Legendary fashion designer Oscar de La Renta has died, a family member told ABC News. He was 82!
De La Renta, who most recently designed Amal Clooney’s wedding dress, was diagnosed with cancer in 2006.
Born in the Dominican Republic in 1932, De La Renta left home at 18 to study painting in Madrid. It was there he developed a love of fashion design and began an apprenticeship with Cristóbal Balenciaga, who became his mentor, and then, landed a job with Lanvin in Paris.
He made his name in the early 1960s when first lady Jaqueline Kennedy frequently wore his designs, and launched his own label in the mid-1960s.
Just last week, Oscar de la Renta — the company — announced the appointment of Peter Copping as creative director.
“Our Industry has not always done the best job when it comes to changes in design leadership. My hope is that, in leading this selection, and actively participating in the transition, I can insure the right design future for our company and brand,” de la Renta said in a statement then.