Legendary Designer Oscar de la Renta Dies at 82

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A true fashion icon, Oscar de la Renta,  died last night at the age of 82.

De la Renta’s health was described earlier this month by the New York Times as “precarious.” He had cancer in 2006, and at his women’s wear show in September looked “frail.”

De la Renta was often described as the “sultan of suave”. He dressed every first lady since Jacqueline Kennedy. Among those whose glamor factor his dresses jazzed up: Oprah Winfrey, Ann Hathaway and, most recently, George Clooney’s bride Amal Alamuddin.

“We will always remember him as the man who made women look and feel beautiful,” former first lady Laura Bush said late Monday night. De la Renta designed the wedding dress for her daughter, Jenna.

The cause of his death, announced by close family friends and industry colleagues, was not immediately clear. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2006, but said last year he was “totally clean.”

“The only realities in life are that you are born, and that you die,” he told an audience at New York’s 92Y “Fashion Talks” series in June 2013. “We always think we are going to live forever. The dying aspect we will never accept. The one thing about having this kind of warning is how you appreciate every single day of life.”

To say his life was incredible may be the understatement of the century. He is a man that will truly be remembered not only for his designs, but his characters as well.

[via USA Today]

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