Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dead at 82

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Feb. 4, 2008, designer Oscar de la Renta is applauded after the presentation of his fall 2008 collection during Fashion Week in New York. (Courtesy of AP)

The fashion world is in mourning. At 82 years old, designer Oscar de la Renta, passed away Oct. 20, due to complications from cancer.

He spent half a century dressing women the way they deserve to be dressed in haute couture. Often described as the “sultan of suave,” de la Renta has dressed every first lady since Jacqueline Kennedy.

“We will always remember him as the man who made women look and feel beautiful,” former First Lady Laura Bush said.

Trained by Cristóbal Balenciaga and Antonio del Castillo, de la Renta worked for Lanvin and Balmain before venturing out on his own. In his career he won countless awards and dressed a diverse group of distinguished women and celebrities. Many of his dresses were on display in the George W. Bush Presidetial Library this fall.

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