Monday, October 20, 2014

Oscar de la Renta, RIP

An extraordinary gentleman.

+July 22, 1932 - October 20, 2014+

Asked in an interview: Are you religious, Oscar?

De la Renta replied: Yes. I was born and raised a Catholic. If you were to see me at night, you might think I am deeply stupid. I say exactly the same prayer that I was taught when I was 6 years old: “Four little corners has my bed, four little corners keep me safe.” These are all in Spanish, of course, so I am translating here. The other one I say is, “God I go to bed with, the God I wake up with.” And the last one is, “Angel please keep me company, never leave me alone, not by day nor by night.” - Source


  1. +JMJ+

    My favourite designer! =( You didn't know that about me, did you, Terry?

    My half-Spanish grandmother also taught my younger self a prayer that I will never forget: Jesusito, de mi vida, yo soy nino como tu. Por eso te quiero tanto y te doy mi corazon! (Apologies for any spelling errors! I don't actually speak Spanish--LOL!) My cousin and I were lisping it from a very early age, not at all understanding what it meant, which might make it seem pretty pointless now, though it actually wasn't.

    We also learned the Guardian Angel prayer. That I still say every night.

    1. I did not know that - but I'm not surprised.

      I like that he described himself as Catholic and mentioned his nightly prayers. The author mentioned he laughed after he said he was Catholic - but I edited it - I didn't want readers to get a wrong impression. I believe he laughed only because of the childhood custom he continued into adulthood.


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