21 Oct 2014

Designer Oscar de la Renta dies

4:31 pm on 21 October 2014

American fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who dressed former first ladies Jackie Kennedy and Hillary Clinton, has died aged 82, US media are reporting.

Oscar de la Renta with American Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

Oscar de la Renta with American Vogue editor Anna Wintour. Photo: AFP / Getty Images North America

Mr De La Renta, who most recently designed Amal Clooney's wedding dress, was diagnosed with cancer in 2006.

He died at his home in Connecticut, reports say. The cause of his death was not immediately clear.

Born in the Dominican Republic in 1932, he left home at 18 to study painting in the Spanish capital, Madrid.

He soon developed a love of fashion design and began an apprenticeship with Spain's designer Cristobal Balenciaga, the BBC reports.

Mr De la Renta made his name in the early 1960s when the then first lady Jackie Kennedy frequently wore his designs. He launched his own label several years later.

The designer had been awarded the lifetime achievement award of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. He was also involved in fragrance and accessories business.

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