Oscar de la Renta, a legendary fashion designer who shaped the wardrobe of socialites and film stars for four decades, has died at the age of 82.
De la Renta passed away yesterday evening at his home in Kent, Connecticut. While no cause of death has been revealed, he was diagnosed with cancer in 2006.
The death yesterday comes less than a month after Amal Alamuddin Clooney wore his dress for her wedding to George Clooney on September 27. A statement released by his family read:
“While our hearts are broken by the idea of life without Oscar, he’s still very much with us. Oscar’s hard work, his intelligence and his love of life are at the heart of our company.
We will make Oscar very proud of us by continuing in an even stronger way the work that Oscar loved so much” the statement read.
He worked as a designer for Elizabeth Arden, Balenciaga and Lanvin, before launching his label in 1965. He rose to fame in the U.S. for dressing First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.
He’s survived by a wife, a son, stepchildren and step grandchildren.
May his soul rest in peace.