Legendary Dominican American fashion designer Oscar de la Renta has died at the well-lived age of 82. A name that’s traveled from the white house to the red carpets around the world for decades and has had an impact for half a century of fashion is not a fashion house that would nearly fade but should live forever in the history books.
Best known to the current generation for his red carpet gowns and eveningwear, de la Renta has done and is so much more than that. Those who are newer to Fashion culture probably wouldn’t know his history, even with some of their favorite labels like Lanvin and Balmain. Labels he’s worked for many years ago and that have recently jumped ship from their couture roots to being best known, again in this current generation as everyday wear.
Cause of death leads towards de la Renta’s history with cancer, which he spoke about being “totally free” at The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) a year after his diagnosis.
“Yes, I had cancer. Right now, I am totally clean. The only realities in life are that you are born, and that you die. We always think we are going to live forever. The dying aspect we will never accept. The one thing about having this kind of warning is how you appreciate every single day of life.”
We suggest aspiring fashion minds take this opportunity to reflect and research the history that is Mr. Oscar de la Renta. We can only know where we’re going if we know where we’ve come from, right?
May Oscar de la Renta Rest Peacefully.