So long Oscar de la Renta

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The fashion world has been changed forever after the news of Oscar de la Renta’s death at 82. After battling cancer for eight years, an individual taking calls at the designer’s residence in Connecticut on Monday night confirmed his death, first reported by ABC News. The New York Times said de la Renta died of complications from cancer. From Hollywood stars to First Ladies, everybody loved Oscar’s fashion.

De la Renta was born in the Dominican Republic and studied in Spain with Cristobal Balenciaga. He emerged in the 60’s and has been thriving since.

His classical, feminine designs were favored by many, the most recent being, a wedding dress for Human Rights lawyer Amal Allamuddine for her Venice wedding to Hollywood superstar George Clooney.

Earlier this month, de la Renta appointed Nina Ricci’s artistic director, Peter Copping, as creative director of his company.  De la Renta said in a statement on Copping’s appointment: “Our industry has not always done the best job when it comes to changes in design leadership. My hope is that, in leading this selection, and actively participating in the transition, I can ensure the right design future for our company and brand.”

As of today the Oscar de la Renta homepage features a handwritten note from Eliza and Alex which reads in part: “He died exactly as he lived: with tremendous grace, great dignity and very much on his own terms.”

De la Renta is survived by his wife, Annette, and adopted son Moises. May his soul RIP.