Oscar de la Renta Has Passed Away


Sad news is filling the Twitter feeds tonight of those who follow fashion: Designer Oscar de la Renta has died. De la Renta, whose career spanned more than five decades and whose looks were worn by first ladies Jacqueline Kennedy, Betty Ford, Nancy Reagan, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, and (just this month!) Michelle Obama, passed away at his home in Connecticut. He was 82.

The weeks before de la Renta’s death were busy ones; he designed the gown worn by Amal Alamuddin when she married George Clooney in Venice and hired designer Peter Copping from Nina Ricci to be his label’s new creative director. Though de la Renta was not based in Los Angeles, his work certainly made an impact here thanks to the Academy Awards and the many actresses who picked his dresses for the occasion, like Amy Adams, who wore the Best Dressed List-topping powder blue princess gown below to the awards show in 2013.

“Oscar is talented, generous, kind, funny, naughty, loving—he is everything,” said Diane Von Furstenberg at the 2012 Couture Council Awards, where de la Renta accepted the award for Artistry. Said de la Renta that same night: “I’m very lucky because I love what I do.”

Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta
Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta

Photograph courtesy fashion.hokla.nl