Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Oscar De La Renta Dead At 82

Oscar de la Renta has died. He was 82.  

The legendary fashion designer, who created the dress worn by Amal Alamuddin for her wedding to George Clooney, passed away on Monday after a longtime struggle with cancer.

The iconic fashion designer became internationally known in the 1960s as one of the couturiers to dress Jacqueline Kennedy. He also dressed other first women, including Nancy Reagan, Betty Ford, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush and Michelle Obama.

De la Renta was also a favorite on the red carpet among countless celebrities, including Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz, Kristen Stewart, Oprah and Sarah Jessica Parker.

De la Renta, who was born in the Dominican Republic, worked with the top design house before branching out on his own. He first apprenticed with Cristobal Balenciaga before working in Paris for Balmain and Lanvin.

The award-winning designer was diagnosed with cancer in 2006 and claimed last year in an interview with the International Business Times that "the only realities in life are that you are born, and that you die." He noted: "We always think we are going to live forever. The dying aspect we will never accept. The one thing about having this kind of warning is how you appreciate every single day of life."

De la Renta is survived by his second wife Annette Englehard. His first wife, former French Vogue editor Francois Langlade, who once worked for the fashion house of Elsa Schiaparelli, passed away in 1983.

R.I.P Oscar De la Renta

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