Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies aged 82

October 21, 2014 admin No comments


Oscar de la Renta takes a bow with models Karlie Kloss, left, and Daria Strokous, right, after his Spring 2015 show in New York last month (Picture: AP Photo/Diane Bondareff, File)

He’s dressed celebrities from SJP to Nicole Kidman, First Ladies including Jackie Kennedy and Michelle Obama – and one of his final commissions was to design two wedding dresses for Amal Clooney last month.

Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta has died at the age of 82.

His wife Annette confirmed he passed away at his home in Kent, Connecticut on Monday.

The cause of his death is yet to be revealed but he was diagnosed with cancer in 2006.

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He was a favourite with the A-list who loved his beautiful, glamorous dresses (Picture: Getty Images for Oscar de la Renta)

Company executives of his eponymous label, Alex and Eliza Bolen said in a statement: ‘While our hearts are broken by the idea of life without Oscar, he is still very much us. Oscar’s hard work, his intelligence and his love of life are at the heart of our company.

‘All that we have done, and all that we will do, is informed by his values and his spirit. Through Oscar’s example we know the way forward. We will make Oscar very proud of us by continuing in an even stronger way the work that Oscar loved so much.’

Actress Amy Adams wore Oscar de la Renta to the Academy Awards in 2013 (Picture: Ian West/PA)

Actress Amy Adams wore Oscar de la Renta to the Academy Awards in 2013 (Picture: Ian West/PA)

Born in the Dominican Republic in 1932, De la Renta left home aged 18 to study art in Madrid. After discovering a love of fashion design, he served an apprenticeship under Cristobal Balenciaga in Madrid, before moving to Paris to work with Lanvin.

But, it was in the 1960s, after he moved to New York and began to design for First Lady Jackie Kennedy, that he rose to prominence. He would go on to dress Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton, and, earlier this month, Michelle Obama.

His intricate, beautiful gowns were also a favourite of the A-list and stars including Amy Adams, Jennifer Garner and Cameron Diaz have all dazzled in his evening dresses on the Oscars red carpet in recent years.

Date with the Russian

Carrie wore De la Renta for her date with the Russian (Picture: HBO)

An entire episode of Sex and the City was once dedicated to the designer, with Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie wearing a pink Oscar de la Renta gown to the ballet.

And he worked right up to his death. One of his last commissions was the elegant lace wedding gown worn by Amal Clooney last month.

George Clooney’s new wife told Vogue last month: ‘George and I wanted a wedding that was romantic and elegant, and I can’t imagine anyone more able than Oscar to capture this mood in a dress. Meeting him made the design process all the more magical, as he is so warm and such a gentleman.’

As De la Renta himself once said: ‘My role as a fashion designer is to make a woman feel her very best.’

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