Oscar de la Renta passes away at age 82
"Devastated. A true class act, gentleman, legendary genius. #oscardelarenta rest in peace "The qualities I admire in women are confidence and kindness~Oscar de la Renta." May we all live up to his wise words" - Rachel Roy
"We lost a fashion icon. Thoughts & prayers for family, friends, & all at Oscar de la Renta. We'll miss you Oscar!" - Marc Jacobs
It’s a sad day for the fashion world: iconic designer Oscar de la Renta has passed away. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2006, but his cause of death is yet to be determined. The news comes just one week after the label announced a new creative director, Peter Copping, who formerly worked for Nina Ricci.
The Dominican-born designer was known for his breathtaking gowns; he dressed women in elegant, classic silhouettes that had a feminine allure unlike any other before him. He moved from Santo Domingo to Madrid to study painting at 18, going on to be mentored by Cristóbal Balenciaga during an apprenticeship, and then to work for Lanvin. The first time de la Renta made his mark in the industry was when he designed clothes for Jackie Kennedy in the early 1960s. He then started his own fashion label a few years later that made him a world-renowned designer admired by many.
The visionary worked right up until his death; most recently, de la Renta was the mastermind behind Amal Alamuddin’s beautiful gown for her wedding to George Clooney on September 27. Through the years, his elegant creations have been worn by many celebrities, including Taylor Swift, Sarah Jessica Parker, Audrey Hepburn and Beyoncé, to name a few.
Swift was among the first celebrities to pay tribute to de la Renta’s incredible life and career, and celebrities and peers from across the industry have been expressing their deep love and admiration for the designer.
"My all-time favorite designer has passed away. Oscar, it was an honor to wear your creations and to know you. In loving memory." - Taylor Swift
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"We are all truly saddened by the loss of one of the greatest fashion designers of all time. Oscar de la Renta will be greatly missed. Thank you for bringing so much beauty to our lives. #RiP"- Ivanka Trump
"The world lost one of the most extraordinary people that I have ever met. Thank you for helping me become the woman I am today and for always inspiring me to be better. There simply is no one else like you" - Karlie Kloss
"Que en Paz descanses Oscar De La Renta. You will forever live in all of our hearts, thank you for all the great memories and moments. It was an honor to work with you and be in your presence #RIP #ODLR" - Joan Smalls
"One of the most passionate, sophisticated, and iconic designers in fashion. To Annette, his beloved wife, and his children, our deepest most profound condolences. Oscar created a whole world of luxury, style, and elegance all his own. xx Vera" - Vera Wang
"The Gentleman of Fashion you will always be!!! RIP @oscarprgirl @OscarPRGirl #Oscar de la Renta" - Naomi Campbell