Oscar de la Renta, a beloved fashion icon whose name became synonymous with a certain refined, ladylike, and wholly luxurious aesthetic, passed away this week at age 82. There is perhaps no other in the industry with such a huge breadth of influence—from the White House to red carpets. His flattering and feminine pieces inspired women all around the world, and his attire adored several presidential first ladies. The editors, supermodels, actresses, and socialites whom he dressed, as well as the fashion designers he inspired, will all miss him.
Did you know?…
In 1998, Clinton appeared in Vogue, wearing Oscar de la Renta. It was the first time a first lady had been featured on the cover of the magazine.
First Lady Michelle Obama wore for the first time one of his dresses October 8, 2014. (that’s 2 weeks ago!)
De la Renta married Francoise de Langlade, an editor-in-chief of French Vogue, in 1967.
In 2002, de la Renta added his name to a whole new business venture: furniture. His 100 pieces for Century Furniture featured dining tables, upholstered chairs and couches.