Dominican Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dead at 82

By: Farrah Estrella
Oscar de la Renta
Dominican fashion designer Oscar de la Renta
passed away today in his home in Connecticut after a long battle with cancer.
De la Renta, 82, was an icon in the fashion and art communities.

For over 50 years he has been dressing some of the
most beautiful women in the world from first ladies such as Hillary Clinton, Nancy
Reagan and Laura Bush to socialites, celebrities and even Vogue editor Anna
Wintour. 
 
He recently appointed British designer Peter
Copping as creative director of the Oscar de La Renta brand, igniting rumors
that he will be retiring soon.

Born in 1932 in the Dominican Republic, he went to
Spain at the age of 18 to study painting but instead fell in love with fashion.
He landed a job working for couturier Cristobal Balenciaga and then worked with
Lanvin before moving to New York to work for Elizabeth Arden.

 

In 1965 he launched his Ready-to-Wear label and never
looked back. His fashion house now includes shoes, jewelry, perfumes, bridal, a
home collection and of course the fashion lines.

 

He was known for his ultra-feminine silhouettes, his
design style could be described as elegant, romantic and glamorous but WWD
described it best when they said that his signature style was “tastefully extravagant,
Paris-influenced, with an undercurrent of Latin pizazz”. 
 
Oscar de La Renta is survived by his wife Annette de La Renta
and his adopted son Moises de la Renta.
 
Oscar de la Renta

By Farrah Estrella

Farrah Estrella is an award winning Latina, plus size, fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger. A native of the Dominican Republic, she was a previous writer for Examiner.com and has been the editor of the Estrella Fashion Report since 2012. Follow her on twitter at @FarrahEstrella and @EstrellaFReport

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