NEW YORK NY
I met Oscar de la Renta on November 5, 1985. At that time I was already in the last year of the race in Parsons and that particular day would be the presentation of his spring 1986 collection in the auditorium of 560 de la Séptima. Avenue in New York.
He had been selected along with other classmates to work in the backstage helping with the organization and dressing the models before their departure on the catwalk.
As soon as I arrived and he saw me he said "You speak Spanish and I want you to get dressed and help Isabel", referring to Isabel Oduber , Venezuelan and house muse and model.
I could not believe it, so he took me to the rack where his suits hung. There were exactly eight, twice what the other models would carry, among which were the great international mannequins of the time, the same ones that the Valentino's and Saint Laurents wore in Paris. I remember in particular Dalma, Betty Lago, Kirat, Marpessa Hennink, Amalia Vairelli and Nubia, another Venezuelan who was Lagerfeld's muse in Chanel, among so many other famous models.
FROM EME Magazine
ISABELLE in HER ELITE MODELING DAYS
CARACAS / NEW YORK