Oscar de la Renta passes away at 82
Iconic fashion designer Oscar de la Renta passed away in his Connecticut home last night at the age of 82. Though the cause of death is not completely clear yet, the fashion legend was diagnosed with cancer in 2006. He was born in 1932 in the Dominican Republic and paved his way to the top by working for designers like Balenciaga, Lanvin, and Elizabeth Arden. His own brand was launched in 1965 with his breakthrough ready-to-wear collection.
Throughout his career, de la Renta won a number of Coty awards (aka the fashion Oscars) and dressed notable first ladies, including Jackie Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, Hilary Clinton, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama. Other powerful women he’s dressed include Oprah Winfrey, Tina Fey, Emma Watson, Anne Hathaway amongst many others. Known for this knock out red carpet moments, we’ll aways remember that dress which Sarah Jessica Parker wore at this years MET gala – famously emblazoned with his signature in red.
Fans of his namesake label will be appeased knowing that before de la Renta passed away he appointed British-born designer Peter Copping as the new creative director of his brand. However the world will always remember the legacy that de la Renta left behind and the sheer elegance of his work. Rest in peace, Oscar de la Renta.
"Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself" – Oscar de la Renta