Oscar De La Renta had been diagnosed with cancer in the year 2006, though it’s unclear at this point what caused his death.
A statement from Oscar De La Renta’s stepdaughter and her husband, Eliza Reed Bolen and Alex Bolen, read as followed:
“While our hearts are broken by the idea of life without Oscar, he is still very much with us. Oscar’s hard work, his intelligence and his love of life are at the heart of our company. All that we have done, and all that we will do, is informed by his values and his spirit. Through Oscar’s example we know the way forward. We will make Oscar very proud of us by continuing in an even stronger way the work that Oscar loved so much.”
Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton too expressed their shock and stated, “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.”
Oscar De La Renta was born in the Dominican Republic and became internationally known in the ’60s as one of Jackie Kennedy’s favorite designers. He had just announced a knockoff version of Amal’s now famous gown would be added to his 2015 bridal collection.
He built his brand into more than just a fashion house, eventually launching his famous fragrance, OSCAR and also a home wares line.
First Ladies Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush all wore Oscar’s gowns for inaugurations and Hollywood celebrities like Kristen Stewart, Cameron Diaz, Oprah Winfrey and many others frequently wore his designs.
Oscar De La Renta, who recently designed Amal Alamuddin's wedding dress and famously dressed Jackie Kennedy is no more. He was eighty two. Oscar De...2.5