Iconic Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta Dies at 82

We are profoundly saddened by the news that world-renowned fashion designer Oscar de la Renta passed away Monday, Oct. 20, at his home in Kent, Connecticut

The cause of death is still unclear, but he had battled cancer since 2006. He was 82 years old.

Oscar de la Renta was a true gentleman of the fashion world, often called the “sultan of suave.” He dressed everyone from Oprah Winfrey to George Clooney’s new bride Amal Alamuddin, but he also dressed every first lady since Jacqueline Kennedy.

He had very close ties with the Clintons, having outfitted former First Lady Hillary Clinton on numerous occasions. In 2013, the Clinton Presidential Center featured an exhibit titled “Oscar de la Renta: American Icon,” which focused on his immense impact on the world of fashion. 

The Clinton family, Barbara Walters, longtime Vogue editor Anna Wintour (pictured above) and de la Renta all attended the event here in Little Rock, which you can view here.

A statement was released from Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky, on the passing of Oscar de la Renta, and we couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
We are deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend, Oscar de la Renta. His singular talent and exquisite taste elevated American fashion, and his warmth and friendship will be missed by our family and all whose lives he touched in his extraordinary journey.
Oscar’s remarkable eye was matched only by his generous heart. His legacy of philanthropy extended from children in his home country who now have access to education and healthcare, to some of New York’s finest artists whose creativity has been sustained through his support.
We will always be grateful to Oscar for the love he showed us, and for sharing his talent on some of the most important occasions of our lives. And we will never forget the joy, adventure, and beauty we shared with Oscar, his beloved wife, Annette, and their family during our many happy times together, especially those spent in his beloved Dominican Republic.
We join his family and many friends and admirers all over the world in mourning his loss, while also celebrating his beautiful and joyous life.

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