Sadly the fashion world bids farewell to the amazing Oscar De La Renta. He was beloved in the luxury fashion industry and will be greatly missed in many ways. Oscar was 82 at the time of his death and died from complications of cancer which was confirmed by his wife to the media.
According to huffingtonpost.com De la Renta was born in the Dominican Republic in 1932. He left home at the age of 18 to study painting in Madrid, Spain but decided instead to pursue fashion design. He eventually worked as an apprentice to Cristobal Balenciaga, Spain’s most celebrated couturier.
The young designer made a name for himself when he dressed former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in the 1960s. After launching his own line, de la Renta became known for creating elaborate, feminine gowns that were often worn by first ladies including Nancy Reagan, Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton.
“Oscar’s remarkable eye was matched only by his generous heart. His legacy of philanthropy extended from children in his home country who now have access to education and healthcare, to some of New York’s finest artists whose creativity has been sustained through his support,” Bill and Hillary Clinton said in a statement. “We will always be grateful to Oscar for the love he showed us, and for sharing his talent on some of the most important occasions of our lives.”
De la Renta also dressed socialites in his couture creations, and his gowns were red carpet staples as celebrities including Oprah, Sarah Jessica Parker and more wore his designs year after year. Most recently, he collaborated with Amal Clooney on her wedding gown, which was accompanied by a spread in the November issue of Vogue.