Iconic Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta Passes Away At 82

Oscar de la Renta at his fashion show at Neiman Marcus-  Chevy C

Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta passed away Monday night after an eight year battle with cancer.

Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, de la Renta got his start working with couturier Cristobal Balenciaga in Spain before making his way to Paris in 1961. He joined Lanvin and later Elizabeth Arden after turning down a job with Christian Dior. in 1965 he launched his own label in New York  which later consisted of fragrance and furniture.

His lady-like frocks have been seen on powerful woman such as Hillary Clinton, Nancy Reagan, and Jacqueline Kennedy while his iconic gowns, have been seen on the red carpet adorning celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Cameron Diaz, Taylor Swift, Nicole Kidman, Emma Watson, just to name a few.

His long running career has not been without its share of controversy. In 2011, de la Renta critiszized First Lady Michelle Obama for wearing a British-designed gown on a trip to China instead of an American designer. In 2012, he called NY fashion critic Cathy Horyn “a stale three-day-old hamburger”. Fortunately, both conflicts have been resolved. Michelle Obama wore one of de la Renta’s dresses to the White House Fashion Education Workshop last week (smart lady) and Horyn appears to hold no grudge against her own critic in her obituary, published a few nights ago.

Take a look at some photos of celebrities wearing Oscar de la Renta dresses on the red carpet:

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Some Oscar de la Renta quotes:

“The greatest thing about fashion is that it always looks forward.”

“Fashion is a trend. Style lives within a person.”

“Walk like you have three men walking behind you.”

“Never in the history of the world have women been more in control of their destiny.”

“When I started, the women went to the store to buy dress. She saw it in pink and red, and then she remembered that her husband, who is probably going to pay for the dress, loves it in pink. So she buys the pink. Today, the same woman goes to the store and remembers the husband likes the pink, and she buys it in red.”

Sources: W, People

 

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