Oscar de la Renta: A fashion force until the end
Oscar de la Renta: A gentleman designer with wide-ranging pop culture influence
Oscar de la Renta, who died Monday at age 82, was a gentleman designer who over the last five decades defined American elegance.
De la Renta’s pop culture influence was wide-ranging. He recently designed Amal Clooney ‘s wedding dress, and nearly every first lady in the modern era — including Betty Ford, Nancy Reagan, Laura Bush, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Michelle Obama — has worn his designs. Vogue editor Anna Wintour is also a big proponent of his clothes, which she wears often.
Although De la Renta is considered an American designer, his feminine style was more rooted in European couture traditions. He trained with Balenciaga and also worked as the designer of Balmain couture for nine years before founding his namesake label in 1965.
He was a force in fashion until the end.
Just last month, Amal Alamuddin wore an Oscar de la Renta gown to her wedding to George Clooney. De la Renta himself was at the final fitting, giving advice and making sure details were just so.