Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta Dead At 82

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Oscar de la Renta, one of the most sought-after fashion designers of the last half century, died on Monday at the age of 82.

The New York Times said de la Renta died of complications from cancer.

De la Renta was born to a prominent family in the Dominican Republic and went to Spain to study art, but was drawn to fashion and started working alongside Spanish designer Cristobal Balenciaga.

He made his name in the 1960s dressing one of the major fashion icons of the day, first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, and established his company in New York in 1965.

De la Renta was known as one of the industry's classic creators, famous for elegantly feminine designs marked by flattering silhouettes with full skirts and cinched waists, often rendered in soft hues and floral patterns.

Most recently, de la Renta made the wedding dress for human rights lawyer Amal Amaluddin for her marriage in Venice, Italy, last month to Hollywood actor and director George Clooney.

Beyond its signature ready-to-wear women's collection, the company grew into a major luxury goods purveyor with lines of shoes, handbags, jewelry, home decor and fragrance.

De la Renta is survived by his wife, Annette.

Alamuddin at a final fitting, with <b>Oscar de la Renta</b> (right) and head tailor Raffaele Ilardo, in the designer’s New York studio. <b>Oscar de la Renta</b> ivory beaded-tulle dress with Chantilly-lace appliqu?. Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, October 2014

Alamuddin at a final fitting, with Oscar de la Renta (right) and head tailor Raffaele Ilardo, in the designer’s New York studio. Oscar de la Renta ivory beaded-tulle dress with Chantilly-lace appliqu?. 

Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, October 2014

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