (right), the Dominican Republic-born fashion designer who clad the stars for 60 years and died Oct. 20 at 82, was one of my first teachers at Parsons School of Design back in the late 1960s. A devoted fashion-magazine junkie, I had wangled an interview with Vogue editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland, who suggested I become a clothing designer. My portfolio landed me in a class on fashion design taught by Mr. de la Renta, who had launched his …

History to Know: The Story of the Mirabal Sisters

These sisters were part of the Dominican Republic’s bloody struggle on the way to democracy. Watch: http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1 For more about the Mirabel sisters, check out the Wikipedia entry.