Reports: Fashion Icon Oscar De La Renta Dies After Long Cancer Fight

October 21, 2014

Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, 82, died Monday after a decade-long battle with cancer, The New York Times and other media outlets report. NPR has not independently confirmed the news.

The Times reports:

“Though ill with cancer intermittently for a decade, Mr. de la Renta was resilient. During that period, his business grew by 50 percent, to $150 million in sales, as his name became linked to celebrity events like the Oscars. Amy Adams, Sarah Jessica Parker and Penélope Cruz were among the stars who wore his dresses.

“Recently his biggest coup was to make the ivory tulle gown that Amal Alamuddin wore to wed George Clooney in Venice.”

Vogue wrote a piece about Alamuddin’s dress, which includes a photo of de la Renta at her final fitting.

The Washington Post notes that the Dominican-born de la Renta was a ground-breaker in the industry:

“He was the first Latino to be accepted into the exclusive ranks of Parisian fashion houses. Later as a U.S. citizen, he became the first American to design for a French couture house.”

The fashion label’s website was replaced with a static black-and-white image of the logo on Monday night, and celebrities on Twitter mourned his passing:

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