Oscar de la Renta died at 82 after a long battle with cancer, a family member confirmed to media sources. De la Renta was born in the Dominican Republic on July 22, 1932 and studied painting at the Academy of San Fernando in Madrid at 18 before starting work in fashion houses in Spain. De La Renta became known for swathing women in silk-taffeta and chiffon gowns that were praised as pieces of art. One of his well known quotes: “There is no sound more feminine than a woman in a taffeta dress.”
For over 50 years, he dressed everyone from first ladies such as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Hillary Clinton to A-list celebrities like Sandra Bullock, Jessica Chastain, Blake Lively and the Pop Star Katy Perry. His gowns were coveted and timeless. Amal Alamuddin wore de la Renta when she married George Clooney in Venice.