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Oscar de la renta, 1932- 2014 Timeless Fashion Designs

Oscar de la Renta /AP file photo

Oscar de la Renta /AP file photo

By Julie M. Dedebant

Fashion Icon Oscar de la Renta has passed away at the age of 82, on Oct. 20, 2014 in Kent Ct. His    legacy will live forever though, leaving behind a 600 million dollar business, and he just celebrated his 50 year anniversary of designing clothes at the age of 80. Oscar will be remembered for many years to come in the fashion world. He has been an inspiration to numerous designers such as Donna Karen and Kenneth Cole. His collections have been around the world for many years and he is mostly known for his beautiful elaborate ball gowns, red carpet ready.

Oscar did it all; he had a furniture line and a fragrance line as well.  You could find him on 5th avenue for sure in New York City as well as Neiman Marcus. Oscar de la Renta has styled and designed clothing for numerous socialites, first ladies, celebrities, politicians, and many more. His latest design for was George Clooney’s wife Amal Alamuddin Clooney, with a large spread in Vogue magazine to follow. Oscar  was extremely respected in the fashion world.  Oscar was from the Dominican Republic and fashion was his passion. Oscar left home at the age of 18 to study painting in Madrid and decided to study fashion instead. He started as an apprentice in the Balenciaga family, a sure Haute Couture institution.

Haute Couture is high quality fashion and extremely expensive. Oscar got noticed when he was designing clothes for the former first  lady, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis back in the 1960’s, and has dressed many first  ladies since, Nancy Reagan, Laura Bush, and Hillary Clinton to name a few. Oscar also designed Jenna Bush’s’ wedding gown, daughter of first lady Laura Bush.

Oscar de la Renta had just presented his spring 2015 Collection at New York’s Fashion week back in September surely not knowing this would be his last collection shown while he was still alive.  Even though he is gone his classic designs will never be forgotten.

We hope to see Oscar’s collections on the red carpet for many years to come.   This legend will live forever and the women that he has dressed for the last 50 years will always remember how beautiful he always made them feel.   

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