Remembering Oscar de la Renta

A tribute to the late, great legend of American fashion. 

On October 20, 2014, fashion designer Oscar de la Renta passed away at the ripe old age of 82. He battled cancer for the last eight years of his life, but never let it impede his work – he was still taking bows during Fashion Week and designing gowns for A-list celebrity weddings in the final weeks of his life. He dressed First Ladies, celebrities, and socialites, and his popularity exploded when he was in his 60s and 70s, proving that old age can be much more fabulous than youth. I’d like to memorialize him in the only way I know how – by admiring his beautiful, inspiring, timeless work.

First Ladies in Oscar de la Renta

Hillary Clinton in Oscar de la Renta

Hillary Clinton in Oscar de la Renta

Laura Bush, Jackie Kennedy, and Nancy Reagan in Oscar de la Renta

Laura Bush, Jackie Kennedy, and Nancy Reagan in Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta at the 2014 Met Gala

Amy Adams, Claire Danes, and Karlie Kloss at the 2014 Met Gala

Amy Adams, Claire Danes, and Karlie Kloss at the 2014 Met Gala

Taylor Swift and Sarah Jessica Parker at the 2014 Met Gala

Taylor Swift and Sarah Jessica Parker at the 2014 Met Gala

Oscar at Film Festivals

Freida Pinto at Cannes; Michelle Williams at AFI; Natasha Poly at Cannes

Freida Pinto at Cannes; Michelle Williams at AFI; Natasha Poly at Cannes

Oscar’s Biggest A-List Fans

Emma Watson in Oscar de la Renta

Emma Watson in Oscar de la Renta

Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta

Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta

Jessica Chastain in Oscar de la Renta

Jessica Chastain in Oscar de la Renta

Oscar at Awards Shows

Nicki Minaj at the 2011 American Music Awards; Carrie Underwood at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards; Katy Perry at the 2013 American Music Awards

Nicki Minaj at the 2011 American Music Awards; Carrie Underwood at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards; Katy Perry at the 2013 American Music Awards

Elle Fanning at the 2012 British Independent Film Awards; Tina Fey at the 2011 SAG Awards; Kerry Washington at the 2013 NAACP Image Awards

Elle Fanning at the 2012 British Independent Film Awards; Tina Fey at the 2011 SAG Awards; Kerry Washington at the 2013 NAACP Image Awards

Cameron Diaz at the 2010 Oscars; Jennifer Lawrence at the 2011 SAG Awards; Jennifer Garner at the 2014 Oscars

Cameron Diaz at the 2010 Oscars; Jennifer Lawrence at the 2011 SAG Awards; Jennifer Garner at the 2014 Oscars

Michelle Dockery at the 2014 Golden Globes; Kiernan Shipka at the 2013 SAG Awards; Zooey Deschanel at the 2014 Golden Globes

Michelle Dockery at the 2014 Golden Globes; Kiernan Shipka at the 2013 SAG Awards; Zooey Deschanel at the 2014 Golden Globes


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