Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies at 82

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Oscar de la Renta

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(CNN – Oct. 20, 2014)– Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta has died, close friends of the family and industry colleagues told CNN on Monday.

He was 82. The cause of death was not immediately clear.

Throughout his career, de la Renta dressed first ladies, movie stars and some of the world’s most famous brides.

He enjoyed more than five decades in the spotlight — putting high society in haute couture — from Jacqueline Kennedy to, most recently, George Clooney’s new bride Amal Alamuddin.

His creations were a staple on the red carpet and his name is one of the best known both in and outside of the fashion industry.

“He was a true, true gentlemen, in the truest sense of the word — a real bright light — and this is just a terrible, terrible loss for the fashion world,” said Alina Cho, fashion journalist and editor at large at Random House.

Just last week, Oscar de la Renta — the company — announced the appointment of Peter Copping as creative director.

“Our Industry has not always done the best job when it comes to changes in design leadership. My hope is that, in leading this selection, and actively participating in the transition, I can insure the right design future for our company and brand,” de la Renta said in a statement then.

The fashion designer was born in the Dominican Republic. His New York-based company was established in 1965.

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