A somber spirit enveloped the global style community Monday with the news that famed designer Oscar de la Renta had died. He was 82 years old. As recently as last month he was showing his latest collection to the industry's who's who at New York Fashion Week and also made headlines as the man behind Amal Clooney's wedding gown when she married George Clooney last month.
Read more on his life and passing below and view some photos from his career.
Reuters - Oscar de la Renta, one of the most sought-after fashion designers of the last half century, dressing American first ladies and Hollywood stars in his classic silhouettes, died on Monday at the age of 82.
An individual taking calls at the designer's home in Connecticut on Monday night confirmed his death. The Spanish-language television network Univision reported that de la Renta died after a 10-year battle with cancer.
De la Renta, who was born in the Dominican Republic and went to Spain to study art, made his name in the 1960s dressing one of the major fashion icons of the day, first lady Jacqueline Kennedy.
He was known as one of the industry's classic designers, famous for floral, feminine, classy, elegant designs, flattering silhouettes with full skirts, cinched waists, often in soft hues.
Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta and actress Dolores del Rio in May 1981 pose at the Casita Maria Benefit dinner at the Pierre Hotel in New York where the two were honored. The designer was a favorite of socialites and movie stars. (Associated Press)
Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta watches as the final model walks the runway during the presentation of his Spring 2013 collection at Fashion Week in New York in September 2012. (Kathy Willens/Associated Press)
Vogue editor Anna Wintour with Oscar de la Renta arrive for the Diane von Furstenberg Fall/Winter 2012 runway show at New York Fashion Week in February 2012. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)
Designer Oscar de la Renta acknowledges the audience after his Fall 2014 collection show during Fashion Week in New York in February. (Jason DeCrow/Associated Press)
Photo at top: Oscar de la Renta takes a bow with models Karlie Kloss, left, and Daria Strokous, right, after his Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York in September. (Diane Bondareff/Associated Press)