New York red carpet mainstay and socialite Oscar De La Renta passed away last night at age 82, reports confirmed by his wife Annette de la Renta.
The cause was complications from cancer, that he fought through for several years but still was able to maintain his business and increase business by 50%, TO 150 MILLION in sales. His name is synonymous with huge red carpet events like the Oscars and other major award ceremonies. Actresses such as Amy Adams, Sarah Jessica Parker and Penélope Cruz have all donned his dresses on the red carpet.
De la Renta was diagnosed with cancer in 2006.
Born in the Dominican Republic in 1932, de la Renta left home at 18 to study painting in Madrid. It was there he developed a love of fashion design and began an apprenticeship with Cristóbal Balenciaga, who became his mentor, and then, landed a job with Lanvin in Paris. Soon after, he moved to New York City.
In 1965, the designer launched his own label, and soon caught the eye of former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Other first ladies including Nancy Reagan and Hillary Clinton would follow suit, as well as a bevy of A-list stars, from Amy Adams to Sandra Bullock to Jessica Biel and countless others.
He also launched a successful bridal line, and most recently, designed Amal Clooney’s wedding gown.
via: ABC News