Oscar de la Renta Takes Final Bow

Oscar de la Renta Takes Final Bow

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Fashion Icon, Oscar de la Renta (82), has passed away, according to his family. ┬áCouturier to Hillary Clinton, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz and Jacqueline Kennedy. Most recently, he’d designed Amal Alamuddin’s wedding gown for her marriage to George Clooney.

The Dominican-American designer was diagnosed with cancer in 2006, reported ABC News. De la Renta was touted as one of the most sought-after fashion designers in the world. He was particularly known for his red carpet gowns and evening wear and his silk-taffeta and chiffon gowns were praised as pieces of art.

Born in 1932, de la Renta left home at 18 to study painting in Madrid. He later developed a love of fashion design and began an apprenticeship with Cristobal Balenciaga, who became his mentor, and then, landed a job with Lanvin in Paris.  He became internationally known in the 1960s as one of the couturiers to dress then US First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy. Of those he made to sparkle at inaugural balls, premieres and award ceremonies were Oprah Winfrey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz, Kerry Washington among many others.

De la Renta received many recognitions in his long career, including the Coty Award (the US fashion industry ‘Oscars’) in 1967 and 1968, as well as being inducted into the Coty Hall of Fame in 1973.