Fashion Icon Oscar de La Renta Dies at 82


Legendary fashion designer Oscar de La Renta has died, a family member told ABC News. He was 82.

De La Renta, who most recently designed Amal Clooney’s wedding dress, was diagnosed with cancer in 2006.

Born in the Dominican Republic in 1932, De La Renta left home at 18 to study painting in Madrid. It was there he developed a love of fashion design and began an apprenticeship with Cristóbal Balenciaga, who became his mentor, and then, landed a job with Lanvin in Paris.

He made his name in the early 1960s when first lady Jaqueline Kennedy frequently wore his designs, and launched his own label in the mid-1960s.

Since Kennedy, first ladies Betty Ford, Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush all frequently wore de La Renta gowns.

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RIP to a legend

i was so sad when i heard about oscar de la renta's death :( im really going to miss seeing his beautiful dresses.... just out of curiousity, what was your favorite collection by him?



The Diana Vreeland era of OdlR is a pinnacle moment in American fashion and therefore one of my favorites. However, OdlR is impressive as he spanned more than 50 years at the helm of his own namesake label seamlessly transitioning apparel as generations of starlets, dignitaries, socialites, etc. passed through his atelier and remained interesting, creative and in many ways ahead of the curve. He is an indisputable leader in evening wear, he contributed to icons such as Jackie O and Elizabeth Arden amongst countless others. There are no favorites. He’s a favorite. Fashion would not be what it is without him bringing Paris to America 50 years ago and consistently reminding us of where we’ve been and foreshadowing where we’re going. 

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A look from the John Galliano RTW Spring 1993 collection.
Photo by Cedric Dordevic
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Magdalena Jasek at Saint Laurent S/S 2013
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John Galliano on the runway during the finale of his spring 1998 couture collection for Christian Dior.
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