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Photos: Oscar de la Renta Remembered

Photos: Oscar de la Renta Remembered

Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, whose creations graced the figures of movie stars and first ladies alike over his five decades in fashion, died Monday at the age of 82. His wife, Annette de la Renta, confirmed his death, which was due to complications from cancer.

Born in the Dominican Republic, de la Renta studied art in Spain and worked with designer Cristobal Balenciaga before starting his own company in New York in 1965. Jackie Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, and Laura Bush wore his dresses to inaugural dinners and on other occasions, and most recently, Michelle Obama wore a de la Renta dress for the first time at a cocktail party following a White House Fashion Education Workshop on October 8.

De la Renta’s dresses also made countless appearances on the red carpet, and were worn by Oprah Winfrey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, Penelope Cruz and myriad others.

Sarah Jessica Parker presents the outstanding directing for a miniseries, Movie or special at the 52nd annual Emmy Awards show September 10, 2000. Adrees Latif/Reuters

De la Renta and Oprah Winfrey celebrate the opening of American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit in New York May 3, 2010. Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Actress Jessica Biel wears a dress designed by Oscar de la Renta and jewelry by Neil Lane to the 79th Annual Academy Awards on February 25, 2007. Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Best supporting actress nominee Jennifer Hudson, from the film ‘Dreamgirls,’ wearing a dress designed by Oscar de la Renta and jewelry by Fred Leighton at the 79th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 25, 2007. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Jennifer Garner, star of the film ‘Juno,’ dressed in Oscar de la Renta at the 80th annual Academy Awards, February 24, 2008 Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Amy Adams, best supporting actress nominee for her role in ‘The Master,’ wears an Oscar de la Renta dress at the 85th Academy Awards February 24, 2013. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

De la Renta was also a favorite among celebrity brides, and designed the wedding dresses of Jenna Bush and Kate Bosworth, and Amal Alamuddin, who recently married actor George Clooney.

President George W. Bush poses with his daughter Jenna, prior to her wedding to Henry Hager at Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, Texas, May 10, 2008. White House/Shealah Craighead/Handout/Reuters

I’m thinking of this man today and my heart is broken. So honored that I knew and loved him.

— Jenna Bush Hager (@JennaBushHager) October 21, 2014

Oscar de la Renta’s final creation: Amal Alamuddin’s dress for her wedding to George Clooney.

In a joint statement released by the former first family, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky said:

His singular talent and exquisite taste elevated American fashion, and his warmth and friendship will be missed by our family and all whose lives he touched. Oscar’s remarkable eye was matched only by his generous heart. His legacy of philanthropy extended from children in his home country who now have access to education and healthcare, to some of New York’s finest artists whose creativity has been sustained through his support.

President Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton dance at the first inaugural ball of the evening at the Old Post Office Building in Washington, January 20. STR New/Reuters

First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton lifts the hem of her Oscar de la Renta gown backstage, after winning a Grammy in the best spoken word category for ‘It Takes a Village’ at the 39th Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York, February 26, 1997. Jeff Christensen/Reuters

“George and I are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend, Oscar de la Renta. We will miss Oscar’s generous and warm personality, his charm, and his wonderful talents,” said former first lady Laura Bush in a statement released Monday. “My daughters and I have many fond memories of visits with Oscar, who designed our favorite clothes, including Jenna’s wedding dress. We will always remember him as the man who made women look and feel beautiful.”

First lady Laura Bush and de la Renta pose after a press conference at the Fall 2004 Fashion Week, February 9, 2004 in New York City. Jeff Christensen/Reuters

U.S. President George W. Bush (R) reaches to dance with first lady Laura Bush at the Independence Ball in Washington January 20, 2005. Bush was sworn in for his second term in office earlier in the day. Jason Reed/Reuters

Others—from politicians to musicians to fashion bloggers—tweeted and posted on Instagram about de la Renta’s death:

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

Oct 10, 2014 at 7:03pm PDT

So sad for the loss of this legend. Oscar de la Renta thank for all the beauty and inspiration you shared with us. #odlr #oscardelarenta

I really loved the way Oscar understood life: always bright, positive, full of color (like his clothes)

Oscar de la Renta was a genius, a master of his craft, a true New Yorker and an inspiration for all immigrants. He will be missed.

— Scott M. Stringer (@scottmstringer) October 21, 2014

Remembering Oscar De La Renta: In 1976, his “Spring Show [was] All Color, Silk and Flare”

— NYT Archives (@NYTArchives) October 21, 2014

R.I.P Oscar de la Renta. What a truly creative and exciting life lived – no doubt a designing genius who will be an immortal fashion icon.

— Leanne Woodfull (@LeanneWoodfull) October 21, 2014

You made this a dream come a True !! R I P TheGentlemanofFashion #Oscar de la Renta

— Naomi Campbell (@NaomiCampbell) October 21, 2014

Work hard. Believe in yourself. It’s not the publicity that sells the clothes, it’s the woman.” RIP Oscar de la Renta an absolute legend

— Jessica Wright (@MissJessWright_) October 21, 2014

So sorry to lose Oscar De La Renta today, an American fashion legend and philanthropist.

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 21, 2014


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