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Legendary Fashion Designer Oscar De La Renta Dies At 82


Oscar de la Renta, the iconic fashion designer whose gowns were worn by stars of the screen and stage as well as first ladies, died Monday at the age of 82.

De la Renta passed away Monday in Connecticut surrounded by family, friends, and pets, Fox News reported.

His death was confirmed by Annette de la Renta. The cause of death was due to complications from cancer, the New York Times reported. Despite being ill intermittently for nearly eight years, de la Renta grew his business by 50% while his name continued to be linked to high-profile celebrities at major events like the Oscars.

The Dominican icon designed gowns for several first ladies, including Jackie Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, and Laura Bush. Most recently, de la Renta designed the wedding dress Amal Alamuddin wore when she wed George Clooney in September. De La Renta was one of the most noted fashion designers in the United States and stayed both relevant and sought-after for over six decades.

Recently, first lady Michelle Obama wore a de la Renta dress, after seemingly snubbing him for years. De La Renta publicly chided her for wearing foreign labels, leading to speculation that Mrs. Obama preferred emerging fashion designers.

[quote text_size=”small” author=”– Laura Bush” author_title=”Former First Lady”]

We will miss Oscar’s generous and warm personality, his charm, and his wonderful talents. We will always remember him as the man who made women look and feel beautiful.


De la Renta died just weeks after naming a new designer to replace him at his brand, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Born in the Dominican Republic, de la Renta started his career in the 1950s as an assistant to Cristobal Balenciaga, a Spanish designer. He later came to be known for his eye for proportion and versatility, designing for the jet set of every decade of the last sixty years.

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