- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - Oscar de la Renta, who died Monday at 82, shaped American couture half a century ago when it emerged as a serious rival to European fashion designers.

His specialty was evening gowns, and celebrities from Penelope Cruz and Sarah Jessica Parker to former first ladies Laura Bush and Hillary Rodham Clinton wore his creations.

Here’s a gallery of some of his designs over the past five decades:

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This gallery was curated by photo editor Alyssa Goodman in New York.

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