Fashion Mourns the Death of Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta
Oscar de la Renta with models at the end of his RTW Spring 1997 show.
Photo by Thomas Iannaccone

After a long battle with cancer, Oscar de la Renta, 82, died Monday night.

The Dominican Republic-born designer, best-known for his elegant evening attire and love of ready-to-wear, was a favorite of first ladies and fashionistas from Jacqueline Kennedy to Sarah Jessica Parker alike. Just last year, the designer won the prestigious Founders Awards from the Council of Fashion Designers of America, of which he was president during the ’60s and ’70s. De la Renta launched his accessories business in 2001.

“He was one of the last of American designers with a true European knowledge, who brought elegance, sophistication and cut. He was also one of the nicest, most generous and open-hearted men,” Manolo Blahnik told FN.

Posting on the fashion icon’s website, his team wrote, “He died exactly as he lived: with tremendous grace, great dignity and very much on his own terms.”

Fashion and footwear insiders took to social media to mourn the designer:

Diane von Furstenberg:
Oscar de la Renta was a wonderful designer, a true Renaissance man. His voice will continue to sing in our hearts. Love Diane

Ivanka Trump:
Truly saddened by the loss of one of the greatest fashion icons of all time. Oscar de la Renta will be greatly missed.

Rebecca Minkoff:
Saddened to hear the news about Oscar de la Renta. Thank you for bringing so much beauty into the world #RIP

Christian Siriano:
Very sad to hear of the passing of Oscar De La Renta. He was a master, and an inspiration to me and so many other artists. He made beauty.

Karlie Kloss:
The world lost one of the most extraordinary people that I have ever met. Thank you for helping me…

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