Death of Oscar de la Renta - His Last Dress
Famed fashion designer Oscar de la Renta designed his last dress, the cream-colored lace gown worn by George Clooney's bride, Amal Alamuddin. It secured Amal's status as an international style icon. In a Vogue photo, Mr. de la Renta is shown overseeing Amal's final fitting.
Now, just weeks after the wedding of the year, the world mourns Mr. de la Renta's death at age 82 after a long battle with cancer.
He was the designer to the stars.
In 2010, he was with Oprah Winfrey at the Met Gala in New York when Winfrey said, "I'm walking down the red carpet with Oscar de la Renta! That is fun!"
And at this year's Met Ball, Sarah Jessica Parker wore a de la Renta dress with the designer's name scrawled across the back.
On Sex and the City, Parker said, "Oscar de la Renta, sleeveless silk, full-skirted dress. Now that is pure poetry."
Mr. de la Renta also dressed first ladies from Jacqueline Kennedy to Hillary Clinton and, most recently, Michelle Obama.
In 2009, INSIDE EDITION spoke with him about Michelle where he said, "I think Michelle Obama is great."
He also designed former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager's gown for her 2008 wedding. She paid tribute to him on the Today show this morning saying, "He was a gentle man. He was a true gentleman."
Mr. de la Renta's flagship store on Madison Avenue in New York City is closed today with a sign in the window that says, "Oscar passed away yesterday. Today we grieve. We'll be back tomorrow."
At Mr. de la Renta's store, a woman can find some of the most beautiful clothes in the world. Whether you wanted a wedding gown, a red carpet knockout, or an amazing evening dress, Mr. de la Renta could deliver a real winner.
Stella Bugbee, editorial director of The Cut in New York Magazine, said, "Oscar de la Renta represents a kind of glamour of a bygone era. I would hope that we can continue a bit of his spirit, but today marks a really sad moment for a loss of family."
His stepdaughter and son-in-law announced the designer's death with a handwritten statement, "He died exactly as he lived: with tremendous grace, great dignity...He is still very much with us."
Mr. de la Renta had once said, "How long am I going to live? I don't know. But I'm having a fantastic time and I love every single day."