Beloved fashion designer Oscar de La Renta has sadly passed away of cancer at the age of 82.
Oscar, who recently designed Amal Clooney’s wedding gown, was first diagnosed with cancer in 2006.
De La Renta did appear a bit frail at the women’s wear show in September.
Fern Mallis, the executive director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, referred to Oscar as “the sultan of suave.
AT the event last year, de la Renta said, “Yes, I had cancer. Right now, I am totally clean. The only realities in life are that you are born, and that you die. We always think we are going to live forever. The dying aspect we will never accept. The one thing about having this kind of warning is how you appreciate every single day of life.”
He was born in the Dominican Republic in 1932, leaving home at age 18 to study painting in Spain. But soon found he had developed a love of fashion design and started an apprenticeship with Cristóbal Balenciaga.
Balenciaga became his mentor and he soon landed a job with Lanvin in Paris.
Oscar de la Renta launched his own label in the 60s and became known when first lady Jaqueline Kennedy frequently wore his designs.
Since Kennedy, many first ladies including Betty Ford, Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton, and Laura Bush all frequently wore de La Renta gowns.
He married Francois Langlade, the editor of French Vogue. She passed away in 1983.
His second wife, who survives him, is philanthropist Annette Reed.
R.I.P. to a talented designer.
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