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Latino Icon and Fashion Designer, Oscar de la Renta, Dead at Age 82

Sad news in the world of fashion today. ABC News reported a family member of the iconic Latino clothing designer, Oscar de la Renta confirmed his passing.

De la Renta died at age 82; he was diagnosed with cancer back in 2006.

Born in the Dominican Republic in 1932, de la Renta left home at 18 and ventured off into the world of fashion. He started off painting in Madrid, shortly after did an apprenticeship with Cristóbal Balenciaga and then worked for Lavin in Paris.

“When I first arrived here in 1963, all the names on clothes were the name of [the store]. You made your clothes, you sold them to the store, and they quickly removed the label and put the label of the store. If it was a dress at Saks Fifth Avenue, the label was Saks Fifth Avenue. Bergdorf Goodman was Bergdorf Goodman. But it was a time of transition.”

“A huge mistake we make is forgetting that one day we will die. We think that we are going to live forever. I always say life is a little like a garden. There is a time to plant, then a time you have to weed. Just think about people you’ve deeply cared for. And then think of the people you wish you’d spent more time with,” he told Gotham. “I always say this: Live, love and laugh,” he told Gotham magazine in 2013.

De la Renta’s recent success included a bridal line, in addition to designing Amal Clooney’s wedding gown. Last month she told Vogue:

“George and I wanted a wedding that was romantic and elegant, and I can’t imagine anyone more able than Oscar to capture this mood in a dress. Meeting him made the design process all the more magical, as he is so warm and such a gentleman.”

The fashion icon will be dearly missed.