Oscar de la Renta, a true fashion legend and an industry favorite, passed away at the age of 82. He was battling cancer.
Born in the Dominican Republic, de la Renta began his career in the arts, studying painting before moving on to fashion to apprentice with Cristobal Balenciaga. Following his stint in Spain, de la Renta traveled to Paris and continued his focus in fashion, working with Lanvin and Balmain before launching his own line in New York in 1965. Through the years, he became an icon in the industry, dressing everyone from Jacqueline Kennedy to Sarah Jessica Parker. Thanks to one of Michelle Obama's most recent appearances, he's successfully dressed every first lady since the stylish Jackie Kennedy.Most recently, he famously designed Amal Alamuddin's gown for her fairy tale wedding to George Clooney.
Just last week, the house announced that Peter Copping would take control of design of the brand, with plans to show his first collection during Fashion Week in February. The Oscar de la Renta brand will continue on in his mission and vision, but the fashion industry has lost a true visionary.