Oscar de la Renta, a fixture in American fashion who designed evening wear for first ladies and Hollywood starlets alike, has died. He was 82 years old.
De la Renta had been battling cancer for the last 10 years and finally succumbed to the disease on Monday, his wife, Annette de la Renta, confirmed to the New York Times.
A noted designer since the middle of the century, De la Renta was born in the Dominican Republic in 1932. He moved to Madrid in the '50s to study art and apprenticed there with another fashion icon, Cristobal Balenciaga. From there, the designer moved to Paris to work for Antonio del Castillo at Lanvin and, by 1963, was working for Elizabeth Arden in New York.
“Any girl from any walk of life dreams of that special dress, and I try to make that dream a reality for her," de la Renta said at the time.
In 2009, he told Vanity Fair about the difference between fashion and style. “Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable," he said. "Style is more about being yourself.”