By: Crystal Evans
Oscar de la Renta, the legendary fashion designer who styled many socialites and celebrities with elegance throughout the world, has died.
The fashion industry has lost one of their most highly noted designers yesterday after de la Renta lost his long battle with cancer.
De la Renta was 82 when he died in his Connecticut home on Monday night.
Oscar Artistides Renta Fiallo, a self made designer who left his native country, the Dominican Republic, at the age of 18 went to Spain to follow his dreams. He then was mentored by Cristobal Balenciaga. At a runway show, he met Françoise de Langlade, the fashion editor of French Vogue and developed a strong relationship with her after he moved to New York in 1963.
De la Renta soon was working with Antonio Castillo, Elizabeth Arden, and more which eventually set him with the credentials to start his own line. Oscar de la Renta soon made a name for himself and supplied customers with gorgeous gowns.
“I’ve lived every day to the fullest, and I’ve had a marvelous time,” De la Renta said.
The Latin American designer won the hearts of people all over the world.
Celebrities such as Naomi Campbell, Iman, and Gloria Estefan quickly took to twitter to express their sorrows.
“What I will miss most about Oscar is that confidence he gave me,” Laura Bush said.
Dominican celebrities such as Zoe Saldana, Julissa Bermudez, and Dania Ramirez also said their condolences on social media and expressed their hurt about losing their fellow Dominican.
“The qualities I most admire in women are confidence and kindness,” Oscar de la Renta said.
De la Renta was the master of elegant attire and eye catching gowns. Oscar de la Renta set the standard for elegance in the fashion industry, as well. He gave women vibrant clothing that provided confidence and caught the eyes of whoever was watching.
Oscar de la Renta said to the Washington Post in 2001, ” When I started designing clothes for women in the ’60s, my typical customer got dressed in a suit and had lunch with friends. Today she’s on the list of endangered species.”
Oscar de la Renta will forever live on through his talent and genius spirit.
“The fashion business says goodbye to a mentor, a legend, and an icon,” fashion designer Kenneth Cole said. “He defined a standard we can only aspire to.”