Oscar de la Renta the designer known for his unapologetically feminine designs that appealed to women to every age died Monday evening. He was 82 years old. Oscar de la Renta was responsible for dressing big icons such as Jackie Kennedy, Michelle Obama and Audrey Hepburn
Oscar De la Renta posing with Ford Motor Company Model during Icons of Style event in New York City.
Oscar de la Renta was born on July 22, 1932, in the Dominican Republic. At the age of 18, he left the Caribbean to study painting in Madrid. During his tenure there he became infatuated with fashion and he quickly changed his focus to become one of the most sought-after names in haute culture. Oscar was king of the historical social anecdote, no matter if it was about the Marquis de Cuevas’s famous costume ball, or Marie-Hélène de Rothschild’s dinners. He lived through his youth, following the great bullfighters of Spain, when he worked in Madrid, he honed his design DNA in Paris and with his great success in New York, he always gave back, philanthropically.
It didn’t take long before the Dominican-born designer hit the mainstream. Oscar de la Renta, famous for glamorous garments that combined intricate workmanship with luxurious materials, was as admired on Hollywood red carpets as he was at socialites’ soirees. Most recently, Amal Clooney wore a de la Renta-designed dress when she married George Clooney at a lavish wedding in Venice.
“The world lost one of the most extraordinary people that I have ever met,” wrote supermodel Karlie Kross. “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.