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Oscar de la Renta dies at 82

Elle Canada
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Oscar de la Renta dies at 82

oscar-de-la-renta-dies-82Oscar de la Renta after his Spring 2014 runway presentation at New York Fashion Week. Photo courtesy of ImaxTree.com.

Oscar de la Renta, the American fashion designer born in the Dominican Republic, passed away in his Connecticut home Monday night. He was 82. The news of the designer's passing comes within a month of his label achieving two monumental milestones: the naming of British designer Peter Copping--formerly of Nina Ricci--as its new creative director, and having designed Amal Alamuddin's wedding dress for her Venice nuptials to George Clooney in September. Known as the de facto fashion designer of the ladies who lunch (including first ladies Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton), de la Renta similarly earned his red carpet keep: his ultra-feminine gowns appeared on everyone from Sarah Jessica Parker to Jessica Chastain. Earlier this month Michelle Obama made headlines for finally wearing one of his signature romantic frocks to a cocktail party after her White House Fashion Education Workshop to showcase and promote American fashion designers. The designer also famously called then New York Times fashion critic Cathryn Horyn "a stale hamburger" in a full-page ad in Women's Wear Daily after a particularly unflattering review of his Spring 2013 collection (they remained friends). De la Renta's health had been steadily declining in recent years, having been diagnosed with cancer in 2006. The cause of his death remains unknown. READ MORE: Top 10 fashion feuds of all time New York Fashion Week Spring 2015: Your ultimate guide
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