- The Washington Times - Monday, October 20, 2014

Oscar de la Renta, the clothing designer whose wares were worn by celebrities and dignitaries, has died at the age of 82, media outlets are reporting, after battling cancer.

Mr. de la Renta famously dressed first ladies as well as scores of celebrities including Cameron Diaz, Oprah Winfrey and Penelope Cruz. One of his final high-profile assignments was the wedding dress for Amal Clooney, the new bride of actor George Clooney, according to Variety.

It was as a personal clothier to America’s first ladies that truly brough Mr. de la Renta his fame. His designs were favored by Jacqueline Kennedy and Nancy Reagan, and he also designed the frocks worn by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Laura Bush at their husbands’ inaugurations.

Mr. de la Renta was born in the Dominican Republic and studied in Spain before moving to Paris, the epicenter of the fashion world. He moved to New York in the 1960s where he lauched his eponymous label. He was married to French Vogue editor Francois Langlade, who preceded him in death in 1983. He is survived by his second wife, Annette Reed, Variety reported.

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