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oscar-de-la-renta-passes-main Fashion icon and designer Oscar de la Renta has died at 82, according to ABC News. 

A legend of the industry, he dressed iconic women for ages, from Jacqueline Kennedy to Jennifer Garner, Michelle Obama to Sarah Jessica Parker. 

De la Renta most recently sent a stunning Spring 2015 collection down the runway at New York Fashion Week in September, and wowed celebrity and fashion fans alike by designing Amal Clooney's wedding dress this past summer. 

oscar-de-la-renta-passes-image3Amal Alamuddin at her final fitting with Oscar de la Renta (Photo: Annie Leibovitz/Vogue)

Just earlier this month, the Dominican-born designer had Michelle Obama join his list of fashionable first ladies to wear his work, following Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush.

He was diagnosed with cancer in 2006 but said last year in an interview that he was "totally clean" of the disease and not at all interested with retiring. 

"The only realities in life are that you are born, and that you die," he told the International Business Times. "We always think we are going to live forever. The dying aspect we will never accept. The one thing about having this kind of warning is how you appreciate every single day of life."

When asked if he could ever hang up his needle and thread, so to speak, de la Renta said, "People ask me, ‘At your age, when are you going to retire?' I think every single day there is a learning process. For a long time...I wondered what would happen to the brand when I am no longer here. But I will be here for a very, very long time."

As a two-time winner of the American Fashion Critics' Award, having been honored with the CFDA's Founders award last year, and having created countless memorable style moments on red carpets, events, weddings and more, his prediction was an honest one. 


Oscar de la Renta and Oprah Winfrey at 2010 Met Gala (Photo: PR Photos)

De la Renta was always clear who he designed for - women who truly cared what they were wearing and how they wore it. 

"Let me tell you, it was never the ladies who lunch," he told Vanity Fair. "They never lunched! They always wanted to stay thin. You want to know who my customer is? All the women who can afford to buy my clothes! My customers are successful working women. They might be spending less at the moment, but my approach is that fashion must always be optimistic, and that a woman will always be enticed by beautiful clothes."

oscar-de-la-renta-passes-image1Sarah Jessica Parker wearing Oscar de la Renta at 2014 Met Gala in New York City, New York
(Photo: Xavier Collin/Celebrity Monitor)

"We live in an era of globalization and the era of the woman. Never in the history of the world have women been more in control of their destiny." 

De la Renta is survived by his second wife, Annette Engelhard, and son Moses. He also had step-children from both of his marriages.

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