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Oscar de la Renta dies at 82

Tuesday 21 October 2014
Words Lizzie

With only good things to say about the great and late Oscar de la Renta, it seems the world of fashion is left heartbroken at his departure. Known for his exquisite designs and for acting like an upmost gentleman at every occasion, his death has left a hole in the shape of an incredible man and fashion designer.

Instead of the focal point being on the death of a great man, instead the emphasis should center on just how amazing the life of this great man was. Serving as the base for his many future accomplishments, Oscar de la Renta learnt the tricks of the trade whilst working as an apprentice for Cristóbal Balenciaga in Spain, followed by a bout of working as a couture assistant to Antonio del Castillo in Paris before moving back to New York in the 60s where he set up his own label.

A label that was renowned for designs that mixed the sexiness of de la Renta’s Latin heritage with a pure sophistication he learnt whilst in Europe. It resulted in a label that entices a huge range of women, from singers, models and actresses to first ladies of the United States and the not forgetting those who would adore from afar when their budget would not quite cover the costs. Being a relatable and reliable designer is one of the reasons Oscar will be so dearly missed by those who wore and adored his designs.

Oscar de la Renta enlisted his brand’s first creative director earlier this month; Peter Copping will join the New York based label. Copping will not have to fill Oscar de la Renta’s boots, as no one could. But here’s hoping that the label lives on to celebrate what an amazingly talented man started all those years ago.

Naomi Campbell walking the Oscar de la Renta catwalk show in 1994.

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At Clinton’s second inauguration in 1997, Hillary Clinton wore an Oscar de la Renta dress, in keeping with his reputation for dressing the First Ladies.

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Close friend to the designer, Sarah Jessica Parker wore a Carrie Bradshaw-esque dress designed by de la Renta at the 2000 Emmys.

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Oscar de la Renta expanded his dress design and had his first bridal dress catwalk show in 2007.

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Taylor Swift had an ongoing adoration for the designer, she wore one of Oscar de la Renta’s dresses to this year’s Met Gala.

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Words: Eliza Frost